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Volcanic eruptions in Iceland caused a brief drop in tourist arrivals. 10.02.2024

Between 10 July and 5 August 2023, lava erupted at Mount Litli-Hrutu, resulting in a 9% decrease in international arrivals. Due to seismic activity, the Blue Lagoon geothermal resort was closed from November to January. According to ForwardKeys, an analytics company, the number of travel enquiries to Iceland in early 2024 fell by 62%. However, adventure tourism companies G Adventures and WeRoad have reported a nearly twofold increase in tour sales. Iceland continues to be one of the most popular European destinations, with tourist numbers surpassing pre-pandemic 2019 figures.

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Updated 23.02.2024


Iceland: country’s borders status

Borders are open. Currently there are no imposed COVID-related restrictions.

National holidays in Iceland in 2024

Public holidays and festivals in Iceland in 2024. Non-working days:

  • January 1, Monday: New Year (Nýársdagur);
  • March 28, Thursday: Maundy Thursday (Skírdagur);
  • March 29, Friday: Good Friday (Föstudagurinn langi);
  • March 31, Sunday: Easter Sunday (Páskadagur);
  • April 1, Monday: Easter Monday (Annar í páskum);
  • April 25, Thursday: First Day of Summer (Sumardagurinn fyrsti);
  • May 1, Wednesday: May Day (Verkalýðsdagurinn);
  • May 9, Thursday: Ascension Day (Uppstigningardagur);
  • May 19, Sunday: Pentecost (Hvítasunnudagur);
  • May 20, Monday: Whit Monday (Annar í hvítasunnu);
  • June 17, Monday: Icelandic National Day (Þjóðhátíðardagurinn);
  • August 5, Monday: Commerce Day (Frídagur verslunarmanna);
  • December 24, Tuesday: Christmas Eve (Aðfangadagur);
  • December 25, Wednesday: Christmas (Jóladagur);
  • December 26, Thursday: St. Stephen’s Day (Annar í jólum);
  • December 31, Tuesday: New Year’s Eve (Gamlársdagur).


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