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Read the full disclosure policy here. The Land of Fire and Ice has become a tourism darling in the past couple of years — and for good reason: Iceland is an incredible country, with features that you won't find anywhere else in the world.
I took my first trip to Iceland back inexpecting to find a Scandinavian country with some cool scenery. From elves and trolls to glaciers and volcanoes, here are 15 fun Iceland facts that make it the incredibly cool country that it is.
Fun Facts About Iceland 1. Viking Ties Iceland was settled by Vikings from Norway sometime in the s. The Icelandic horses in the country today are unique in the fact that they are direct descendants from the horses the Vikings first brought over from mainland Europe.
The Horses of Iceland And a bonus fun fact for you: The Vikings are the ones who gave both Iceland and Greenland their names, purposefully mis-naming them both so that their enemies would hopefully go to ice-covered Greenland instead of following them to where they actually settled in Iceland.
First Parliament Iceland is home to the very first parliament grounds in Europe. Iceland's Golden Circle 4. Volcanoes Because it's located on the Mid-Atlantic ridge, Iceland is an incredibly active country geologically.
There are more than volcanic mountains in the country, a handful of which are still very active, and another handful that could easily awaken and become active as the country changes and grows.
Iceland experiences a volcanic eruption roughly once every 4 years, though the past few years have seen one eruption or more each year we all remember Eyjafjallajokull, right?
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Because of this constant activity, a good portion of Iceland is covered in lava fields. Glaciers Surprisingly, another large section of Iceland is covered in glaciers. Glaciers are responsible for carving out everything in Iceland that hasn't been shaped by magma and earthquakes, making for a landscape more unique than any other country I've visited.
No Forests Iceland was formed by some pretty harsh phenomena: But, contrary to popular belief, trees DO grow in Iceland. However, when the Vikings arrived, they forested the crap out of it, cutting down almost all the native tress in the country. Today, reforestation is being attempted, but you'll still definitely notice the lack of forests when you visit.
Eco-Friendly Iceland is perhaps the most eco-friendly country I know of. And the kicker is, they don't even have to try very hard. Very few fossil fuels are burned here there are even some hydrogen buses driving around Reykjavik! They harness the power of rivers like this one near Hraunfossar Waterfall.
Relaxing at Iceland's Blue Lagoon 8. Preserved Language While very close to Danish and Norwegian, the Icelandic language remains totally unique. Words with far too many consonants abound, and syllables seem to just blur together.
Unlike other languages that have changed drastically over the centuries, Icelandic remains very close to its original roots. There are many amusing stories and legends about these creatures, and Icelanders go so far as to postpone construction projects if it's believed that something is going to be built where elves currently live.Desirée Rogers was the first African American woman to serve as the White House Social Secretary, under President Obama.
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