Summer driving in Iceland and using wisely the 24 hours daylight

Summer driving in Iceland and using wisely the 24 hours daylight

Ever since I got interested in traveling (and that’s a long time ago), I always wanted to travel to Iceland because I thought it must be one of those countries that looks like no other country I’ve been to.


All the right ingredients are there: the mountains, the glaciers, the volcanoes, the never-ending lava fields and of course the North Atlantic.


Once I got very interested in photography, the desire to go to Iceland grew, mostly because the photographic opportunities there are endless. So, a few weeks ago, I finally went there. I had a loose plan about where I wanted to go, but I mostly wanted to explore the country looking for photographic opportunities.


Since this is my first article for Traveldudes, I’m not going to give you a tip about a particular place in Iceland (although there’s plenty of those that I would like to talk about), but I will rather give you a general tip about going through Iceland. In particular about going there in the summer when it never get dark and the sunsets and sunrises last anything from one hour to three hours.


If you’re lucky enough to afford renting a car (which are definitely not cheap in Iceland) and if like me you don’t like the hordes of tourists that come with every famous place, try doing your sleep during the day. In the summer Iceland gives you the unique opportunity of 24 hour daylight, which means you can visit pretty much any place (as long as it’s not a museum or anything else that might be closed) in the middle of the “night”.


Let me give you an example. The Gullfoss waterfall is probably one of the most well known attractions in Iceland and because it’s located in the so called “Golden Circle”, fairly close to Reykjavik, it can get very crowded during the day. If that wasn’t enough, lately, helicopter tours make their way over the waterfall and as you can imagine it can get quite noisy and annoying having them flying over your head. However, if you go there after 11pm, the chances are you’ll have the whole place to yourself without anyone disturbing you. I took the photo below at about 12:30am and I was the only one at Gullfoss which makes the whole waterfall even more overwhelming.



Written and contributed by momentaryawe