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.
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.
On Easter Sunday, Páskadagur (“Easter Day”), people in Iceland often have roast meat for dinner, often lamb, and enjoy chocolate Easter eggs.
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.
Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), known as Skírdagur in Icelandic, is a bank holiday and part of Easter celebrations in Iceland
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.
The Chicago police are investigating a defacement of 18 statues by Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Þórarinsdóttir at the city’s Grant Park.
More than 60 events will take place at the 28th annual Reykjavík Arts Festival, which will be held May 22-June 5, 2014.
The April/May issue of Iceland Review features Iceland’s guardians: writer Andri Snær Magnason, musician Björk and Iceland’s former President, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir.
Not only will British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver be attending the Great BBQ Day in Garður, Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland, but there will be a hot dog eating competition.
Chris and Lisa Whitear recently opened 101 Reykjavík, an Icelandic-style cafe bar in Southsea, the U.K.
Fifty-seven percent of Icelanders aged 12 to 80 years watched a live broadcast of Einar Már Guðmundsson’s theater play Angels of the Universe on RÚV on Sunday night.
The Icelandic Naming Committee has rejected the name Eldflaug (‘Missile’) as a first name for girls but approved the boy's name Skröggur (‘Scrooge’).
Police in the capital area have commented that the Icelandic flags which have been raised at the Reykjavík City Hall in celebration of the annual DesignMarch festival, which started yesterday, may be in violation of the flag law. Icelandic flags can only be displayed along with flags of other...
Five Reykjavík City museums—Viðey Island Museum, Reykjavík Museum of Photography, Reykjavik 871 +/-2 The Settlement Exhibition, Víkin The Reykjavik Maritime Museum and Árbær Open Air Museum—will unite on June 1.