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bp Sep 24th, 1999 05:32 AM

When to visit Iceland???
 
I want to take my mom to Iceland in 2000, but I have heard that there can be very little day light at times there. When are these months so that we can avoid these times? Is 2-3 days enough time to get a flavor for Iceland and see major sights? <BR> <BR>Thanks!

Kimberley Sep 24th, 1999 05:46 AM

Iceland has a lot of darkness in the winter, and a lot of daylight inthe summer. Just like any other country in the norhtern hemisphere, the shortest day is on December 21st and the longest is on June 21st. Obviously, if you're hoping the maximize daylight time, you would want to go between May and July. Even at that time of year, don't count on warm weather. I was once there in July and there were snow flurries (but the temperature did not actually feel uncomfortably cold, just chilly). I have no idea if that's the norm, but it is certainly a possibility.

ilisa Sep 24th, 1999 05:56 AM

My husband and I are actually going to Iceland in February, we believe. We have free tickets on Icelandair that have to be used by March 15. We looked at all of Icelandair's destinations that we haven't been to, and decided that Iceland was the most compelling. From what I read, at that time of year, sunrise is about 10am and sunset is around 4pm. Not a bad amount of daylight. I believe the country has a lot to offer at all times of the year. Think about it this way, if you go in the winter when there is relatively little light, you can maximize your chances of seeing the Northern Lights. That, to me, is reason enough to go in the winter.

Kittie Sep 26th, 1999 07:16 PM

bp, <BR> <BR>We will be visiting Iceland late Oct or early Nov. I can let you know how the weather is and how much sunlight there is if you email me in early to mid Nov.. I imagine that Oct-Nov is much like Feb-Mar in keeping with the seasonal cycles. <BR>Kittie

pauline Sep 29th, 1999 12:45 PM

Take a look at the 'Daily news from Iceland' site at www.icenews.is. <BR>Check the amusing weather section which always gives the sunrise/set times. <BR> <BR>In the depth of midwinter, there's only a few hours daylight, but remember that they're below the artic circle so it doesn't have 24h night. <BR> <BR>AT the risk of stating the obvious, remember that by 21st March (1/2 way to midsummer) there's 12 hours daylight. <BR> <BR>In Feb, there's a very good chance of seeing the northern lights in action.


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