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.
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