Daylight Hours in Iceland

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Daylight Hours in Iceland

Midnight sun
The midnight sun in Reykjanes. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Q: How many hours of sunlight are there are at different times of year?

I had an Icelandic exchange student sister. I’m trying to remember what she told me about the length of sunlight hours during different times of the year. Will you please refresh my memory?

Thank you,

Tootie Carroll


A: The shortest day of the year is December 21, 22 or 23 each year with roughly four hours of daylight in Reykjavík, less in North Iceland. However, if the sky is overcast and particularly if there is no snow on the ground to reflect light, the days appear much darker.

The longest day is June 21 with roughly 21 hours of daylight in the capital, more in North Iceland. In mid-March there is roughly 11.5 hours of daylight and in mid-September 13 hours.