Sunrise in Reykjavík today was at 07:57, a week later it will be at 08:18 when the day will be just a smidge more than 40 minutes shorter. In just one week.
A month later, on November 8, the sunrise will be at 09:34. So in just one month, we will have lost more than three hours of daylight. Three hours in thirty days.
I like this time of the year, October can be one of the best months of the year to travel around Iceland.
There is still some green left in the nature with a wafer thin layer of snow or ice. Beautiful.
But this is also the time when it can be tricky to travel. All of a sudden, the roads can be icy and slippery.
In October, we can have beautiful calm days, and all of a sudden, winter. Real winter.
But there was no real winter at Lake Þingvellir. Last weekend was just stunningly beautiful. And there were a lot of tourists, many more than I would have thought, in the first week of October, witnessing Iceland at its best.
At Þingvellir, and waiting for my foreign friend, waiting to use the toilet, I started to wonder.
How many visitors can Iceland handle?
How many (more) toilets do we have to build to cope with the ever increasing numbers?
17,286, is that a good number of new public toilets, spread around the Republic for the one million visitors?
While waiting, I checked the northern lights forecast. It wasn’t that good, 3 on the scale of 9. But, on the front-page of mbl.is, the first news story was that the autumn of 2013 will be the best year in more than ten years, and ten years to come, to see the northern lights.
So welcome to Iceland.
But please, spread around.
It is plain stupid, to stand in a group, staring at the sky.
The northern lights should be witnessed in silence, and alone. Almost.
The best spot: Langanes, only 632 kilometers (392 miles) from Reykjavík. That’s nothing.
And… Langanes has plenty of space, no inhabitants, and what is most important, NO light pollution.
Páll Stefánsson - firstname.lastname@example.org