Reykjanes Peninsula Iceland
Goodbye Northern Lights, Hello Icelandic Summer.
First Day of Summer in Iceland.
Winter is starting to fade away in Iceland, nights get shorter and shorter everyday, meaning we sadly have to say goodbye to the Northern Lights for a few months but we are also very happy to welcome the Midnight Sun back to Iceland!
Mid April is when most tour companies stop running their Northern Lights Tours because nights in Iceland are now so short that the chances of seeing the Northern Lghts are not very high anymore, soon all darkness will be gone, leaving room for the beautiful Midnight Sun, for long days and brights nights. The end of the Northern Lights season was something spectacular, we had a few very nice days and saw some amazing shows but now Iceland is getting ready for summer, for bright nights, for other activities.
If you are not from Iceland, you might not know that every year in April Icelanders celebrate a very special and unique holiday…the First Day of Summer, Sumardagurinn Fyrsti. The First Day of Summer is a public holiday in Iceland, people have days off work and celebrate with parties, events and parades all over the country.
The First Day of Summer, which falls every year on the second Thursday after April 11th, was one of the most significant days of the Norse calendar used by the first settlers in Iceland, according to which the year was divided into two seasons only, winter and summer.
After a harsh, cold and dark winter, the beginning of the new season was, and still is, a very important reason to celebrate.
But is summer really coming to Iceland in April?
Well, certainly not summer as we know it! It is very common to have snowfall on the First Day of Summer in Iceland and a folk belief states that it is a good omen if summer and winter “freeze together”, that is if the temperature goes below zero, the night before the First Day of Summer.
So, even though the temperatures might still take some time to warm up, one certain thing is that darkness is almost completely gone, and gone is the chance to see the Northern Lights for the next few months.
But do not despair, get ready to enjoy some fun and exciting Icelandic summer activities instead: join a tour to explore the Golden Circle under the Midnight Sun, come meet the sweet and lovely puffins, go horseback riding through amazing moss and lava fields, enjoy a bath in one of Iceland’s many geothermal pools when the sun that never sets colors everything with a spectacular golden light, or simply dream away admiring some of the most amazing sunsets you will ever see, when the sun rises a few minutes after it sets, painting the skies with amazing colors.
Say goodbye to the Northern Lights but happily say hello to endless summer days and nights, when you will be able to see Iceland under a different light!