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Annual Events in Scandinavia & Public Holidays

Overview of Annual Events in Scandinavia

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Will there be any public holidays or large annual events in Scandinavia during the time you travel to Scandinavia? Events and holidays may mean business closures impacting travel - more crowds, closed banks, etc. Just find out here when Scandinavia's public holidays and major events take place in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.

JANUARY
Jan 1: New Year's Day holiday - Scandinavia
Jan 6: Epiphany (religious) holiday - Fin/Swe/Ice
Jan 13: Hilarymas (St Knut's Day) - Sweden
Late Jan: Winter Jazz Festival - Denmark
Late Jan: MP Motorcycle Event in Helsinki
Late Jan: Thorrablot Midwinter Feast - Iceland

FEBRUARY
Early Feb: Winter Jazz Festival - Denmark
Early Feb: Stockholm Furniture Fair
Feb 6: Sami National Day
Feb 14: Valentine's Day in Scandinavia
Mid Feb: Copenhagen Fashion Week
Mid/Late Feb: Finland Ice Marathon
Mid/Late Feb: Lantern Festival - Helsinki, Finland
Late Feb: Finlandia Ski Race - Finland

MARCH
Mar 1: Beer Day in Iceland
Mid Mar: Skiing Events in Norway
Mar 25: Waffle Day in Sweden
Late Mar: Reykjavik Blues Festival - Iceland
Late Mar: Copenhagen Catwalk - Denmark

APRIL
Apr 16: Queen's Birthday Celebration - Copenhagen, Denmark
Apr: Easter Sunday - Scandinavia
Apr: Easter Monday - Scandinavia

Late Apr - Early May: Bergen Music Fest - Bergen, Norway
April 30: Walpurgis Night - Sweden

MAY
May 1: Labor Day/May Day in Scandinavia
Early May: Bergen Gay Pride Festival - Norway (discontinued)
Early/Mid May: Common Prayer Day - Denmark
Early/Mid May: Stavanger Int'l Jazz Festival (MaiJazz) - Norway
Mid May: Reykjavik Arts Festival - Iceland
Mid May: The Swedish Speedway Grand Prix
Mid May: Reykjavik Rite of Spring Festival - Iceland
May 17: Independence Day (Constitution Day) in Norway
Mid/Late May: Aalborg Carnival - Denmark
May 25: Ascension Day (religious) – Scandinavia
Late May: The Stockholm Archipelago Fair, Sweden
Late May-Early June: Bergen International Festival - Norway

JUNE
Early June: Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg
Early June: Bright Days Festival in Hafnarfjordur - Iceland
Early June: Stockholm Marathon - Sweden
Early June: Seafarers' Day & Festival of the Sea - Iceland
Early June: "Taste of Stockholm" Food Festival - Sweden
June 5: Independence Day (Constitution Day) in Denmark
June 6: Independence Day (National Flag Day) in Sweden
Mid June: Norwegian Wood Rock Festival, Oslo
Mid June: Viking Festival in Hafnarfjordur - Iceland
Mid June: Midnight Sun Marathon Tromso - Norway
June 17: National Independence Day in Iceland
June 20-23: Midsummer's Eve (Solstice)
Late June: Stockholm Summer Games
Late June: Days of Tordenskjold - Frederikshavn, Denmark
Late June: Oslo Pride Festival - Norway
Late June-Early July: Viking Plays - Frederikssund, Denmark

JULY
Late June-Early July: Viking Plays - Frederikssund, Denmark
Early July: Kongsberg Jazz Festival - Norway
Early July: Roskilde Festival - Denmark
Early July: Falsterbo Horseshow - Sweden
Early/Mid July: Copenhagen Jazz Festival - Denmark
Mid July: Karlshamn Baltic Festival - Sweden
Mid July: Stockholm Jazz Festival - Sweden
Late July: Rattviksdansen Folklore Festival - Rattvik, Sweden
Late July: Viking Moot Festival - Aarhus, Denmark
Late July: Stockholm Pride - Sweden
Late July: Reykholt Music Festival - Iceland
Late July: Soccer ReyCup - Iceland
Late July: Olavsoka Festival - Faroe Islands
Late July: Laugavegur Marathon - Iceland

AUGUST
1st Monday in Aug: Trademen's Day - Iceland
Early Aug: Stockholm Pride - Sweden
Early Aug: Etne Market Days - Etne, Norway
Early Aug: Øya Festival in Oslo - Norway
Mid Aug: Reykjavik Gay Pride - Iceland
Mid Aug: Copenhagen Fashion Week
Mid Aug: Chamber Music Festival in Oslo - Norway
Mid Aug: Oslo Jazz Festival - Norway
Mid-Aug: Emigration Festival in Växjö - Sweden
Mid Aug: Malmö Festival - Sweden
Mid Aug: Reykjavik Marathon - Iceland
Mid Aug: Copenhagen Pride Week - Denmark
Mid Aug: Reykjavik Cultural Night - Iceland
Mid Aug: The Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg
Late Aug: European Medieval Festival - Horsens, Denmark
Late Aug-Early Sep: Århus Festival - Denmark
Late Aug-Early Sep: Reykjavik Jazz Festival - Iceland
Late Aug-Early Sep: Norwegian Food Festival in Alesund - Norway

SEPTEMBER
Late Aug-Early Sept: Norwegian Food Festival in Alesund - Norway
Late Aug-Early Sept: Reykjavik Jazz Festival - Iceland
Early Sept: Århus Festival - Denmark
Early Sept: Golden Days Festival in Copenhagen
Early Sept: Copenhagen Architecture & Design Days - Denmark
Mid Sept: ULTIMA Contemporary Music Festival in Oslo
Mid/Late Sept: Malmö Rainbow Pride Festival - Sweden
Late Sept: Göteborg International Book Fair - Sweden
Late Sept: Kivik Apple Market Festival - Sweden

OCTOBER
Early Oct: Baltic Herring Market - Helsinki, Finland
Mid Oct: Rain Festival in Bergen - Norway (discontinued)
Mid Oct: Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik - Iceland
Mid Oct: Copenhagen Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - Denmark
Mid/Late Oct: Bergen Art Festival (BergArt) - Norway
Late Oct: Tivoli Amusement Park Halloween Event - Copenhagen, Denmark

NOVEMBER
Early Nov: All Saints' Day (businesses open)
Early Nov: Autumn Jazz Festival - Copenhagen, Denmark
Late Nov: Hanukkah/Chanukah

DECEMBER
All Dec: Hanukkah/Chanukah
Early Dec: Shop Window Sunday in Malmo - Sweden
Dec 6: Independence Day in Finland
Dec 10: Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony - Oslo, Norway
Dec 10: Nobel Prize Awards - Stockholm, Sweden
Early & Mid-Dec: Christmas Markets in Scandinavia
Dec 13: Saint Lucia Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Some additional Christmas celebrations
Dec 26: Boxing Day (day of charitable giving)
Dec 31: New Year's Eve events in Scandinavia

Also see: Scandinavia by Month - The Monthly Travel Calender

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