Time lapse of the midnight Sun

By Phil Plait | May 13, 2012 7:19 am

Iceland has long been on my list of Places I Really Really Want to Visit. This video makes me want to go there even more.

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The video was the Grand Prize winner in the X Prize Foundation’s video contest "Why Do You Explore?", and it won videographer Joe Capra a $10,000 National Geographic Expedition of his choosing. Wow.

And Iceland! What a place! The chance to see something like this, or an active volcano (or another active volcano)… and then there’s this video promoting Icelandic tourism, which is totally adorable.

Of course, this picture does mitigate things somewhat.

We live on an amazing world, and there’s still so much of it left to see.

Via Wired and Ed Yong.

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  1. Midnight Sun Iceland | Bear Tales | July 5, 2012
  1. It’s a beautiful video and sentiment, and Iceland is well worth a visit, or several, but calling it the land of the midnight sun is a bit inaccurate, considering it’s all (except one tiny island) south of the Polar Circle.

    Elevation will of course play a role, and according to wikipedia, refraction does as well (why isn’t that just part of the definition of the polar circle?), and I don’t know how large a part of Iceland has any midnight sun at all, and for how long a period, but it can’t be comparable to all the land that’s actually north of the circle.

  2. The culture in Iceland is also incredibly unique. Even having grown up in Sweden, there is something about Iceland that touches on a magical feeling of being in the distant past, while at the same time amongst some of the most open, and progressive people on the planet. Just a great place.

    Although, sometimes I must call into question some choices of quinine…


  3. Laurie

    Thanks for a lovely Sunday morning video. It’s just a brilliant way to start the day.

    Anyone know why I have to sign in to youtube to view the Icelandic tourism video? What could possibly be inappropriate?

  4. I highly recommend an Iceland visit. My wife and I went there in 2002 and had a tremendous time. The scenery was beautiful and the people were wonderful and very hospitable. We saw the Aurora Borealis for the first time and were blown away! Our trip into the interior to the lava fields was like travelling back in time. I imagined this is what much of the Earth looked like before life took hold.

    That trip ranks only second to our trip to the Galapagos for sheer awesomeness. If you click through my name to our website, you can see some of the images we took. Scroll to the bottom for the Iceland images.

  5. Patrick

    Man, I loved Iceland. My brother in law lives there, and I am considering following his work path just to have a chance to live there.

  6. Szwagier

    Jökulsárlón! Camped there in 1984. Woke up at 4.00 am to catch the sunrise. Nothing yet has ever compared to it. :-)

  7. The Ridger

    Ummm. If sunrise was at 3 and sunset at midnight, how is it that the sun never sets? Something doesn’t add up.

  8. berndb

    I don’t see the point of a timelapse view of a huge waterfall other than to make it look hectic and gimmicky. That’s not what I imagine Iceland to be at all. Would look much better at normal speed, just like some of the other views. TL doesn’t always make a better scene, sorry.

  9. Dror

    let’s go build the first Enterprise!! http://www.buildtheenterprise.org

  10. JB of Brisbane

    @The Ridger #6 – Not all year round, only during high summer, i.e. close to the Solstice. Depends on which day of the year the vid was taken.

  11. KEnt

    Awesome. What was that music?

  12. Ryan S

    Reminds me of this great film by Sigur Ros of Iceland.

  13. MKS

    that ice looks DELICIOUS

  14. There is even a mountain that looks like Ayers Rock in there.


  15. Messier Tidy Upper

    @ ^ Ayers rock is officially called Uluru now btw.

    Beautiful clip here. Visiting Iceland and seeing up close active volcanoes, glaciers and aurorae is one of my life’s big ambitions. :-)

  16. Matt B.

    @9 Dror: I’ve been thinking for 20 years that Paramount Studios should have built a life-size Enterprise (on the ground) as a resort for geeks. (Obviously some supports would be needed to keep up the overhanging parts, or it could be built mostly underground.) The windows in your cabin could show the stars whooshing past, etc.


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