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Summer in Reykjavík

Today is Labor Day

Today Iceland celebrates Labor Day, as is celebrated in many countries across Europe. Also referred to as May Day, it has been a national holiday in Iceland since 1966 and is one of the country’s 11 flag days.

Summer in Reykjavík

Today is the First Day of Summer

Today is the first day of Harpa, the first summer month of the old Icelandic calendar, which is also officially the first day of summer, or Sumardagurinn fyrsti. The holiday always falls on the first Thursday after April 18 and has been a bank holiday since 1921.

Skiing on Hlíðarfjall

Today is Easter Monday

Easter Monday is a bank holiday and the last day of Easter celebrations in Iceland. It is known as Annar í páskum ('The second day of Easter') in Icelandic and also commemorates the resurrection of Christ.

Dómkirkjan church

Today is Good Friday

Good Friday, or Föstudagurinn langi (‘Long Friday’) in Icelandic, is a bank holiday in Iceland and part of Easter celebrations. It commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and is a day of mourning.

Oslo Christmas Tree, Austurvöllur.

Oslo Wants to Nurture Reykjavík Relations Despite Tree Tussle

The mayor of the Norwegian capital, Oslo says he does not want the traditions associated with the so-called Oslo Christmas tree in Reykjavík to die off following a proposal for Reykjavík’s main Christmas tree to be felled in Iceland this year, instead of being sent as a gift from Oslo.

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