Iceland's National Day
Reykjavik is livelier than ever on Icelandic National Day, which is held on June 17. Festivities include street theater, a concert, accordion ball, dances, circuses, vendors, sports performances, a vintage car show, and more. The action starts at church, though, with the chiming of all church bells in Reykjavik, followed by a mass at Domkirkjan Cathedral.
There is the Icelandic government’s National Day ceremony at Austurvöllur Square, followed by a parade from Austurvöllur to Suðurgata Cemetery, where the chairman of the city council lays a floral wreath on the grave of Jón Sigurðsson, who led the country’s independence movement in the 1800s.