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Cruise ships start to secure docking places for the total solar eclipse on 12 August 2026

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  • Night during day The total solar eclipse in 2026 will be the only one to be viewable from Iceland in the 21st century as the next one will be in 2196. 

Norwegian cruise line operator Fred Ol­sen has put in an order for a docking space for two ships in Reykjavík harbor on 12 August 2016, according to local newspaper Morgunblaðið. The Norwegians have an excellent reason for this forward planning as that day a total solar eclipse will occur and Iceland’s geography position offers a prime location to view the magnificent phenomena.

The total eclipse will pass over the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Atlantic Ocean and northern Spain, according to Wikipedia, and the points of greatest duration and greatest eclipse will be just off the western coast of Iceland. According to the same source this will be the first total eclipse visible in Iceland since June 30, 1954 and the only one to be viewable from Iceland in the 21st century as the next one will be in 2196. 

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Pagan Celebration During the 2015 solar eclipse members of the Icelandic Pagan Ásatrú Association gathered at the site where their temple is being constructed in Reykjavík to celebrate.  Photo/Sara McMahon

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun and by that, either totally or partially blocking the image of the sun from Earth.

A near-total solar eclipse was visible from Iceland on 20 March 2015 and was a spectacular experience. The total solar eclipse in 2026 will, however, occur during the much brighter month of August. The stage is set for even greater spectacle. 

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