The First Day of Summer in Iceland

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The First Day of Summer or ‘’Sumardagurinn Fyrsti’’ is an annual public holiday in Iceland held on the first Thursday after 18 April, between April 19th  - 25th. Many decades ago, the Icelanders used the Old Norse calendar which divided the year into only two seasons, winter and summer which explains why the anniversary is held so early!

The climate in late-April cannot be considered to be summer-like, after the long winter, Icelanders still celebrate this first day of ‘’summer’’ with parades, sporting events and organized entertainment, held in various places all around Iceland.






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