My days are dark. In Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, we move from one black space to another. Snow falls, hail is intermittent, wind howls, clouds part and soar, sometimes there is rain, and always there is the absence of light.

I’d been warned and promised of this phenomenon—a life with little daylight. And now, with winter solstice hours away, I am compelled to share it with you. Following is my day in hourly photographs. Breathtakingly beautiful scenery, grey and pink shades of sky, cozy nooks, nature, and lots of darkness. . .

6 AM

7 AM

Main Road into Reykjavik

8 AM

My favorite summer cafe, closed for winter

9 AM

Kopavogur (Reykjavik suburb)

10 AM

new modern neighborhood, still dark out. . .

11 AM

(first real light was about 10:35, this followed shortly after)



Reykjavik as seen from the Alftanes Peninsula

1 PM

Sun at its apex from Hafnafjordur

2 PM

Icebergs on the Sea, swans in the distance

3 PM

Reykjavik from the Pearl (Perlan)

4 PM

Return to darkness --Ducks at the Pond

5 PM

Christmas Lights downtown

About ericajgreen

Writer/Editor living in Reykjavik, Iceland
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  1. I’ll take your word for it about the swans! Thanks for the glimpses into your world. Tomorrow the Northern Hemisphere world leans back toward the sun. Light candles and sing!

  2. Cathe J says:

    It’s all asleep – quiet and hopefully blessedly nuturing you and bringing peace with the stillness.

  3. marla says:


  4. Thanks for sharing this, it helps us to understand how it must feel day after day…

  5. What a neat idea for a photo series! But better you than me. Vienna is as dark as I ever want to get…

  6. Paul says:

    I can’t wait to experience it myself next year! We spent time in Icelandic class today watching a webcame from Isafjorður — we were pleasantly surprised at how long it stayed light compared to what we had expected.

    I love the pic of the ducks in the dark.

  7. ehpem says:

    Happy New Year Erica (and E, R and M)! Hope all is well in 2012, and that the days lengthen noticeably soon.

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