Spring is around the corner

It is a remarkable day, equally so in the springtime like today, and in the autumntime. These two days have roughly the same amount of daylight, 12 hours all around the globe. The day is short in Iceland, up north in Melrakkaslétta, and in Grímsey during the winter solstice, the daylight is just over two hours, half as short as in the capital. Instead, of course, they get 24 hours of sunlight on the summer solstice, while in Reykjavík the sun doesn’t shine for over two hours, during the night. Icelandic Times / Land & Saga ventured outside the capital, to capture the light and the vegetation, which has barely begun to recover after the freezing winter, despite the long bright days. But summer arrives in Iceland in a month, on April 20, when the first official Summer Day is celebrated, a true holiday.

Beautiful swans at the half frozen Elliðavatn

Hólmsá is still frozen

Nature waiting for the spring and summer

Icy lakes and ponds can still be found, this one at Rauðhólar


Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson
21/03/2023 : A7C, A7RIV : FE 1.4/24mm GM, FE 2.8/100mm GM