Here Are 10 Fun Facts about Iceland. Whether you Want Them or Not (You Want Them, Though)
Iceland is already a pretty fun place, and as a result has lots of fun facts. Here are ten fun facts about Iceland to arm yourself with and use at the next opportunity. Be it the bar, post office, at your grandmother’s house, in the public bathroom (errr, maybe not) It’s good to know things!
- The first of these fun facts about Iceland is that it is on two continents. Iceland is situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which is the seperation point between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates
- Iceland is one of the youngest land masses in the world. The island was formed around 20 million years ago because of undersea volcanic eruptions. So, in geological terms, Iceland has really only just been born.
- Iceland has the oldest surviving parliament in the world called the Alþingi. This began in Þingvellir National Park, or “Parliament Plains” and it was founded in 930. Nearly 1100 years later, they still can’t agree on anything.
- 11% of the country is ice, as Iceland has Europe’s two largest glaciers. Vatnajökull and Langjökull. However, because of global warming, this figure is decreasing.
- Our national sport, despite our impressive football team, is actually handball.
- Icelanders do not have traditional surnames, like most other nations. Everyone’s second name is normally the first name of their father and then ‘son’ or ‘dóttir’, but sometimes it can be their mother’s name.
- Icelandic is the closest living language to Norse. This is thanks to Iceland’s isolated position on the map, which preserved the language.
- Icelandic has no darkness in the summer. During the months of June to August, the sun never sets. Which is great for Vitamin D, but not for insomnia. However, in the deepest of winter, we only get around 3.5 hours of daylight, because we can’t have everything, you know?
- Iceland is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights, and many people come here during the winter with hopes of catching them.
- We have a volcanic eruption approximately once every 4-5 years. Sometimes it doesn’t do so much damage, but sometimes it stops the world, like the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull (How did you do? Here’s a little help. It is Ey-ya-fyat-la-yoo-koo-tl) The most devastating of Iceland’s eruptions of the last century was Laki, in 1784. This caused untold damage, wiped out crops and livestock and changed weather patterns across Europe and America. The agricultural and economical impact was so severe that it even led to the French Revolution five years later. Sorry about that, France.
Fascinating. What Else Can You Tell Me?
We are so glad you asked. Would you like to know more about the Northern Lights? We got you covered
Would you like to know when is the best time to visit Iceland? We’ll bet you do. Here you go!