First day of winter

There are only two seasons in Iceland in winter and summer and yesterday was the first day of winter. The day always lands on the first Saturday after 26 weeks of summer (21 – 27 October).

The first day of summer is always on a Thursday between 19 and 25 April. Icelandic folklore says that if summer and winter freeze together, that is, if the temperature drops below freezing on the eve of the first day of summer, it offers a good summer. The lore is correct, at least this summer. It was freezing cold the last day of winter in the north and east this year, and the summer was extremely good in that part of the country.

Beautiful morning light by Reykjavíkurtjörn yesterday morning, on the first day of winter. Reykjavík City Hall is on the far right.


Reykjavík 23/10/2021 09:52 – A7R IV: FE 1.2 / 50 GM

Photo and text: Páll Stefánsson