Winter Solstice in Iceland


We live in the darkness, sharing our blackened world with troll-like creatures that sneak into our homes. At night, these trolls lick our pots, steal our sausages, slurp our Skyr and leave small gifts for the children. In the waking hours we, like the trolls, creep between one dark spot and another. Instead of crumbs, we search for candles or seek out twinkling holiday lights, or bake with the warm oven, or decorate the house, or do anything we can to make this gloomy world seem even slightly more festive. And too I add to these rituals my personal attempts at battling total hibernation: I drink copious amounts of strong coffee, I bask beside the happy light, and I try to exercise every day, even if it means swimming under a coal-black sky. For now, I’ll raise my glass for tomorrow, when solstice will sit squarely behind us, and each day will draw me out of this shadowy existence and offer a few more moments of light .  . .

About ericajgreen

Writer/Editor living in Reykjavik, Iceland
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2 Responses to Winter Solstice in Iceland

  1. More Light – Yes!! light candles (don’t eat them!)

  2. ehpem says:

    I’m raising a glass with you all, from afar, to the return of longer days. We may not be as far north and as chronically dark as Iceland, but it sure is welcome when the solstice hands us off to lightness.

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