Iceland is an enchanting and mystic country that any traveller will be impressed with. It’s a country that is part of Europe however, is just so different, making it a nation that will captivate you. With volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and lakes, Iceland has a landscape that is like nowhere else on the planet. With such unique and surreal natural wonders, Iceland is a country which you must tick off your travel bucket-list. Oh, and don’t forget about the Northern Lights; they make regular appearances throughout the country.
Intrigued by this magical country? Here are 21 epic truths about Iceland.
- 60% of the Icelandic population lives in Reykjavík
- Beer remained illegal in Iceland until 1989
- Iceland has the most active volcano area in the world
- It has the largest waterfall and glacier in Europe
- The last name of Icelanders is derived from their father’s first name
- The Icelandic language remains unchanged from ancient Norse which means that 1,000-year-old manuscripts are still easily read
- In the last quarter of the 19th century, 20% of Iceland’s population emigrated to Canada and America
- The country’s national sport is handball
- Approximately 85% of Iceland’s energy is from renewable resources and over half of that is from geothermal resources
- The population of Iceland reached 300,000 in 2006
- Iceland was one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans
- In 2010 Iceland banned strip clubs
- Around 11% of the country’s surface is covered with glaciers and about 30% is lava fields
- Iceland had the first democratically elected female and openly gay Prime Ministers
- Reykjavik is the cleanest capital in the world
- Iceland has a population with the longest life expectancy in the world
- On average, there is a volcanic eruption every 4 years
- There are no forests in Iceland
- The consumption of Coca–Cola per capita is higher than in any other country
- Iceland does not have an army, navy or air force
- In 1963 a new volcano appeared in the Atlantic close to Iceland. It grew to become an island now called Surtsey
Fancy a trip to Iceland? Travel Talk has just launched two tours which cover all the major sites, attractions and highlights. The duration for these tours range from 5 to 8 days and commence in January 2017.
- 5 Day Land of the Northern lights tour. Find out more here.
- 8 Day Iceland Circle. Find out more here.