Thousands Coming To Iceland For the Solar Eclipse - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Thousands Coming To Iceland For the Solar Eclipse

Published March 12, 2015

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Tourists the world over are coming to Iceland by sea and air in the hopes of seeing the total solar eclipse set to arrive March 20.

Vísir reports that four cruise ships are due to arrive in Iceland later this month, carrying 3,500 tourists keen on seeing the eclipse. Untold thousands more will be arriving by plane for the same purpose.

Eclipse fever is not limited to tourists, though. Icelanders are also gearing up for the event, as some 66,000 special eclipse-viewing glasses have been imported – 50,000 of which will be given away to primary school children. The remainder will be sold for 500 ISK at the Smáralind mall on March 14 and 15. If you cannot or will not travel to the mall, you can also order the glasses online.

While visible across Europe, the solar eclipse is expected to be total in the North Atlantic region, which could make for a spectacular view (weather permitting). It is due to reach full darkness at 8:40, and will not come again until 2026.

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