April is an incredibly special month in Iceland. It’s filled with lots of holidays, but it’s also a time of year when we get to celebrate a particular day, the first day of summer.
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Usually, the Golden Plover returns to Icelandic shores and the days start to get longer, signifying that warmer weather is on the way.
Easter celebrations also fill out the Icelandic calendar month. With Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Monday and the first day of summer, Sumardagurinn Fyrsti, there’s a buttload of days off that you can plan to celebrate.
To help you keep track of your month, we’ve put together some April calendars.
There are five to choose from, and each one encompasses a unique piece of Iceland at this very special turn of the season that you can download and use as a desktop photo. Start by right clicking with your mouse on the picture you love and press ‘save as’.
So, whether it’s counting down till your next day off, remembering important events, or planning where to worship for Easter, these calendars are sure to add a little something special to each day.
This mountain in Iceland’s east has a very literal name like a lot of Icelandic landmarks. Eystrahorn means ‘Eastern Corner.’ This giant beauty is a haven for birds and other wildlife. Towering at over 750 meters tall, this rocky outpost has been known to hold deposits of gold, silver and mercury.
It overlooks the beach like a geological watchman. In the image, there is also an Icelandic horse. This special breed is known for being sturdy and perfectly suited to most Icelandic terrain and is the only kind of horse allowed in the country.
The Diamond Beach
This beach is situated next to the crown jewel of Iceland, Jókulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. It is here that the famous icebergs from the waters of Jókulsárlon take a rest before melting away or washing out to sea.
The icy remnants dotted along the black sand give the beach a jewelled appearance, hence the nickname Diamond Beach.
The Sun Voyager Monument
This sculpture on the shore of Reykjavík is a popular spot for tourists. Any search of Iceland on Instagram is sure to pull up thousands of images of this representation of a Viking boat.
It was erected in 1986 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the city of Reykjavík. Designed by Jón Gunnar Árnason, the structure incorporates Viking maritime engineering and humanity’s history of exploration.
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This lake by Þingvellir National park is the largest natural lake in Iceland. It’s a popular spot for fishing, with its abundance of trout. The area around the lake is an idyllic location for summer homes.
The mountain in the background is Ármannsfell. Its name comes from a half-troll called Árman who according to legend chose the mountain as his final resting place.
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Harpa Concert Hall
This shimmering glass structure is a must see when visiting Reykjavik. By day, it’s windows reflect natural sunlight and form an incredible juxtaposition against the backdrop of the sea. By night this building comes alive with a light show.
Harpa is also the home of many concerts, shows and art exhibitions.
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