Iceland in December

Jul 18th, 2001, 04:06 PM
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Fran
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Iceland in December


I'm considering a trip which includes all the highlights contained in previous posts on this forum. My question: if there is really only three hours of daylight, how can all this be covered? Is it possilbe?
 
Jul 18th, 2001, 07:27 PM
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Iceland is endless geographic and geological wonders.The sceneries are breathtakingly beautiful. But, I doubt such short daylight could do its justice. Besides, many roads on the west and north will be closed.

Once,hoping to see northern light I traveled from far north of Norway down to Oslo in earlier January (the same latitude as Iceland),most of the time it was so gloom that I could hardly see anything except the whiteness of snow.
 
Jul 18th, 2001, 07:29 PM
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Fran,
My son and I are going to Iceland in September. If you like I will try to give you some ideas about your trip when I return. My daughter lives in Anchorage Alaska and we have visited there for Christmas. At that time we had between five and six hours of daylight. The time you notice the difference is in the morning. It doesn't start of get light at all untill after 9:00AM. The sun stays low on the horizon and you will need sunglasses as it seems to shine right into your eyes when you are driving. Please feel free to email me about Iceland. Diana
 
Jul 21st, 2001, 12:47 PM
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I'm going in Novemeber and wondering the same thing. Anyone else have first hand knowledge
 
Jul 21st, 2001, 02:16 PM
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I was in Iceland for a long weekend last March, and found that there were very long periods of dawn and dusk rather than total darkness. Not sure about December.

The Blue Lagoon wouldn't be bad in darkness...might be wonderful in fact. YOu would have trouble with the geysers, Pingvellir Natl Park. Reykjavik is very well lit, so you could see the city in the dark.

It's a wonderful place! Enjoy!
 
Jul 21st, 2001, 07:07 PM
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The hours of daylight in late March is aouut the same as late September.And then it gets shorter and shorter till December 22nd.

I just spent 12 days in Iceland last month, and plan to go back next Summer, bewcause there are so many areas I haven't seen yet even with 21 hours bright daylight and no dark period.

Out of Reykjavik along the west and north coasts there are too many nature wonders to be missed. If there is any choice,I really recommend you to go in late Spring or Summer.

 
Aug 4th, 2001, 06:39 AM
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Fran,

I hope you get a chance to read this. My wife and I spent three days in Iceland late last November. We did all of the tours and saw all of the sights. Daylight was not an issue.

Basically it was light around 10am and dark around 4pm, which left plenty of time to sightsee.

You can read my trip report on this forum (somewhere) or at http://members.aol.com/mathewsweb.

Or, feel free to email me at [email protected]
 
Aug 4th, 2001, 09:31 AM
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HI - I SAY GO FOR IT. I HAVE BEEN THERE IN AUGUST, NOVEMBER AND MARCH, VARYING YEARS, AND FIND IT A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE ALL THE TIME. THOUGH IT DOES GET LIGHT LATER IN THE MORNING, AS ADDRESSED IN PRIOR NOTES, IT DOES NOT TAKE AWAY THE FLAVOR OF THE LAND.. IN FACT, IT ADDS A MYSTERIOUS QUALITY TO IT. ALSO, IT WILL GIVE YOU A TASTE OF WHAT THE COUNTRY IS LIKE W/O THE TOUSISTS.I'D SUGGEST THAT YOU CALL ICELANDAIR (800 #)AND ASK IF THEIR DAY TOURS TAKE PLACE AT THE TIME OF YEAR YOU WANT TO GO, THEREBY GIVING YOU A SENSE OF WHAT YOU CAN SEE AROUND THE COUNTRY, ie GEYSERS, GLACIERS, ETC. ENJOY
 
Aug 15th, 2001, 05:34 AM
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We went to iceland last December and had a wonderful time. As mentioned before the day light hours was not an issue. I got light around 930-10am and dark around 4pm. While we were there it wasn't that cold. Pretty much like a typical cold winter in most places in the US if not warmer. While we were there it didn't snow either. I do suggest bringing lots of money for food it can get expensive. Even though we found some great place that were not so bad. Have a great trip! There won't be very many tourist there.
 
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