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Winter Solstice Celebrated in Iceland

By Iceland Review

The longest night of the year was last night, the winter solstice beginning at nightfall yesterday, at 3:30 pm in Reykjavík, and ending at sunrise at 11:23 am today. Ásatrúarfélagið, followers of the old Norse religion, will celebrate the event tonight.

The capital is in the southwestern part of the country and sees only four hours of daylight at the winter solstice.

On Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island Grímsey, which lies on the Arctic Circle, the sun doesn’t rise at all at this time of year. However, although islanders can’t see the sun, they do enjoy two hours and 15 minutes of daylight.

The pagan celebration jólablót begins with a ceremony at 6 pm by the memorial of former chieftain Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson in Öskjuhlíð near the Perlan landmark building in Reykjavík and will be followed with a feast, as stated on

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