Daylight Saving in Iceland

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Daylight Saving in Iceland

Kleifarheiði, near Patreksfjörður, the West Fjords
From Kleifarheiði, near Patreksfjörður. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Q: The clock or time in Iceland seems to me a little strange compared to Oslo, Stockholm or Helsinki. Your day (light time) starts some two hours later than ours on the same latitude and of course your evenings are much longer (lighter) then. Have you ever considered correcting your clock so that your day is better in balance with the light time as in other Nordic countries? Now your midday is not in the middle of the day but in the afternoon or is my observation wrong?


A: The clock is strange in Iceland. The sun is at its highest point at 1:30 in Reykjavík, not at noon, but there is no such thing as a perfect time zone. China should have five zones, but only has one. Iceland could have two as there is more than an hour’s difference between sunrise in Neskaupstaður, Iceland’s most easterly town, and Patreksfjörður, Europe’s most westerly village.

There have been frequent discussions about the issue. You can read more about that here.