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Midsummer

It’s Midsummer Night in Reykjavík, meaning all kinds of wild and crazy things happen [folks getting naked and rolling around in the dew, that kinda thing].

People also go for long hikes in the middle of the night. Fimmvörðuháls is one of the most popular — hundreds of people have hiked it on this night in the last few years. They leave Skógar at around 8 pm and arrive in Þórsmörk around 6 am. However, that hike is off limits this year, for obvious reasons.

I’d totally forgotten it was Midsummer Night until EPI asked me just a few minutes ago whether I wanted to go hiking. We’re consequently toying with the idea of doing a Mt. Esja … which would mean we’d be back home at around 4 am and, well, kind of dead tomorrow. But this is the night for doing that kind of thing — and it’s amazing how much energy you can tank here in the middle of the summer when the sun never properly sets.

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  • Natalie June 24, 2010, 3:34 am

    I so wish I was there, I would get arrested over here if I rolled naked in the dew. (think the 3rd time is a felony) 🙂

  • PeterRRRRR June 24, 2010, 11:29 am

    I’ve said it before: Public Nudity — surely the sign of an advanced, enlightened society!

    Seriously, this is just another example of why Iceland is so darn appealing. Not the rolling around in the dew part, but just the wide-reaching connection to the natural world, celebrated by just being outdoors, enjoying the day. I suppose this has lots to do with living at such a high latitude. Here in the US, Midsummers Day is just, well, another Wednesday.

  • Joerg June 24, 2010, 11:40 am

    It sounds great. I can’t wait to tank some of this energy myself.

  • alda June 24, 2010, 11:53 am

    Peter – I definitely think it has to do with living at this high latitude. The light, of course, is amazing in the very middle of the summer — but it’s also a sort of wistful reminder that this will soon be over, that from now on, the days are getting shorter. 🙁

  • kevin oconnor,waterford ireland June 24, 2010, 12:11 pm

    @Alda ok ok so you have the midnight sun 21st June solstice very earth mother very stonehenge spiritual etc etc, but just remember in 1 week you will be back to the normal Iceland 24hrs of pitch blackness 🙂

  • sylvia hikins June 24, 2010, 12:20 pm

    Shakespeare felt it too – ‘Misummer Night’s Dream’ is a pretty amazing piece of theatre. If you ever have a chance to dig into the film archives and find the Hollywood version made in the 1930’s with Mickey Rooney as Puck, take a look. It has a kind of studio magic that has been completely lost with all this computer animation.
    sylvia gtom viking wirral