Iceland News Review: Catching the Solar Eclipse

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In this episode of Iceland News Review, we bring you all you need to know about the upcoming total solar eclipse in Iceland, our highest ranking yet on the Rainbow Map, an adorable bird webcam you can watch, and much more.

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Partial Eclipse Will be Visible in Iceland on Monday

If you are in Iceland and unable to travel to North America to witness the total solar eclipse that is due to be visible there tomorrow, April 8th, fear not; you will be able to get the next best thing. A partial solar eclipse will be (cloud cover willing) visible from many parts of the country on Monday evening.

Four-tenths eclipse

The path of the total solar eclipse will extend roughly from northern Mexico, through Texas and across the contiguous United States from southwest to northeast, and then over the maritimes of eastern Canada.

Stjörnufræðivefurinn, Iceland’s premiere astronomy site, reports that here in Iceland, we may be able to catch a partial solar eclipse on Monday evening, wherein 41% to 47% of the sun will be blotted out by the moon.

Next total solar eclipse in 2026

The best place to see it will be in Reykjavík, where it is set to commence at 6:49 PM and reach its peak at 7:39 PM, where a 47% partial solar eclipse may be witnessed. It will also be visible from Ísafjörður, starting at 6:48 PM and peaking at 7:37 PM, as a 41% partial solar eclipse. Other parts of western Iceland may also have some luck, but from Akureyri eastward, not so much; the sun will have set in that part of Iceland before the conclusion of the eclipse.

The weather forecast for Monday evening is showing partly cloudy skies for Reykjavík and Ísafjörður, so there is a chance those in these areas will be able to witness the eclipse. If you miss it, don’t worry–come August 2026, a total solar eclipse will be visible from Iceland.

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Partial Solar Eclipse Visible from Iceland on Tuesday Morning

A partial solar eclipse will be visible from Iceland on Tuesday morning, RÚV reports. If the weather is good, the eclipse will be visible everywhere in the country. The public is reminded to use protective gear to view the celestial spectacle, although it will need to be homemade, as there are no more solar eclipse glasses available in the country.

A bite out of the sun

Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes between the sun and the earth and casts its shadow on the planet. “If people look at the sky this Tuesday, it’ll look like there’s a little bite missing,” says scientist and public educator Sævar Helgi Bragason (better known in Iceland as Stjörnu-Sævar, or ‘Star Sævar’ because of his particular enthusiasm for all things astronomy-related). “It’ll look a bit like the Apple logo.”

From Reykjavík, about 20% of the sun will be eclipsed, whereas it will be as much as 25% from the Northeastern and Eastern parts of the country. “It’s always something of a spectacle,” says Sævar, “but the only way to see it is to use appropriate protective equipment, such as eclipse glasses or solar filters.”

Make sure you have a good line of sight, DIY protective gear

The eclipse won’t last long in Iceland. It will begin just before 9:00 AM GMT (8:58 AM on the dot, according to phys.org), reach its peak at 10:00 AM, and then end shortly after that. When planning where best to watch the eclipse in Iceland, Sævar says it’s important to remember that the sun will be rising at the same time that the eclipse is occurring, so it will be low in the sky.

“So if, for example, you’re in a deep fjord or have tall buildings around you, those could block the sun. So you need to be in a place where you have a clear view,” he says. “With the appropriate protective gear, of course.”

Partial lunar eclipse to follow in November

Unfortunately, there aren’t any more solar eclipse glasses in Iceland. (They sold out in Iceland in 2015, too—so maybe a good idea to start planing ahead for 2026’s total eclipse if you’re an ethusiast.) But never fear if you don’t have eclipse glasses on hand—it isn’t hard to make your own. Sævar says you can use something as simple as transparent plastic lids or plastic bowls, and notes that clouds can also act as a natural filter. The most important thing, he says, is to look through something that reduces the intensity of the sunlight. Newsweek also has a variety of options for homemade viewers here.

Tuesday’s partial solar eclipse will also be live-streamed by the Royal Observatory Greenwich if you are located somewhere the eclipse will not be visible or are otherwise unable to watch it yourself:

If Tuesday’s solar event whets your appetite for astronomical wonders, you’re in luck: there will be a partial lunar eclipse during the full moon, right before sunrise on Tuesday, November 8.

Solar Eclipse Visible from Iceland on Saturday

A partial solar eclipse will be visible from Iceland on August 11.

A partial solar eclipse will be visible from Iceland this Saturday, August 11, RÚV reports. The eclipse should be visible from all parts on the country if weather allows.

Astronomy website Stjórnufræðivefurinn provides more details of the eclipse, which will be visible between 8.10-9.26am, with slight variations around the country. Depending on the viewer’s location, the moon will block from just under 9% (Westman Islands) to as much as 14% (Ísafjörður) of the sun’s visible surface.

Saturday’s eclipse will be most visible from just north and south of the arctic circle, or from Northeast Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Northern Europe and Northern Asia.

The last solar eclipse visible from Iceland occurred on August 21, 2017. The next will take place three years from now on June 10, 2021.

Observers are reminded that protective eyewear or a telescope with a solar filter are needed to observe the partial eclipse. Regular sunglasses do not suffice.