There is nothing like the joyous spirit of an independence day celebration. Parades and flag-waving. Adorable children in national costumes, traditional music, and stirring speeches.
Iceland's National Day on June 17th is a joyous celebration of the country's hard-fought independence from foreign rule. The day is especially significant as it marks the birthday of the legendary Jón Sigurðsson, who fought tirelessly for Iceland's sovereignty. From parades to traditional music, the festivities are a testament to the Icelandic people's unwavering spirit and determination to preserve their heritage and independence.
(L to R) Fjallkonan—or mountain woman—is a symbol of Iceland. Marching bands (and trolls) are a big part of Iceland's National Day celebrations. A parade during Iceland's National Day in downtown Reykjavík. Photos: