Tourism has exploded in Iceland recently, and this Nordic island country now entertains more than 2 million visitors annually. Think of Iceland and there are several familiar associations: hip Reykjavik, the beautiful therapeutic Blue Lagoon, or perhaps our musical exports Bjork or Sigur Ros.
Sunday 9 May
- Mother’s Day
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The majority of present-day Icelanders believe in the existence of fantastical beings such as elves, huldufólk and trolls. Large fallen rocks in fields are said to be frozen trolls. Icelanders’ favorite sweets are ice cream and black licorice. Even in stormy weather, you can see people queuing up for ice cream. Icelanders always address each other with their first names, even if they might be speaking to the president.
Iceland was destined to be unique. A cold country with a warm reception. Iceland was settled by Vikings from Norway sometime in the 800s. In the year 930 AD, the first Parliament met in Iceland in what is today Þingvellir National Park. It’s one of the “Freest” Countries in the World.
Iceland was formed by some pretty harsh phenomena: volcanoes and glaciers. Because it’s located on the Mid-Atlantic ridge, Iceland is an incredibly active country geologically. À country experiences a volcanic eruption roughly once every 4 years.
Iceland is perhaps the most eco-friendly country. The water in Iceland is extremely pure and refreshing. The Word “Geyser” is from Icelandic. Because the whole country is essentially “alive” with volcanic activity, the nation harnesses hydro and geothermal energy to power more than 80% of the country.
Iceland is a great place to see both the Northern Lights and experience the Midnight Sun.