Sumardagurinn Fyrsti || The First Day of Summer in Iceland

Snaefellsnes, Iceland

Hooray! It’s Sumardagurinn Fyrsti, the first day of summer! A bit early you say? Not here in Iceland. According to traditions going back to the Settlement Period, Icelanders only counted two seasons of about equal length: Winter and Summer. According the the Old Iceland Almanac, today is the first day of summer, and it’s celebrated as a national holiday. Schools are closed, and Icelanders are out in droves enjoying today’s fittingly warm, sunny weather with families and showing off by driving big trucks and souped up vintage rides down Laugavegur, the main drag. It’s enough to make even the most serious folks do handstands and what not. Snaefellsnes, IcelandI started off my day with the sun streaming in from my window at 6am. I may have exams to study for, but who am I to go against local tradition?…so I curled back up into my blankets until it was time to get back up for brunch at Prikið, which was packed full of Reykjavik’s eccentric, young, and chic. But holiday or no holiday, Old Norse calls, so now I’ve settled into the Kaffitár on Bankastræti, one of my favorite coffee spots. I hope you’re having as lovely a day wherever you are reading this from. To celebrate the start of the sunny season on your favorite tiny, Nordic island, here are some 35mm shots of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. 

Snaefellsnes, Iceland

Snaefellsnes, Iceland

Snaefellsnes, Iceland




9 thoughts on “Sumardagurinn Fyrsti || The First Day of Summer in Iceland

  1. oh, please do send some of that sun this way! It’s still snowing on and off and I’m ready for some warmer weather already.

  2. Pingback: Wandering Around Old West Side & the Harbor | An American in Iceland

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