Curiosities about Iceland

Iceland is not a land of ice as its name suggests. It is the second largest country on the European continent. Many define it as a country of opposites: you can find glaciers and volcanoes, hot springs and extensive lava, sandy desert and thick vegetation, etc. Many parts are not habitable and its rugged and wild landscape stands out. The largest lake is the Dingvallavatn and the highest peak is the Hvannadalshnúkur. The capital of the country is Reykjavik .

The country has more than 300,000 people and some 150,000 people live in the capital. The other percentage of people are found along the coastal areas. Many parts of the interior of the country are not suitable for life. The average lifespan of Icelanders is 80 years. Summer has endless sunny days and nights, and winter has endless days and breathtaking darkness at night. As we mentioned, Iceland has many volcanoes of which 30 have emerged in the last two centuries.
These provide geothermal energy for the country. The rivers that flow into the country provide hydroelectric power. Ingólfur Arnarson, a Norwegian Viking, was the first person to settle in the capital. The people of Iceland follow ancient traditions mixing them with modern innovations. Many colorful festivals are held at different times. The country has a supreme cuisine that offers centered on seafood.

The country’s economy is highly dependent on fishing . Most of the people are related to this job. The most popular activities for tourism are: whale and bird watching, hiking, horse riding, skiing, cycling, kayaking and trips to the glaciers .