Despair not, Saturday was the shortest day of the year and from now on the days will get longer. However, foul Christmas-weather is ahead.
The time of Winter Solstice 2013 occurred on December 21st at 17:11 and henceforth, the days will get longer till Summer Solstice.
The shortest day gave us four hours, seven minutes and four seconds of daylight in Reykjavík.
Six seconds might not make all the difference but it’s a start, as Sunday will have four hours, seven minutes and ten seconds of daylight.
The increase of daylight will snowball after that and the last day of the year will have two minutes and 38 seconds more daylight already.
But with the good news come bad news as well. The weather forecast for Christmas is awful.
In fact, after predicting white Christmas, the Met Office now warns of north gale or storm on Christmas Eve day and Christmas Day (24th and 25th), with snow in the northern and eastern part of the country and really bad weather for travelling.
So the white Christmas will – literally – be all around, with snow blizzard causing bad visibility and hazardous driving conditions.
The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration provides winter services on roads until 15:00 on the 24th, and on main roads only on the 25th.
Those who need to travel on those days are advised to keep a close watch on weather forecasts and/or check for updates on the administration’s website.