Iceland Fun Facts: Part 1

Oct 26, 2012

In our research for our Icelandic honeymoon, we have come across so many interesting things about this wonderful country. 
Most of this info came from this link at WhyGoIceland.com of 25 fun facts about Iceland and I was so fascinated by all the facts that I just had to share some of them with yall! 

Did you know . . . 
Iceland is only about the size of the US state of Ohio.

Three of Iceland’s five glaciers are the largest in Europe.
Only about 320,000 people live in Iceland and over 2/3 of the population live in and around Reykjavik, which is the northernmost capital in the world.

30% of the land is lava fields.
Iceland is one of the most geologically active spots on Earth.

It sits at the meeting point of the Eurasian and North American continental plates – which are slowly moving apart.
The result is some of Iceland’s unique geological features, like the two most powerful waterfalls in Europe and near-daily mini-earthquakes.

Iceland is home to the youngest place on Earth. Surtsey Island, in the Westman Islands, came up from the ocean floor during a volcanic eruption in 1963.

"Greenland is covered with ice and Iceland is very nice!" -Mighty Ducks, anyone?
When Eric the Red colonized Greenland, he decided give it a more inviting name to entice people to move there.  Iceland, on the other hand, doesn’t even get as cold in winter as New York City, on average.

5 comments:

Kayla Lynn said...

omgosh, love this mighty ducks reference!! and thanks for sharing those fun facts :) looks beautiful!

Brooke said...

Iceland sounds so cool to visit!
I think they have a very large steam bath place there too, right? The Blue Lagoon? You should check that place out too!


=)


Brooke

Vic said...

Iceland is very high on my list of places to go, my housemate is actually spending some of next summer out there doing conservation volunteering - how cool! I'm sure you'll have an awesome time (:

indie by heart said...

So fun that you're coming to Europe for the honeymoon. :) Although I think it's very different to any of the other European or Northern countries, like mine (Finland), because it's the only really volcanic one. Nice choice! ^^ I've seen loads of photos so I bet it's beautiful out there.

Satu
Indie by heart

Stamp in My Passport said...

It seems like Iceland is the new "it" place to travel these days! Glad to know a little bit more about it. No matter how many times I hear the difference between Iceland and Greenland, I always picture Iceland as one huge glacier. Can't wait to visit there soon!

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