There’s just something mystical about Iceland, something that grabs a hold of our collective travel souls and refuses to let go.
Here are some lesser known facts about this mystical place.
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. There are strict laws on what names are allowed in Iceland to preserve the Icelandic language. All names not previously accepted must go before the Icelandic Naming Committee, which either allows them if they abide by the laws on Icelandic names, or rejects them, forcing parents to find another name for their child.
The English word “geyser” comes from the name of the great geyser, Geysir in Haukadalur, South Iceland. Nearly all of Iceland’s heating and electricity needs are served by hydroelectric power and geothermal water reserves.
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.
Baby sleeping In cold? It’s normal
Icelandic babies are left outside to nap in freezing temperatures. It is not uncommon to see a pram outside a coffee shop parents grabbing 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.
Who doesn’t love an ice-cream?
Icelandic people love eating ice cream even though temperatures are well below zero. 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.
The Arctic fox is the only mammal native to Iceland and there are no forests in Iceland. Mosquitoes do not exist in Iceland as well.