Iceland is known for it’s long dark days in Winter, but this is counterbalanced by the long days in the Summer. It was quite a surreal experience to be walking around at gone 11:30pm and it still being so light; it felt like it should only be early evening.
There was quite a few people gathered around at different vantage points in the town waiting for the sun to set, which would be around midnight. Although the sun sets it doesn’t get particularly dark as the sun is only ever just below the horizon before it starts to rise again.
In fact it was the story I heard many years ago of a pair of photographers photographing a sunset in Iceland, who were disappointed by the results so they hung around for an hour for the sun to rise again, that made me interested in experiencing this.
Sleeping when it is so light all the time is not a problem since curtains do an excellent job of keeping the light out! There is a general sense though that you don’t have to rush about as you have so many more hours of sunlight to do the things you want. That said after a few days of staying up late and getting up early, I am ready for a good sleep when I return home.