On the Icelandic National Day, locals celebrate the foundation of the Republic of Iceland on the 17th of June in 1944. The date also marks the island’s independence from Denmark, which happened that same year.

In addition, June 17th is the birthday of national hero Jón Sigurðsson, who fought for his country’s freedom as leader of the 19th-century Icelandic independence movement.

Icelanders love to celebrate their national day by spending time with their families and friends and attending various public events.

There’s a big parade in Reykjavik and lots of fun things to do for kids, like jumping castles and games. Visitors and locals can also enjoy concerts, dance groups, and other cultural entertainment.

Be sure to congratulate your Icelandic friends. And ask Iceland ProTravel how they can custom-build an itinerary that includes Icelandic National Day in 2024.

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