It seems that nearly everyone I talk to has either been or wants to desperately visit this small island in the North Atlantic. Thanks to social media most of us have been submerged by the stunning landscape of Iceland, and is now on most bucket lists of places to visit. So much so the number of foreign visitors exceeded 2,000,000 at the end of 2017. There’s just something mystical about Iceland, something that grabs a hold of our collective travel souls and refuses to let go. After my first visit there this year I am already plotting my return visit; the allure is just too strong & there is so much to see. Add to that the fact it’s a short and easy flight from the UK with no time difference it really is the perfect destination for a quick getaway (if you’re not a sun seeking soul). It truly is a place of natural phenomena, of which will make you appreciate even more the green & blue marble spinning around in the universe we call home. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the narrative tours where I learned so much about this mystical place so I have sourced some weird & wonderful facts about Iceland I’d love to share with you all!
1.A majority of Icelanders believe in elves. (my favourite fact)
2. At about 39,000 square miles, Iceland is small!
3. There is a volcanic eruption every 4 years on average.
4. There are no forests in Iceland.
5. Beer remained illegal in Iceland until 1989.
6. The Icelandic language remains unchanged from ancient Norse. That means 1,000-year-old texts are still easily read.
7. Babies in Iceland are routinely left outside to nap.
8. There are no surnames or family names in Iceland – Icelanders use the traditional Nordic naming system, which includes a last name that is comprised from their father’s (or mother’s) first name with the addition of -dóttir (-daughter) or -son.
9. 9.60% of the Icelandic population lives in Reykjavík
10. Iceland’s revenue from whale watching exceeds any income from whaling.
11.Usually a temperate country, not too hot or cold, the highest temperature recorded was 30.5 °C (86.9 °F) at the Eastern fjords in 1939.
12.Iceland had the first democratically elected female and openly gay Prime Ministers.
13.Consumption of Coca–Cola per capita is higher than in any other country, but there aren’t any McDonald’s Restaurants anywhere in Iceland.
14. In 2010 Iceland banned strip clubs.
15. Roughly 85 percent of Iceland’s energy is from renewable resources, and well over half of that is geothermal alone.
16. Icelandic horses display two additional gaits as compared to all other breeds.
17. First names not previously used in Iceland must be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee.
18. Iceland was one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans.
19. Icelanders watch more movies than any other nation.
20. Iceland is home to one of the world’s oldest democracies; established in 930.
21. In Iceland owning a pet snake, lizard or turtle is against the law.
22. The country’s national sport is handball.
23. Iceland does not have an army, navy or air force.
24. Mosquitoes do not exist in Iceland.
25. Crime in Iceland is very low and violent crime is practically non-existent.
In the busy world that we live in, sometimes we just don’t have enough time for each other. My mum sister & I decided to spend some quality time, and tick something off the bucket list whilst we were at it. They have learned to love the camera – because they have no choice!! I hope you love our holiday snaps.
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