National Day of Iceland

The Icelandic National Day celebrations in Reykjavík take place annually in the city centre on June 17th from 10 o'clock in morning until 7 pm. 

The programme includes family oriented entertainment with street theatre and a variety of wonderful activites, followed by a concert at Arnarhóll and an accordion ball at City Hall.

The programme starts with the chiming of all church bells in Reykjavík, followed by a mass in Domkirkjan Cathedral. At 11:10 the Icelandic government's National Day ceremony starts at Austurvöllur Square, followed by a parade from Austurvöllur to Suðurgata Cemetery, where the Chairman of the City Council lays a wreath of flowers on the grave of Jón Sigurðsson.

Family oriented entertainment starts at 13:00 with parades from both Hlemmur and Hagatorg Square. In Hljómskálagarður Park (by Tjörnin lake) complimetary activities include, outdoor play sets, games and a show from Brúðubíllinn (puppet show). On the main stage at Arnarhóll there's family entertainment and a late afternoon concert. The Icelandic Circus makes appearances all over town with engaging characters, workshops and circus shows.

The full programme can be found in English on the Icelandic National Day website.