20 strange facts about Iceland

1. There is a penis museum in Reykjavik. It contains a collection of penises from over 200 different mammals, including one from a man.

2. Icelandic babies are left outside to nap in freezing temperatures. It is not uncommon to see a pram outside a coffee shop parents crabbing a cup while the baby sleeps. Or to see one outside of a home as many Icelandic babies nap outside at least once a day, no matter the season.

3. Iceland is a nation of book worms. There is a term in Icelandic called jólabókaflóð, the Christmas book flood. It refers to the great number of books published before Christmas, as books are popular Christmas presents.

4. Beer was illegal in Iceland until 1989.

5. Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament was founded in 930 and is one of the oldest in the world.

6. Icelandic people love eating ice cream even though temperatures are well below zero.

7. Icelandic people are no less fond of swimming pools and outdoor hot tubs in the freezing cold. As they are filled geothermal water they are warm great for relaxing. Or splashing around.

8. There are volcanic eruptions every few years in Iceland. Most of which are small and magnificent to look at from afar.

9. Nearly all of Iceland’s heating and electricity needs are served by hydroelectric power and geothermal water reserves.

10. There are no mosquitoes in Iceland. There are in fact very few insects that can do much more to bother a person than simply existing.

11. Comedian Jón Gnarr was elected the mayor of Reykjavik in 2010 and served 4 years. One of his campaign promises was not to fulfil any of his campaign promises.

12. The Arctic fox is the only mammal native to Iceland.

13. Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, is the northernmost city of any sovereign state in the world. It doesn’t get that cold though. Average temperature in Reykjavik in January is just about the same as in New York.

14. Icelanders don’t have surnames in the traditional sense. The vast majority of Icelandic surnames simply record the fact that you are your father’s (or mother’s) son or daughter. First names are almost always used when addressing someone, no matter how formal the meeting. Even the phone book lists subscribers by their first name.

15. More on names. There are strict laws on what names are allowed in Iceland, the point is to preserve Icelandic language. All names not previously accepted must go before the Icelandic Naming Committee, which either allows them if they abide to the laws on Icelandic names, or rejects them, forcing parents to find another name for their child.

16. The Icelandic police does not carry guns. One man has been shot by the police, ever.

17. The English word “geyser” comes from the name of the great geyser, Geysir in Haukadalur, South Iceland.

18. Iceland has only waged one war, and it can barely be called war. Its name is Þorskastríðið, The Cod War, it was a dispute between Iceland and the UK over fishing grounds in 1960s and 70s.

19. Iceland like many other European countries burned witches at the stake in the 17th century. The witches in Iceland were however almost all male.

20. There is no railway system of any sort in Iceland.


Icelands’ biggest airport lies on the Reykjanes penensula, near a few small towns.

The name Keflavik Airport takes after the biggest of these towns.

Actually Keflavik is the old name for a part of what now is called Reykjanesbær (The Town of Reykjanes).


Sólsetur í Grófinni júlí 2015

Hotel Berg





Icelandair Hotels in Keflavik


tréskúlptúr á flughótel kef A sculpture of wood inside the hotel

hótel keflavík

Hotel Keflavik

hótel keilir við hafnargötu

Hotel Keilir

A10 hótel


Hotel A 10 Deluxe


A10 Hótel í KEF

Hot tub outside the hotel – warm all year around.

Hjónaherbergi í A10 KEF

View from one of the rooms

Norðurljósasalur í A10 KEF

And what they call the Northern Light Lounge




bed & breakfasts



and a great outdoor swimmingpool.

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Iceland Super Jeep Day Tour On The Golden Circle with River Rafting

www.adventures.is We take our course east from Reykjavík along the tabletop mountains and down to Lake Thingvallavatn. Here we stop to visit the National Park Thingvellir where you will see for your self one of only two tectonic rift valleys in the worlds, created as the continental plates slowly drift. Þingvellir is also the only UNESCO’s cultural world-heritage site in Iceland. From there we take the trail behind the picturesque shield volcano Skjaldbreid and along our second biggest glacier, the Langjökull. After about a two hours drive on mountain trails and some river crossing we get back to normal roads again just above Gullfoss waterfall. We will make a short stop and view the spectacular 32 meter high cascade before driving to the Geysir hot springs which are only 10 km down the road. At Geysir we will see a variety of geothermal pools and erupting hot springs, surely one of the highlights of any visit to Iceland. Drumbo river rafting basecamp is our stop for lunch and a great rafting trip on the glacier river Hvítá is the culmination of our adventure. The Hvítá is a beautiful river running through an amazing canyon, with fun rapids and a great optional cliff jump. Afterwards the showers and sauna are at hand before entering the road again. This trip offers an amazing ride through the landscapes and natural forces that have shaped and continue to shape Iceland.
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Warren Miller – Iceland

In 2008, guys from Warren Miller came on a sailing-skiing trip with Borea Adventures. They enjoyed the best Iceland has to offer in backcountry skiing, while they explored the remote Jökulfirðir (Glacier Fjords) and used the sailing vessel Aurora as a mother ship. The result appeared in their latest movie, ‘Children of Winter’. www.boreaadventures.com
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