7 Stupefying Facts About Fascinating Iceland! Been There?

Nordic island country of Europe, is located in the North Atlantic Ocean. Iceland is blessed with its landscape and volcano geysers. The capital of Iceland is Reykjavik and most of the population (around 3lakh) resides there.

Iceland also protects massive glaciers in cities like Vatnajokoll.

Iceland should be on every traveller’s list as it is one of the most beautiful places to visit. These 7 facts about Iceland are mind-blowing!

Here are some interesting facts about Iceland:

1) Volcano:

Iceland has many volcanoes. In Iceland geothermal energy is used for the purpose of heating – electricity is produced through it. Iceland uses geothermal energy for heating their swimming pools, as there are 150 public swimming pools and all are heated!

2) Handball:

Handball is Iceland’s national sport. This sport is very important, to its people and almost everyone indulges in it. Recently in the Olympics Iceland won in this game.

3) Raw Puffin Heart:

This is a very adorable bird in the country. Puffins are small birds with black and white feathers. They have an oversized beak. Puffin is considered to be a ‘delicacy’ in Iceland, as they are eaten all the time in the country.

4) Sign of ‘Elves’:

Many people living in the country believe in mythical elves. Elves usually live in a very rocky area, possess magical powers and are capable of causing trouble to anyone who disturbs them, according to folklore. In Iceland there have been reports that when a bulldozer was supposed to be working on the site where elves lived, it malfunctioned.

5) Babies in Iceland:

In Iceland small babies are left to nap once in a day in the open. Babies nap in the freezing temperatures, irrespective of the season, as per beliefs. There is no scientific reason for this, it seems like a tradition.

6) Life of insects:

There are no insects in Iceland – not even mosquitoes! Because life for insects in such temperatures is not a possibility.

7) 3rd happiest place in the world:

Iceland is the 3rd happiest country in the world due to a few factors. Healthy years of life lead to higher life expectancy, trust amongst people give a boost to reliability and happiness ( as there is absence of corruption in business and government), people in Iceland are of generous nature, GDP per capita is more than enough for survival, there is immense social support and there is freedom among the people to make their own life decisions. This has made Iceland rank as the 3rd happiest country in the world.

 

Samyak Sheth
Samyak Sheth

A traveller and journalist who views the world wearing multi-coloured goggles. He believes that life is to live not to survive.

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