Midnight in Reykjavik

The title says it all...

This close to the Summer Solstice (on June 21st this year) our lovely little island is brightly lit all night long by the Midnight Sun. For travelers it can be almost disturbing having to adjust to the ever-present light so definitely bring a sleep mask for your stay!

But for residents of Arctic Circle lands the lengthening of the day happens slowly over the course of months, from the Spring Equinox in March onward, and seems as natural as the sprouting of new green leaves on trees and the return of millions of migratory birds to their nesting palces here in the north. We are forced gradually awake from our winter slumber by the ever-increasing brightness and we use each moment of sunshine, while we have it, as best we can.

3 comments:

rich said...

hi maria, your photos do really keep on getting better,and i really enjoy reading your blog!

i visited your wonderful island a few weeks ago now, and the light sky at night was one of the most surreal yet...somehow normal things i 'experienced' and it was great. now im back here in wet wales and it gets dark and light as it has done for years... but one day i shall return. keep of your wonderful work!

also, my photos of my trip if you are interested can be found here...

http://www.nothingatall.net/blog.php?who=rich&full=view&item=207
[click the iceland photos link]

digdug said...

hey maria! i went to rich's trip photos of iceland and what did i see...transplanted TEXAS BLUEBONNETS growing in iceland! he says they use them to hold the soil in place. the bluebonnet is half wildflower and half rampant weed.the stuff is tenacious and spreads like wildfire. so beautiful growing out of icelandic volcanic soil...

Lynda said...

Every time I visit you, I see another incredibly beautiful photo - thanks for sharing your home with us.