Some of you may have met me a few weeks ago when I was over here writing about some stunning Icelandic gems (if you haven’t yet seen it go check that post out!). If not here is a short introduction. Hi! I am Kaelene, an American expat living in Iceland with my Icelandic Viking. Nice to meet you!
Speaking of Iceland, before I met my Viking I knew little to nothing about Iceland. Now I can’t get enough of Icelandic facts! Iceland is a a country full of wonder and I am constantly discovering all the little quirks that make this small European country so unique. How unique is this little country you may ask, well here are 10 unique facts to add to your Icelandic knowledge!
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was president of Iceland from 1980-1996 making her also the longest serving elected female head of state in any country. And speaking of girl power…
For six consecutive years Iceland has ranked number 1 in gender equality based on the Global Gender Gap report. Talk about girl power!
This is up for debate as to how many Icelanders actually believe in elves, but you often hear stories of roads not being built somewhere because it would disrupt the elves, so maybe they believe more than they think 😉
Yup, they are all from Iceland! I have actually seen the Mountain (Game of Thrones reference for those who aren’t GOT fans) several times around Reykjavik, and he is massive.
Maybe this is the reason why Icelanders drink so much beer! Today, the 1st of March is now called “Beer Day” where you can find many Icelanders participating in bar crawls. Although I think they participate in bar crawls year round.
The cold water from the tap is pure spring water from glacier runoff and is not even chlorinated. Trust me, the water in Iceland is the best you will ever taste!
Instead, children are named after their fathers first name with either a son or dottir added to the end based on the gender. For example, if a man named Ragnar had a child it would be named either Ragnarsson or Ragnardottir.
Gun violence is extremely low in Iceland. In fact, when guns are needed a swat team is called in.
We can thank Iceland’s Great Geyser in Haukadalur for the word geyser in the English vocabulary.
Okay, this may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a spa that needs to be on everyone’s bucket list!