HOW TO CELEBRATE THE MIDNIGHT SUN
Always wanted to see the Northern Lights? Then the summer months are not the time for your trip to Iceland! From mid-May to mid-July, the midnight sun illuminates Icelandic nights. That means, it never gets entirely dark, but a certain twilight always remains. While some people might have trouble sleeping (dark shades and sleeping masks help!), others embrace the energy and make the most of the endless light.
What’s there to see?
In June the sun doesn’t set at all above the Arctic circle. Though Iceland is located south of the Arctic Circle there is the small island of Grimsey which lies on it. There you can experience the midnight sun almost setting and climbing up the horizon again between June 7th and July 7th.
In the rest of Iceland, the sun shortly sets around midnight. The further north you are, the shorter the sun vanishes under the horizon.how long the sun is up when you are visiting Iceland.
What's there to do?
Do you wonder how to use all that daylight? Icelandic summer nights are perfect for:
Rolling around in the grass – one magic night
When the days are the longest and it doesn’t get dark in summer, magic is happening in Iceland. Old folkloristic beliefs around the night of Jónsmessa, a holiday celebrated on 24 June, claim that cows could speak, seals could turn human and diseases heal when rolling naked in wet grass. But since Icelandic nights can still get quite chilly in summer (with average temperatures being 6 degrees) we also have some more (warmer) recommendations and fun events for you, that take place under the midnight sun in Iceland.
DANCING ON A SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL
Grimsey wins the competition for longest daylight and from June 23rd-June 25th a three-day familywith music, seafood, dancing, and boat rides takes place on Iceland’s northernmost Island. Locals and visitors alike indulge in the endless sunshine and celebrate summer. In case you don’t want to leave the Island, the northernmost on mainland Iceland takes place in Kopasker.
WATCHING ENDLESS SUNSETS
It is a most exquisite sight to watch the midnight sunsets. While viewing this spectacle requires good weather, it further only needs a seat on the shore - which we have plenty of. Pick a nice place for midnight, bring a blanket, and nice company. Et voilá!
If you were always dreaming about that one special lit shot of a certain waterfall, then photograph it by night. Not only will it have a special midnight-sunlight filter on but also: no people.
TRAVELING THE OTHER WAY AROUND
Iceland is busy during the summer months of June, July, and August. The most popular sights along the ring road, especially along the South coast, are. But the good news is: most sightseeing highlights in Iceland don’t have opening hours and can be visited 24/7. If you rather want to enjoy certain sights alone, then the nighttime is your travel time!
CALM WHALE WATCHING
The whales are not asleep! Humpback whales for example don’t nap longer than 30 minutes, since they need to come to the surface to breathe.is ideal for everyone who wants to share the boat with fewer people surrounded by the beautiful mountains and serenity of the nighttime.
The summit of Mt. Thorbjorn is the goal of the, held around June solstice. The hike is family-friendly, with a bonfire and music on top of the mountain. The walk ends at the Blue Lagoon, open past midnight that evening and sponsors the event.
Golfing under the midnight sun is possible in Akureyri. A very special tournament takes place every year on Akureyris 18-hole-championship golf course. Players from all over the world participate at theand practice their favorite sport until late in the evening.