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Ascension Day
Iceland

Ascension Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Iceland

Ascension Day is a holiday in Iceland to commemorate Jesus Christ’s ascension to heaven as recorded in the Bible. It is observed on the fortieth day of Easter – 39 days after Easter Sunday – and always fall on a Thursday.

YearDateDayHoliday
202113 MayThuAscension Day
202226 MayThuAscension Day
202318 MayThuAscension Day
20249 MayThuAscension Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Iceland’s schools shut down for Ascension Thursday as do many local businesses. However, you can still find some restaurants and other places of business open in the capital city of Reykjavik. And essential government services and banks continue as usual.

Most people in Iceland get the day off and choose to spend it with their family. There are usually some outdoor activities and some homemade food to munch on. Many also go to church on Ascension Day and may “snuff at” the Easter candle to make it move and rise up. This is to symbolise Christ’s ascension. Later that day, the Easter candle will be put out, having burned since Easter Sunday.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202021 MayThuAscension Day
201930 MayThuAscension Day
201810 MayThuAscension Day
201725 MayThuAscension Day