Baby it´s dark outside

Baby it´s dark outside

Baby it´s dark outside

Now the days are short and yes, we love this time of the year. Today´s sunrise was at 11.16 and sunset will be at 15:30 giving us a total of 4 hours of daylight. In just one week´s time the shortest day of the year will come.

The winter solstice happens every year when the North Pole is tilted furthest away from the Sun, delivering the fewest hours of sunlight of the entire year. The term “solstice” comes from the Latin word “solstitium”, which means “Sun standing still”.

There is a reason we call Christmas the festival of light and it is logical to celebrate it during the darkest hours in Iceland. After winter solstice each day becomes a little bit longer, but just a little bit. Around new years eve the day will be 13 minutes longer.

But it is a turning point that Icelanders have always celebrated, the darkness gives away and we let in the light again.

The sun in desember

Winter solstice festival of the Pagan Association

Tips on how to survive the darkest hours