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01/08/2017 09:25:26 AM · #1
We are considering a backroads multisport trip to Iceland in the beginning of July (2-7).

I was thinking there'd be no sunset or sunrise then--but that may not be true.

Is that a good time to be in Iceland? Good for photography? I see once of the Iceland photo tour places does have their "Iceland Midnight Sun Photography Workshops" in June, and the pictures on the page (which I would hope represents the time frame) are fantastic. They run to late June...but is early July too late?

https://iceland-photo-tours.com/iceland-midnight-sun-photo-workshop/

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01/08/2017 01:32:52 PM · #2
I'm not sure if this is any help but I can tell you what I experienced in Island:

We spent two weeks there at the beginning of August in 2012 and the days were quite long even in August. But I have pictures taken at 11 p.m. in almost darkness. So there will be a sunset and a sunrise but you have to get up really early and stay up long. And it depends on general weather conditions (or call it luck) if you can take such stunning pictures like those on the website. The Islandic photographers who provided that awesome material certainly had more time than two or three weeks in one year...
On the South side at Vatnajökull f.e. we had all three days rain and grey sky - but it was an extraordinary experience nevertheless

But to be sure you can ask 21.gif HalldorIngi, 21_F.gif wildiris or 21.gif otto22

In any case Island is a fantastic place and you'll enjoy it I'm sure!
01/08/2017 01:38:50 PM · #3
IMO having sunset/sunrise is better than endless sun. I have been to Shetlands and the best moments were the blue hours when we had wonderful colors after the sun set and was immediately about to rise. In June there were sunset at 10.pm. and sunrise at 3.30am. and in some days the wonderful colors remained for all those hours.

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01/08/2017 02:07:40 PM · #4
This is a great time to be in Iceland, the solstice are june 21 and you will get sunrise/sunset on the south part, midnight sunset and sunrise 3 hours later. Up north it's 1 and half hour and on the Vestfjords, there you will get a no senset period.
The trickiest part is to organice your sleeping hours beucause the light 4 a clock in the morning can be great. Another thing is to plan ahead your sunset/sunrise shot because locations here are wery big factor for a beautyful sunset.

July the 5 on Snaefellsnes
http://www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=1165171

Snaefellsnes 20 min after midnight.
http://www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=1162351
01/10/2017 10:05:18 PM · #5
Thanks!

Now we're having trouble getting our group booked for the dates. We can do June 13-18. But the group prefers July 11-16, which we can only do if we have a few less people than originally planned.

Anything on either of those dates a show stopper worth mentioning?

Thanks again!!!!
01/14/2017 04:47:14 PM · #6
No it is not going to change much moving the dates few days.
Here you can see the sunrise/sunset timings in some places in Iceland and the no sunset period in the west (Isafjordur)
http://almanak.hi.is/solgang.html

One mistake people tend to do is trying to do to much in to short time. But it's a easy mistake to make as the road around Iceland is only 1330 km and it's a wery small country. Still, time flies fast as it's easy to spent hours on so many places.
This can be benefit though as if you hit bad weather, then drive to the next quadrant and you can be clear.
02/21/2017 12:35:42 AM · #7
Tough decisions.

Our backroads tour group will be doing the south side of Iceland, in 6 days, from the west to the east.

For extra days, our "subgroup" wants to spend two days in Rejkovik, then drive up to Akureyri. However, staying in Akureyri, the only "close" falls I can find is Godafoss, and that's 43 minutes away. A bit tough late at night for sunset, especially if doing activities during the day. 43 minutes is doable for that I guess, but not anything much further).

Is it worth the drive up north to Akureyri to mainly see Godafoss? Might get to the other falls, but with the group I'm going to be with, I'm not sure. I plotted a bunch of them out, but no one wants to stay closer to them (they want to stay in Akureyri), so everything is a long drive...especially if I want to go out for sunset.

Or do you think I could be satisfied focusing on sights and things to do near Reykjavik? And save two days of driving? (well 4.5 hour drives minimum, without any diversions).

Would we have enough to do for 6 days in the Reykjavik area (with a trip, say to the Snaefellsnes penninsula, and anything 1.5 hours or less away?

Are any of the Golden circle tours worth the time?
06/15/2017 03:50:40 PM · #8
Last minute travel plans... We're thinking of Iceland for a week, also in early July. Will be following this thread :)

I'm thinking Black Sand Beach, snorkeling around Silfra (tectonic plates) and kayaking. Visit some sheep farms. The sheep roundup in Sept would've been fun.
06/15/2017 06:28:52 PM · #9
21_F.gif Denise just got back from there...pop her a note..
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