20 Cool Facts about Iceland
I loved Iceland I didn’t know much about the country until I visited it and was quite surprised at some of the things I found out about Iceland when I was researching and also when I was exploring.
I have only visited South of Iceland and have so much more of the country to explore. I would love to visit Iceland in the summer so I could experience it at a different time of year as I went in January.
When I visited Iceland it was so cold that your snot froze on your face. It did mean things were at a slower pace as you have to stop doing things to go and warm up. So I bet that Iceland is a totally different experience in summer. Have you been in summer I would love to know what you thought get in contact.
- The time is the same as England so you don’t have to adjust though it is weird as it doesn’t get light until 10.30 and goes dark at 15.30 in January
- They love their lights. Everywhere still felt Christmassy even in January. Apparently they keep the Christmas lights up until end of February as the days get dark early so it makes it more colourful
- Weather can change very quickly. One minute its calm, then gale force winds then calm again then sleet then snow then calm its very strange how quickly it can change.
- You can drink the water from any cold water tap from hotel rooms to petrol stations as its all fresh and clean. You should be able to ask for water where ever you go and not get charged. All the restaurants give you a big bottle when you sit down and its very tasty.
- Things are expensive and they seem even more expensive due to the currency. At the time I was there 1000 krona was about £5 so when your bill came to 3000isk it seemed like loads. Though some things were extremely expensive for example shots in a bar were 3000 I wouldn’t pay £15 for a shot at home.
- Everywhere was so quiet. There are less than 330,000 inhabitants in Iceland and you hardly see them they must all hide away unless they really need to go out. I only saw people really if they were working
- People were so polite and friendly
- The houses looked really cosy. Not many had curtains so you could see in and they had Christmas lights in the window. A local told me that because most of their heating comes from geomeglobal all the houses are really toasty as its cheap to heat
- Even though there were some well know shops like subway, Ikea and F&F it didn’t seem too commercialised, as there were still classic local looking shops.
- You can’t buy alcohol in supermarkets they have special shops called vinbudin which are government owned. I didn’t know that about Iceland did you?
- Apparently locals do not eat sheep’s testicles anymore it’s a tourist gimmick someone told me as I was travelling from the airport, not that I was planning on trying them anyway
- There is an eggy smell due to the sulphur. The hot water can sometimes smell of it but the cold comes from a different source so is perfectly ok to drink.
- They have their own breed of horses which has two walks no other horses do. If they leave the country to go to a show they have to be sold as they cannot return in case, they bring in disease and they want to keep the breed as pure as possible
- I didn’t see any beggars or homeless I suppose it’s too cold outside in the winter when I was visiting Iceland
- It’s in two continents North America and Europe, it lies across two tectonic plates (I don’t really understand it)
- I thought I would see loads of puffins I didn’t see any, must have been too cold or the wrong season
- Even though most families have two cars the roads didn’t seem busy
- No one was slipping over apart from me
- I didn’t realise how close it was to the UK less than 2.5 hours’ flight but it only seems recently that people have started going.
- Even though most of Europe will remember the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull as disrupting flights it seems to be a good thing for Iceland as a tour guide told me it made them get noticed and tourism has increased greatly
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Article originally posted in Sept 2016 and has been updated February 2019 with more details. I have updated this article as I wrote it when I was just starting blogging but now my writing skills are improving and I have added some extra information.