Iceland is a land of contrasts and the cycle of daylight throughout the year is no exception. At the time of the summer solstice (around June 23) there are 17 more hours of daylight per day than at the winter solstice. This means that between May and September, there is plenty of daylight time for enjoying all that Iceland out of doors has to offer. Between October and April, therefore, the days are shorter and between late November and early February the darkness is a significant element to consider in your holiday plans. There are still plenty of opportunities for enjoying a full programme of activities in the winter months, and of course, for hunting for the Northern Lights too. At this time of year, notice also needs to be taken of the weather conditions.
Approximate day length in Reykjavik on January 31, 7 hours with sunrise at 10:15; March 31, 13.5 hours with sunrise at 06:50 ; June 30, 21 hours with sunrise at 03:00; and September 30, 11.5 hours with sunrise at 07:30. Further North in the Akureyri area, winter days are shorter and summer days are longer than Reykjavik.