So this post is our light-hearted view of Iceland.It has some of the interesting stuff, a few trivial facts, and our thoughts on the country.
Let's start with the truths about IcelandIceland is a Nordic country located in the North Atlantic Ocean, and yes, it’s chilly even in the summer.
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The first settlers in Iceland were Norse Vikings in around 870 AD, and it has continued to have a profound heritage and culture.
Today Iceland has a population of around 360,000 inhabitants, two-thirds of which live in and around the capital city of Reykjavik. Its closest neighbours are Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
This magnificent country really takes some beating if you are up for a Nordic adventure. With its incredible waterfalls, glaciers, gurgling mud pools and Volcanoes.
Talking of volcanoes, some of you may remember the chaos that Eyjafjallajökull volcano caused when it erupted over the skies of Northern Europe in April 2010.
Where's Iceland in the world?
Iceland Up Close
Iceland is an ideal location for a mini-break, as not only can you discover the colourful city of Reykjavik. You can also embark on day trips from the capital city and tour the Golden Circle.
However, if you’re yearning for more adventure and have additional time on your hands, hire a 4x4 and head off to tour the entire country around its Ring Road. You won’t regret it.
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Did you know?
- Two continents meet in Iceland, and you can even stroll across the bridge which spans them both. The two tectonic plates of Eurasia and North American are just stone’s throw from each other.
- Iceland is renowned for its strong men and has won World’s Strongest Man on nine occasions. Eight of them by just two contestants.
- That 10% of Iceland is covered in glaciers.
- Reykjavik is both Europe’s westernmost and northernmost capital city.
- There are very few surnames or family names in Iceland. Children are named after their father, and depending on if they are male or female, it will be suffixed by -dóttir (-daughter) or -son.
- Iceland doesn’t have an army.
- Beer was illegal across the whole country until 1st March 1989.
- During the summer months you won’t experience darkness, only for a few hours, it will be a hazy nightfall.
It's famous for...
Food and drink
If you're tempted to tour the Land of Fire and Ice and would love to discover the whole country, then take a look at this DK Eyewitness book. This Top 10 Pocket Travel Guide is invaluable, I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into searching for more.
You can now grab the revised copy.
See & Do
Where we stayed
Need a rental car?
Movies & Games
Value for Money
Our value for money index.
Don't forget we're Londoners, and that means our baseline is quite high.
Behind the wheel - the driving karma
What's it like driving in the country. Which side of the road do they drive on? They drive on the right.
This is a difficult one - Gary loves driving in Iceland despite the toffee incident (See our Epic Road Trip Failures), but it attracts a lot of tourists who either hire cars, or take tours on the minibuses, oh so popular in the south.
For more on driving in Iceland check out - Driving Iceland's Route One.
Janis's Hi's & Lo's
Gary's Hi's & Lo's
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