|Lounging in the wading pool at Laugardalslaug in the last days of dark nights|
Today just really felt like the first day of Spring from the moment I woke up. Come March, the sun rises measurably earlier and takes its time setting in a long, drawn out, amazing blueness. As I've definitely mentioned here before, it's like someone has flicked a light switch, helping us emerge from the darkness of the ancient Norse month of Þorri and into the hope of Góa.
The reason I chose this photo is that soon this scene won't be possible...at least not until Tvímánuður ("Two-month") and nighttime darkness arrives again in mid-August. This photo is a few years old, and I consider myself lucky to have gotten it as taking photos at the pools is now pretty much banned. Still, this is the exact scene we experienced on Saturday night when I took my Óðinn and his younger brother Sindri swimming, with the exception that it was way more crowded: locals on dates (a popular thing to do...if it's a first date - or the first meet-up after the first drunken hookup - even better because skin, right?), locals hanging with their posses before going out on the town, locals post-workout (there's a World Class gym and the Laugar Spa - even better for dates! - connected to this pool, Laugardalslaug) and visitors trying out our famous geothermally-heated waters after a long day of exploring the island. Everyone seemed more than content.
So it's been a bit intense here on Iceland Eyes for the past few months, which I'll chalk up to post-holidayness and a restless nation clamoring for change. We'll still get some late season snow, I'm sure, but the first bulb-flowers are starting to poke up through the soil in our yard, and brighter skies always mean brighter hearts and souls, so there's that to look forward to : ) And in case you've never experienced it, or have forgotten what it's like, here's a photo I posted back in 2012 of a three-legged ginger cat at midnight on the Summer Solstice. Yes, it really stays that bright!
|Lots of action, and a three-legged cat, in the Midnight Sun|