Blackout blinds for Iceland's midnight sun

The beauty of an Icelandic summer night, when the sun ...

The beauty of an Icelandic summer night, when the sun stays on the horizon. This photograph is taken at the Reykjavik coastline. Photo: Halldór Kolbeins

"We sell tons of blackout blinds every spring. It's the must-buy product of the season as the sun always seems to come as a surprise to people," explains Ívar Ívarsson, store director of Rúmfatalagerinn, a home retail store. People with young children who wake up in the middle of the night due to the May sun shining into their bedrooms are eager to buy blackout blinds. 

"It happens every year. The children wake up in the middle of the night and want to go out and play. So the parents rush to buy blackout curtains."

Sunrise and sunset in Iceland is approximately at 4.30 am and 22.30 p.m. On the longest day, June 21st, the sun doesn't set at all. 

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