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Siglufjörður Residents Celebrate Sun’s Return

By Yelena

Siglufjörður, North Iceland.

Since November 15, the sun hasn’t risen above the mountains in Siglufjörður. Today, residents of the North Iceland town celebrate its return after a 74-day absence during the height of winter. Mbl.is reported first.

Celebrating the return of the sun is a yearly tradition in Siglufjörður. Tucked in a picturesque fjord, the mountains surrounding the town may shelter it from wind and storm, but they also block the sun at the height of winter, when its trajectory is lowest.

The sun’s return is one of the first signs that spring is on the way, and for decades Siglufjörður residents have marked the occasion by serving pancakes and attending a children’s choir performance on the town church’s steps.

The sun’s return is also celebrated annually in Ísafjörður, in the Westfjords, though on January 25, with coffee and pancakes.

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