Iceland is a Nordic country of Europe located in the North Atlantic Ocean. This country has a relatively small population of over 300,000 people and is recognised as the most sparely populated country within the European continent. Reykjavík is Iceland’s capital as well as largest city and it along with it’s surrounding areas account for over two-thirds of the nation’s population.
This fascinating country is both volcanically and geologically active which means it is home to some of the world’s most interesting landscapes. Iceland’s interiors consist of sandy plateaus along with lava fields, many mountains, glaciers, and glacial rivers.
Iceland has a surprisingly temperate climate as it is warmed by the Gulf Stream. Its high latitude and aquatic influence keep summers chilly and windy while most of the archipelago maintains a tundra climate.
This breath-taking country is known for its affinity to thermal waters, outdoor activities, meat (especially lamb), and non-violence! Not to mention, Iceland is constantly cited as one of the world’s happiest countries. Icelanders down to earth and happy-go-lucky characterization mixes well with the country’s stark and alien-like land.
Iceland is known as the “Land of Fire and Ice” and rightfully so.
This country is filled with epic sites, like the largest glacier in Europe, crystalline ice caves, and the awe-inspiring Northern Lights, among many more. This quirky country shows its uniqueness in various ways including; language, food, typography, and beliefs. Where else can you find a place where most adults still believe in magic? Everything from elves and ‘hidden people’ to glaciers and volcanoes can be found in Iceland.
The island’s incredible landscape is not only staggering, it is mind-blowing. Most of the country is an uninhabited moonscape of craters, bright green moss, giant glaciers, active volcanoes and hot springs, and fields of lava rock. Therefore, it should come of no surprise to know that Iceland is so other-worldly that both Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin trained in Iceland before heading to the moon.
The country is one big surrealistic playground. With so many sights to see and adventures to go on, it becomes difficult to choose where and how to spend your time. Apart from offering incredible outdoor activities on land, Iceland also offers insight into a vast underwater world. It is in fact, the only country where two tectonic plates manage to coexist in perfect harmony. One can even visit and witness this unique occurrence although if you do, you will technically be in two places at once, Europe and America. Talk about cool!