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Tourist visiting popular spots in Iceland at midnight found them in complete daylight

She knew about Iceland's midnight sun, but didn't expect to be able to visit its most popular sights, in the middle of the night, without crowds - and in broad daylight.

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By Jessica Hehir-Smith via SWNS

A tourist decided to visit popular beauty spots in Iceland at midnight to avoid the crowds only to find - it was DAYLIGHT.

Leah Pagel, 26, had always dreamed of traveling to Iceland and went on the trip to the Nordic island nation after the borders opened again in July 2021.

She knew about Iceland's midnight sun, but didn't expect to be able to visit its most popular sights, in the middle of the night, without crowds - and in broad daylight.

By keeping nocturnal hours, Leah was able to see all the popular sights whilst keeping the same schedule as back home and avoid any jetlag.

She was able to capture gorgeous and unique footage of her bucket-list trip.

Leah, a blogger and social media marketer, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, said: “I had such high expectations for Iceland and honestly, the country blew every expectation out of the water!

“It had been foggy the first few days we were there so we were worried that we wouldn’t get a chance to see the midnight sun.

“We were traveling back to the Reykholt area from the Snæfellsness Peninsula and pulled off the road to stretch our legs a bit.

“There was no traffic on the road so we decided to have a little dance party under the midnight sun - it was a once in a lifetime experience.

“The landscape was absolutely unreal and we constantly felt like we were on another planet.”

As a travel blogger, Leah posts all of her travels online.

She loves being able to share travel experiences, tips, and hidden gems with her audience.

Leah added: “To my surprise, not many people knew about the midnight sun in Iceland.

“I've had so many comments and messages from people who are shocked to find out that the sun doesn't go down for part of the year.

“I was also surprised by how accessible most of the sights are - I expected to have to do some pretty strenuous hiking but most of the famous places were just a short walk from a parking lot.

“Most of the attractions have toilets that are open 24 hours a day so there was always a bathroom option nearby and we made packed lunches at our Airbnb.”

Liah hopes that her videos from Iceland will help people to think outside the box when it comes to travel.

She said: “Our decision to explore Iceland at night seemed a little bit strange at first, but it made so much sense for us and it turned out to be one of the best trips of my life."

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