The Shortest Day of the Year

December 21, 2016 SiggaAnna
Winter tree

Today is the shortest day of the year, with sunrise in Reykjavik at 11:22 and sunset at 15:31. It is a lovely day, full of promises of brighter days ahead. After an exceptionally mild winter we finally have some snow and it looks like we will be enjoying white Christmas.

In the Old Way, before Icelanders became christians, people celebrated the return of light and longer days at this time of year. The celebration was called Yule, or as we say in Iceland: Jól.

Cotton snow
A blue day
Snowy ground