It’s June 21, Midsummer (you might know it as summer solstice)! The longest day of the year - and in few places is the day as long as it is here in Iceland today: the “night” is going to last less than 3 hours!
As our lovely island is situated so close to the Polar Circle, for few weeks every year we enjoy what is known as the midnight sun – that is, bright, long days, with the sun setting after midnight.
If you happen to be in Iceland at this time of the year, you might just be wondering how to make the most out of it. We have 3 tips on how to make your Icelandic holiday in the midnight sun very special:
3. Unleash your inner artist and take great pictures of the long sunset and sunrise (the colours will amaze you!)
2. Go visit a popular touristy place (Hallgrímskirkja in Rekjavik, Geysir, Jökulsárlón… you have your pick) in the middle of the bright night, and pretend you are the last man on Earth.
1. Sit all night at a crossroads where all four roads lead to separate churches (be warned, this might be hard to find). According to Icelandic folklore, elves (the huldufólk of legends) will come to you, and try to seduce you with food and gifts. Do not be tempted – the stories claim that if you resist the offer, you will be greatly rewarded.
Do you have any other suggestions on how to best enjoy the long summer nights?