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Easter
Svalbard

Easter 2022, 2023 and 2024 in Svalbard

Easter is regarded as the most important holy day by Christians, and in Svalbard it is celebrated with holidays on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

YearDateDayHoliday
202214 AprThuMaundy Thursday
15 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprSunEaster Sunday
18 AprMonEaster Monday
20236 AprThuMaundy Thursday
7 AprFriGood Friday
9 AprSunEaster Sunday
10 AprMonEaster Monday
202428 MarThuMaundy Thursday
29 MarFriGood Friday
31 MarSunEaster Sunday
1 AprMonEaster Monday
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The date of the holiday changes each year based on the centuries-old calculations that determine the Christian Ecclesiastical Calendar, such that the date of Easter Sunday can be anytime between 22 March and 25 April.

Eastertime is a welcome period off from work for those involved in Svalbard’s mining and fishing industries. And kids love to get out of school just as the weather begins to warm up a bit in this cold northern land.

There is no Easter bunny in Svalbard or in Norway, but everyone paints and eats as many Easter eggs as they can. Foods of the season include lamb, which is normally the main dish, oranges, chocolates, Easter cake, Easter bread, and fish.

Many also take time to view the Northern Lights, which are often bright this time of year, go polar bear watching, snowmobile, ski, explore by dogsled, or visit ice caves along the melting edges of Longyear Glacier. Some go on cruises of the outlying islands, and a surprising number of tourists arrive. Homes are normally decorated with an abundance of the colour yellow, and Easter eggs may be decoratively hung from birch tree branches.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20211 AprThuMaundy Thursday
2 AprFriGood Friday
4 AprSunEaster Sunday
5 AprMonEaster Monday
20209 AprThuMaundy Thursday
10 AprFriGood Friday
12 AprSunEaster Sunday
13 AprMonEaster Monday
201918 AprThuMaundy Thursday
19 AprFriGood Friday
21 AprSunEaster Sunday
22 AprMonEaster Monday
201829 MarThuMaundy Thursday
30 MarFriGood Friday
1 AprSunEaster Sunday
2 AprMonEaster Monday
201713 AprThuMaundy Thursday
14 AprFriGood Friday
16 AprSunEaster Sunday
17 AprMonEaster Monday