I have always been fascinated by Amazing Iceland. Its people look perfect and gorgeous, the country is beautiful and I always wanted to visit what’s considered one of the 25 wonders of the world, the Blue Lagoon
Well known for its volcanoes and glaciers Iceland is a perfect place for the adventurous. Summer days last 24 hours and winters are very long.
Here’s some facts about Iceland, some of which you will find surprising:
- Many people think that Iceland is full of snow, however, that’s not the case. Yes, the climate is tough in the winter, the average temperature in the summer is about 75 degrees Farenheit
- If you are planning a trip to Iceland, here are some interesting facts you should know:
- There are no 5-star hotels in Iceland- although there are hotels that provide all luxury like 5-star hotels, officially there are no 5-star hotels in Iceland.
- Even in the summer, you should bring warm clothes with you, but also a swimsuit. Swimsuit? Why? Because Iceland is covered with thermal water where Icelanders often take bath
- Before the thermal bath, Icelanders have the custom to get a shower, butt naked. So be aware of that
- There are many great beauty products which come from the Blue Lagoon that are beneficial for people suffering from Psoriasis and other skin conditions.
- Most of the Icelanders still believe in elves.
- Reykjavik is well known as one of the European cities with the most vivid nightlife- the most interesting party starts around 3am- before that, Icelanders are gathered in the bars and pubs; around 3am they came out on the streets and mold the circles of dancing and singing people.
- Icelanders are one of the happiest nations on the Earth and they are very hospitable. There is almost no crime in the Iceland
- 2/3 of the population of Iceland live in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. Most of the tours start in Reykjavik
- Icelanders are devotees of golf and there are around 65 golf fields in the country- playing golf while on Iceland is considered one of the must-do things; even if you are a beginner
- Restaurants and bars in Reykjavik can be very expensive- you can spend $300 just for the lunch. You won’t find McDonalds or other chain restaurants here- you have to try local food
- Dishes you might want to try on Iceland are hangikjöt (smoked lamb), skyr, type of Iceland yogurt, but a bit thicker and richer in the taste; Icelanders have the custom to serve it with almost every meal
- Icelanders are fishermen and you can try any kind of fish- it’s delicious! If you want something special ask for Saltfiskur or Harðfiskur.
- There are dishes you might want to avoid like Svið – boiled sheep head, and other parts of the animal’s body- Icelanders literary don’t throw anything away!
- You don’t have to go to the North Pole to see the Aurora Borealis- red and green polar light which appears in the dawn
- Beer was banned on Amazing Iceland until 1989! Therefore, the day when beer became legal again is celebrated as the National Beer Day. One of the best beers is Borg
- Amazing Iceland has around 1000 geysers and 130 volcanoes!
I find Iceland to be a great destination for the whole family.
For more information on Amazing Iceland, you can read this book available on Amazon.