Summer begins in Iceland – but it’s still freezing

Reykjavík, Iceland.

Reykjavík, Iceland. Image by EmilyStAubert / CC BY 2.0

Summer has officially begun in Iceland. The first Thursday after 18 April is a bank holiday, and is celebrated with parades. Some attractions offer free entry and children receive summer gifts. But don’t expect warm temperatures – Reykjavík is unlikely to experience a rise much above freezing this week. The day marks the start of Harpa, the first summer month in the old Icelandic Calendar. It was once considered the first day of the year, and Icelanders used to count their ages in winters rather than in years. Read more:

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