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First Day of Summer in Iceland - Photos Featured

Nauthólsvík beach in Reykjavík today Nauthólsvík beach in Reykjavík today

Today we celebrate the official first day of summer in Iceland. It doesn't really mean we necessarily have good weather now - but this is the official first day, and it was not so bad at all.

The First Day of Summer (Sumardagurinn fyrsti) is an annual public holiday in Iceland held on the first Thursday after 18 April. In former times, the Icelanders used the Old Norse calendar which divided the year into only two seasons, winter and summer. Although 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 around Iceland.

The first day of summer in Iceland has been a bank holiday since 1921 and is one of eleven official flag days in Iceland.

Following are a few photos taken in Reykjavík today. Happy summer!

 

Last modified onThursday, 24 April 2014 21:46
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