Europe Iceland Iceland Guide Things To Do Essentials All Iceland When Is Independence Day in Iceland (National Day)? Written by Terri Mapes Facebook Twitter Terri Mapes specializes in giving first-time Scandinavia visitors practical tips for their travels. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Terri Mapes Updated 06/13/19 Share Pin Email Arctic-Images / Getty Images When is Independence Day in Iceland celebrated, and what are the local Icelandic traditions travelers can experience on the "Iceland National Day"? Icelandic Independence Day is June 17, a major annual event in Iceland commonly known as National Day. Enjoy the Fourth of July early! National Day in Iceland is a great time to visit the country, with warmer temperatures in Iceland. On June 17 each year, Reykjavik hosts Independence Day parades, street theater, sideshows, flags, and dancing. Icelanders love to celebrate this national holiday (also see Holidays & Festivals in Scandinavia.) Iceland National Day in Icelandic is "þjóðhátíðardagurinn" (the day of the nation's celebration). In 1944, the Scandinavian country of Iceland declared full independence from the Danish crown. Icelanders selected June 17 to be the official holiday because it was the birthday of Jon Sigurdsson who is regarded as Iceland's champion to the nationalist cause. Learn more about other June events, along with monthly weather, activities and packing tips in Scandinavia in June and also visit National Holidays in Scandinavia! Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit The Best Time to Visit Japan The Best Time to Visit Copenhagen The Best Time to Visit Belize The Best Time to Visit Aruba The Best Time to Visit Iceland The Best Time to Visit Italy The Best Time to Visit the Caribbean The Best Time to Visit the Netherlands The Best Time to Visit Bangkok Best Time to Visit England The Best Time to Visit Finland Find Out the Best Time of Year to Visit Mexico City The Best Time to Visit Puerto Rico The Best Time to Visit Melbourne The Best Time to Visit St. Louis When's the Best Time to Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands?