Holidays & Observances in Iceland
Iceland is a Northern European island. Its people are mostly descended from Nordic Vikings, and its detachment from other countries has allowed it to maintain its Nordic culture. Icelanders value independence and good work ethic above most other attributes. Religion is not an extremely important part of the culture, though many Icelanders identify themselves as Christians. Christian holidays are widely celebrated. Holidays celebrated in the summer tend to be more publicly and enthusiastically celebrated than winter holidays because of Iceland’s northern location. Most of the day is dark in the winter.