Iceland to be “Sold Out” for 2026 Eclipse

Sævar Helgi Bragason stargazing.

Popular Icelandic astronomer Sævar Helgi Bragason (often known as “Star-Sævar”) warned in a recent interview with RÚV that many accommodations may already be booked for the 2026 total solar eclipse.

Best visible from Látrabjarg

The path of totality for the 2026 eclipse will run from Iceland’s Westfjords to the Reykjanes peninsula. It will be visible from the capital area, but astronomers say it will be best viewed from the popular cliffs of Látrabjarg. “It will last longest at Látrabjarg, and if the weather is good, a large number of tourists can be expected to go there,” Sævar recently stated in an interview with RÚV. He also stated that travellers can expect much of Iceland to be sold out for the eclipse.

“The difference between a partial eclipse and a total eclipse is like comparing apples and oranges,” Sævar stated. Though a partial eclipse will be visible in parts of Europe and North America, Iceland will be one of the best places in the world to view the total eclipse.

Sævar stated that travellers have already begun booking accommodations and that many of the best viewing sites are already making plans to accommodate the large number of eclipse chasers.

Authorities at Látrabjarg, a sea cliff and popular bird-watching area, have already begun making plans to accommodate the greater-than-average number of travellers.

Sævar continued: “Several hotels are fully booked, both within and outside the path of totality. Major travel companies are organizing trips here, and they are struggling to secure hotel rooms. And I can confidently say that Iceland will be sold out on that specific day.”

The 2026 eclipse

The total eclipse will be visible on August 12, 2026. It will pass over the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, and Spain, with partial visibility in North America, Scandinavia, Europe, and West Africa.

In Iceland, the path of totality begins at Straumnes Lighthouse in the Westfjords, lasting 1 minute and 57 seconds, extending to 2 minutes and 13 seconds at Látrabjarg. The eclipse will move swiftly at 3400 km/h (2110 mph) and leave Iceland at Reykjanestá Lighthouse around 5:51 pm.

Afterwards, it travels across the Atlantic, reaching Spain approximately 35 minutes later. In total, the eclipse (including the partial eclipse) will be viewable for about two hours in Iceland, though the total duration of totality will be significantly shorter, around 18 minutes.

Amateur astronomers and eclipse chasers can find further information about the 2026 total eclipse in Iceland here.

Read our interview with Icelandic astronomer Sævar Helgi Bragason here.

Total Solar Eclipse In Iceland Expected To Attract Thousands

total solar eclipse

The next total solar eclipse visible from Iceland will occur on August 12, 2026, with the totality beginning at 5:48 PM, Icelandic time. Iceland’s most famous astronomer and a member of Parliament both expect thousands of visitors.

Can the roads handle it?

While this eclipse is still a ways off, there is a need to prepare quickly. It is estimated that the eclipse will be best seen from Látrabjarg, in northwest Iceland. Látrabjarg is a somewhat popular destination already, but also off the beaten track, and for this reason Pirate Party MP Andrés Ingi Jónsson has posed a formal question to the Minister of the Interior asking, “What measures will be taken so that the road system will be able to handle the large amount of visitors who are predicted to seek out experiencing the total solar eclipse on the 12th of August 2026 at Látrabjarg?”

The minister has not yet responded at the time of this writing.

One of the most beautiful natural events

Sæv­ar Helgi Braga­son, better known to Icelanders as Stjörnu-Sævar, told MBL that he believes many visitors can be expected.

“A total solar eclipse is one of the most beautiful natural events you can see,” he said. “People from all over the world travel by the thousands just to experience them.” As such, he believes it fair to estimate a sharp influx in visitors to Iceland around the time of the eclipse.

As this will be happening in August, when tourist numbers are already near their peak, getting the infrastructure prepared in advance is important.

An historic event

As with most places in the world, Iceland frequently experiences partial solar and lunar eclipses. However, the last total solar eclipse that could be experienced in Iceland was in 1954.

Látrabjarg will indeed be a great place to see the total solar eclipse of 2026, as it both lies in the west of the country and is far from light pollution. That said, there are numerous other good locations from where one could experience the eclipse to an enjoyable degree, albeit for a slightly shorter amount of time.

If 2026 seems like a ways off, bear in mind that the next total solar eclipse visible from Iceland will be in 2196.

Subscribers to Iceland Review can read our interview with Sæv­ar Helgi Braga­son here.