Even though the sun sets for an hour or two in the southern part of Iceland during the summer, the radiance of the sun just below the horizon keeps it bright outside. On the Artic Circle in the north the sun doesn’t set for few days in late June.
Similarly, the sun doesn’t stay up for long during the months of December and January, and if there is an overcast sky for an hour or two around noon, the sun might not be seen at all during the harsh winter months.
The daylight hours affect the way of life in Iceland. Icelanders sleep less during the summer months, than during the winter months and around the Christmas Holidays, Icelanders tend to turn on a lot of Christmas lights.
For sure, both the continuous sun in the summer and the dark months of winter have their charm. Just as horseback ridding or river rafting in the midnight sun can be unforgettable, it is no less magnificent to sit in a warm Jacuzzi outside in a drizzling, watching the Northern Lights dance above your head.