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Winter Solstice Marks End of Darkest Days

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Winter Solstice Marks End of Darkest Days

Laxá í Kjós.

Laxá í Kjós, West Iceland, at full moon. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Today is winter solstice. At 10:44 am, the sun reached a point on the ecliptic, which is the farthest south of the celestial equator. That moment marks winter solstice, when the sun is positioned the farthest south and lowest in the sky. At this point, the sun starts rising in the sky again.

The sun rises at 11:22 am in Reykjavík today and sets at 3:31 pm, according to the calendar of the University of Iceland.

The residents of Akureyri are kept in the dark longer. There, sunrise is at 11:38 am and sunset at 2:44 pm.

Those who must wait the longest for the sun to rise are the residents of Grímsey island, or until 12:03 pm. They can watch the sunset at 2:17 pm.

Let’s not forget that brighter times are ahead. At first, the increase in daylight happens slowly, but, little by little, we will gain more light every day.

By December 30, Reykjavík will have gained 12 minutes of daylight, Akureyri 16, but the undisputed winner will be Grímsey, gaining no less than 24 minutes of daylight.

We all have something to look forward to.

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