December 21, 2012 did not mark the end of the world as most would have had you thinking, but it did mark the Winter Solstice. This is the shortest day of the year for earth’s northern hemisphere, but it also marks the time when the days start to get longer.
In Reykjavik, Iceland, the sunrise was at 11:23 a.m. and the sunset was at 3:30 p.m.; whereas, in Sydney, Australia, the sunrise was at 5:41 am with the sunset at 8:06 pm.
If you would like to learn a lot more about the Winter Solstice, you can visit Winter Solstice 2012: Myths and facts about the shortest day of the year by Justin Grieser. This website explains in detail about the shortest day of the year for the northern hemisphere.