Solar eclipse viewing glasses are completely sold out in Iceland, as they seem to be all over Europe.
Sævar Helgi Bragason, head of the Seltjarnarnes Stargazing Society, says that people, and not least tour companies, have left it until the last minute and that he has been unable to keep up with demand.
Vísir reports that it was the Stargazing Society which looked after ordering in glasses from overseas, but the chairman says it is not possible to get any more. He encourages people to share glasses among themselves to allow the maximum number of people to enjoy the eclipse tomorrow.
If, as looks quite likely, the weather is cloudy, special viewing glasses may prove unnecessary. However, if it is sunny, it is possible to use welding masks or CDs in a similar manner to the glasses—just be careful not to look through the hole in the middle of the CD.
Sævar says he tried to get more glasses sent to Iceland, “they just laughed at us. This happens before all eclipses: people react far too late and the demand is unfortunately much greater than the supply. The phone hasn’t stopped ringing in recent days but unfortunately we can’t order more glasses,” he says.
“People should learn from this for 2026 when the next eclipse will happen. Start planning now!”