Sunset/sunrise in Iceland

When traveling around the Iceland, I was fortunate enough to observe the sunset and sunrise as I had only one clear night. This happened on 15. june, that is still few days away from solstice when the day is the longest in the year. At that time I was in the most northern part of my trip (near Sauðárkrókur) and that also helped to further lengthen the time that the Sun was above the horizon.

The Sun is still about a degree above the horizon at 01:10 local time.

Not knowing the exact direction to the north (only rough direction) and the path by which the Sun will move across the sky, I selected the observing location at the beach that had the most unobstructed horizon in the northward way.

Start of the sunset at 01:25 LT.

The whole sunset took more than half an hour. Truly, I did not expect for it to be so sluggish, and the angle between the horizon and path of the Sun to be so small. The most remarkable was a color of the Sun surface just before it completely set and when it begun to rise. It’s surface shone with a intense green color, probably due to large refraction differences at the horizon.

End of sunset at 02:00 LT.

The Sun was actually bellow the horizon for just about 15 minutes. During that time there was no apparent visual change in the brightness of the sky.

Sunrise was happening behind some cliffs in the middle of the sea at 02:30 LT.

Sun is slowly raising in the sky, but still partially obscured by the cliffs at 02:45 LT.

Colorful Sunrises and Sunsets

This month we could see some very colorful sunrises and sunset.

Sunset, 25. December 2014
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16 @ 16mm, f/2.8 ISO200
Sunset, 25. December 2014
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tamron 70-300 @ 300mm, f/5.6 ISO800
Moon at sunset, 25. December 2014
Equipment: Nikon D3000, Tokina 11-16 @ 16mm, f/2.8 ISO800
Sunset, 31. December 2014

Sunset, 31. December 2014