Cross All Fingers: Sun Actually Possible For "First Day Of Summer" - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Cross All Fingers: Sun Actually Possible For “First Day Of Summer”

Published April 23, 2019

Andie Fontaine
Photos by
Art Bicnick

It may be too good to be true, but Iceland’s “first day of summer” holiday is forecast to be replete with sunny skies for the entire country.

The First Day of Summer is a national holiday that has had official celebrations since 1971. It is held the first Thursday after April 18, which this year will be April 25. The holiday is intended to ring out the long, miserable winter and embrace the increase of sunlight and warmer temperatures. However, the day is often characterised as almost always being plagued by cold winds and rain.

If the forecast for the next five days is any indication, though, we may be in for a summer miracle.

While the morning of the first day of summer will be cloudy, by noon, the entire country will be sunny through the afternoon. Temperatures will actually reach the double digits, and winds will be mild.

Come evening, clouds will begin to roll in, and southeast Iceland will experience rain and falling temperatures. By Friday morning, the entire country will be covered with a blanket of rain and clouds.

So if you, unlike us, have the day off on the first day of summer, do make the most of it, because days like this in Iceland are rare.

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