10 Random Facts About Iceland, its History and Culture

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Most people in English-speaking countries know relatively little or nothing about Iceland. This is probably a good thing because most Icelanders do not want foreigners to know anything about their country. The ‘why’ of it will soon become clear and therefore it is important to share some amazing facts about this cold little country.


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10. Iceland is completely made of ice. There is no real land or earth of any kind. It is part of the large North Sea deposition of Canbera-Eyjafjörður. That is why nothing can grow there and most of their economy depends almost entirely on the sale of snow cones to European sailors.

9.Because Iceland, as mentioned above, is an iceberg (a very large one), it is still drifting slowly to the southeastern United States and will be outside of Miami, Florida for 12,313.37 years, despite the northern flow of the Gulf Stream. Oceanographers do not know how a very large piece of ice like Iceland can float against the current! But it is real and it happens.

8.Although surrounded by water, the Icelanders are poor fishermen and more than 90% of their diet consists of the consumption of snow cones made from nutritious but tasty kelp that is part of the dissolved solids in part of their ice cream.

Iceland was ignored in its first human history, largely by Eric the Red, who discovered the booty of Canbera-Eyjafjörður and named Iceland … Iceland to discover this, now that Detroit, Michigan in North America around or around 987 AD Then stepping out of his extra-long boat, he would have said, “Hvað, þessi staður er stórfurðulegur’s ice floe!” Which translates into “Damn, this place is a scary iceberg.

7.It never rains in Iceland, but snows around 325 days in a typical year. This has allowed the country to build world-class ice rinks. Because most of their culture and clothing is based on frozen kelp ice, Icelanders are highly skilled in ice hockey, figure skating, sledding and the skills required for ice weaving.

6.The Icelandic prime minister is called “Á virkilega stór Ice strákur”, which roughly translates into “The Great Man of Ice”. The Parliament is called “A heild búnt af minni ís fólki”, which translates into “A whole bunch of little ice cream people”.


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5.Iceland was the first and only country to build a fully ice-prepared work plane. Due to weather conditions he could only fly in very cold climates and only in winter and only at very high altitudes, as you would expect. The Icelandic people generally referred to it when it was operating under the name “Kaldur ís planið okkar”. “Our cool [sic] ice plane”.

4.In 1908, Iceland organized the Winter Olympics, just outside Reykjavik, near Reykjavik airport. Because Iceland was the host country, they were allowed to introduce their sports to play at the Olympic Games. Their sports include ice hockey with skates made entirely of ice. This translated into “Fylgir íshokkí með ís skata gerði algjörlega út af ís”. Caribou hunting, Icelandic shot put with ice shot and an Icelandic version of roller derby on skates, in ice were also included. Needless to say, Iceland has won all events and has won or, so to speak, retained gold. Because of their unconventional sports, the Olympic Committee has disqualified these Olympic Games and promised never to organize another in Iceland unless they participate in more conventional sports. Also, they changed the Olympic rules to prevent the host country from creating its sports.

3.Some of the greatest songwriters and composers in the world are Icelandic. That is at least what the Icelandic Tourist Office has mentioned in its tourist brochures. The difficulty in making this statement is that all of their books and songs are written in Icelandic and that only Icelanders can read or understand them. They say the books and songs are really good.

2.Iceland is the only country in the world that publishes a newspaper made entirely of ice. That is why it is very difficult to store copies in places such as Ecuador, Brazil, Egypt, etc. Positive is that Iceland is one of the most environmentally friendly places in the world. Because even their toilet paper is made of ice, the Icelanders throw all their old glossy paper products into the ocean and they melt without leaving a negative impact on the environment.

1.Iceland is an incredible and extremely interesting country. The people are friendly, although somewhat cold, as you immediately see when you shake their hands. They have a proud historical tradition and it is a place that you would like to visit if you don’t mind the permafrost.


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