Iceland in Summer: Land of the Midnight Sun

Your Friend in Reykjavik wants you to visit Iceland any time of year. And while you may hear a lot about catching the spectacular Northern Lights, there’s another phenomenon that is also well worth visiting Iceland for — the Midnight Sun! Let us share a little bit about this beautiful time of year and inspire your next holiday for a trip to Reykjavik in the summer.

What is the Midnight Sun?

The Midnight Sun actually really occurs above the Arctic Circle. It’s when the sun is still visible, even at midnight. This all has to do with the seasons, the Earth’s tilt, and other science. But what we get are days that technically never end because the sun does not set below the horizon before it starts heading up for sunrise. While the peak time for the Midnight Sun is during the summer solstice, around June 20th every year, you can still enjoy the effects throughout most of the summer. 

Also, although technically, this happens above the Arctic Circle, Iceland is close enough so that you can come and enjoy endless summer days!

Why visit Iceland for the Midnight Sun?

Midnight sun in Mývatn, North Iceland – Hafsteinn Robertsson from Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Of course, the main benefit is all that sunlight! With almost 24 hours of daytime, you can spend more time exploring all over Iceland. You will still need to watch the time, though, as we all need to get some sleep. But you will definitely want to stay up late at least one night to enjoy that quick turnaround from sunset to sunrise! Especially if you are visiting Iceland during the summer solstice in June.

And with that sunlight, even as far north as we are, the weather is at its warmest. With temperatures around 45°F (7°C), you may still need to dress warm, but not like you would during the colder months. This also means more comfortable weather for the great outdoors or just walking around Reykjavik.

Take your time to explore Iceland with the Midnight Sun!

When is the best time to enjoy the Midnight Sun in Iceland?

In June, the summer solstice is the best time to visit Iceland for the Midnight Sun. You may not get a full 24-hour day as you would in the Arctic Circle, but you will get pretty close. The sun sets close to midnight and rises at around 3 am. However, it does not get dark at all, and you will get plenty of Icelandic fun! 

The time the sun rises and sets in June in Reykjavik. There is no registered time for darkness in that month.

Even if you come in early summer, mid-May, until the beginning of our fall in mid-August, you can still experience some extremely long days to make the most of your visit to Iceland. But do beware, if you’re not used to sleeping while it’s light outside, you might want to bring a sleep mask or other sleep aids to make sure you do get enough rest. 

Enjoy the Midnight Sun with Your Friend in Reykjavik!

If you visit Iceland in the summer and stop in Reykjavik, don’t forget to visit Your Friend in Reykjavik! Our walking tours are an excellent introduction to our city and island. And if you want to take full advantage of all that sunlight, check out our private tours, which give you greater flexibility as you plan your Iceland itinerary!

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