The Old Icelandic Calendar


Today's date in the Old Icelandic Calendar:


The Old Icelandic, or Norse, calendar was based around the solstices and equinoxes as these were, and are, very important in these northern regions of the world. Iceland has very short days in the winter and the coming of the Winter Solstice marks the rebirth of the year and the promise of the long days and light nights of the summer. Because of this, the year begins around the Winter Solstice.

The year consists of 12 months of 30 days, with an extra four days in the middle of summer, called Sumarauki. This produces a year of 364 days, i.e. exactly 52 weeks. To account for leap years an extra seven days, i.e. a full week, are added to Sumarauki after five or six Gregorian years. This ensures that each date in the calendar falls on the same day of the week each year. For example, leap years in the first two decades of the 21st century occur in 2001, 2007, 2012 and 2017.

The arrangement of the months are shown below, with the day of the week that each month starts in brackets, and the starting dates in the gregorian calendar from December 2017 until December 2024.

* N.B. The year at the top of each column represents the Old Icelandic year, so for example 2018 means the Old Icelandic year that starts in December 2017 in the Gregorian calendar.

Month / *Year-> 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023† 2024
Mörsugr (Wed) 27 Dec 26 Dec 25 Dec 23 Dec 22 Dec 21 Dec 27 Dec
Þorri (Fri) 26 Jan 25 Jan 24 Jan 22 Jan 21 Jan 20 Jan 26 Jan
Góa (Sun) 25 Feb 24 Feb 23 Feb 21 Feb 20 Feb 19 Feb 25 Feb
Einmánuðr (Tue) 27 Mar 26 Mar 24 Mar 23 Mar 22 Mar 21 Mar 26 Mar
Harpa (Thu) 26 Apr 25 Apr 23 Apr 22 Apr 21 Apr 20 Apr 25 Apr
Skerpla (Sat) 26 May 25 May 23 May 22 May 21 May 20 May 25 May
Sólmánuðr (Mon) 25 Jun 24 Jun 22 Jun 21 Jun 20 Jun 19 Jun 24 Jun
Sumarauki (Wed) 25 Jul 24 Jul 22 Jul 21 Jul 20 Jul 19 Jul 24 Jul
Heyannir (Sun) 29 Jul 28 Jul 26 Jul 25 Jul 24 Jul 30 Jul 28 Jul
Tvímánuðr (Tue) 28 Aug 27 Aug 25 Aug 24 Aug 23 Aug 29 Aug 27 Aug
Haustmánuðr (Thu) 27 Sep 26 Sep 24 Sep 23 Sep 22 Sep 28 Sep 26 Sep
Gormánuðr (Sat) 27 Oct 26 Oct 24 Oct 23 Oct 22 Oct 28 Oct 26 Oct
Ýlir (Mon) 26 Nov 25 Nov 23 Nov 22 Nov 21 Nov 27 Nov 25 Nov

† Leap year in Old Icelandic calendar.