I am not a morning person; I never have been. I hate leaving the warm cocoon of my bed, especially before the sun is even up. So the fact that the sun doesn’t even rise until after 11am at the end of December had one advantage. Almost every morning of our adventure, we’d pull over and watch the sun come up. Here are 5 of our favorite spectacular Iceland sunrises:
1. We stopped just off Highway 1 near Eyjafjallajökull as we were on our way to go glacier hiking on Sólheimajökull. The water was partially frozen and the sky looked like it was on fire as the sun set the clouds ablaze.
2. On the coldest day of our trip, we watched the sunrise over Þingvellir National Park as we waited to do one of the craziest things we’ve ever done – go snorkeling in freezing cold water. In winter. The clouds became so red, it looked like there was lava in the sky!
3. While the rest of the country slept after an epic night of celebrating New Year’s Eve, we set off extra early to begin our road trip circumnavigating Iceland. Near Vik the sun had begun to rise, illuminating the sky in a vibrant pink. These ducks added such spectacular contrast and their quacking was literally the only sound on this still morning.
4. We had just started hiking around the Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters on our Lake Mývatn Super Jeep tour as the sun peaked up over the mountains. We didn’t have any clouds that morning for dramatic effects of the sky being on fire, but what made this sunrise so spectacular was the way it glinted off the icy bluish snow.
5. It was our last full day in Iceland and we had begun making our was from Mývatn back to Keflavik. Somewhere in the North along Highway, we spotted this frozen river just as the sun began to come up. Iceland sure did start our last day with a dramatic sunrise and we joked that we watched the sun come up at least 5 times as we drove through mountain passes.
Which of these is your favorite Iceland sunrise?