travel diaries

Reykjavik

Reykjavik Midnight Sunset

I've always had a fascination with the northerly regions' ability to have 24 hours or daylight or darkness-something I'd never seen in any of the cities I've lived in or visited. When a work trip brought me to Reykjavik, Iceland on the summer solstice, I couldn't resist a midnight walk to see it for myself.

On landing at Keflavík airport and driving into Reykjavik, I was struck once again by the beauty of the place that captivated me on my first visit. In what some might find to be barren and empty I saw a vast, raw, and overwhelming display of pure nature. In stark contrast to my previous winter trip, the lava fields were covered in a purple carpet of lupine flowers and the harbor view was clear out to the mountains.

Lupine flowers

A fraction of the lupine flowers on the road to Reykjavik

Lupine flowers

Harbor view from the Harpa Concert Hall

Panoramic view from atop Aeropagus Hill

Looking across the sea from the Sculpture & Shore Walk, around 8pm

Closing in on midnight, I walked back down to the shore to watch the sun meet the horizon. The rest of the sky was bright enough that it felt like walking around in the middle of the afternoon.

Midnight Reykjavik Sunset
Lupine flowers

Photos barely do it justice...unreal!

Sólfarið

Sólfarið statue by the sea

The next evening I couldn't resist going for another walk. Whether it was the excitement of the endless sun or its effect on my body clock, there was no question between going to bed or catching another sunset! This time it was a bit earlier, and I was armed with snacks.

Lupine flowers

Hallgrimskírkja Church at 10.30 pm

Kanilsnuðar and Flatkökur

My favorite Icelandic cookies and bread

Sunset Due West

Late night before an early morning meeting? Worth it.