If you live in Iceland, you must have noticed that the days are getting longer, but you might be surprised to learn how much daylight we’ve gained since the shortest day of the year, December 21.
That day, the sun rose in Reykjavík at 11:21 am and set at 3:29 pm.
Yesterday, February 16, the sun rose at 9:19 and set at 6:05 pm.
Hallgrímskirkja church at 6:18 pm last night. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.
Thus, in just 56 days, we’ve gained two hours and two minutes of daylight in the morning and two hours and 36 minutes in the afternoon, bringing the total time of daylight gained to four hours and 38 minutes.
Now you know why you’ve been so optimistic lately and why getting out of bed in the morning is gradually getting easier. Things simply look considerably brighter than they did 56 days ago.