20 weird & wonderful facts about Iceland

There is just something so mystical about Iceland, an unspoken force that grabs a hold of your travel soul and refuses to let go. The allure is just so strong. It is a country with unique personality that I am yet to come across in other parts of the world.

Here are a few weird facts about this North Atlantic Island.

  1. 80% of the land is uninhibited with a population of 300 000 people.

  2. There are no mosquitos.

  3. Beer was only legalized in 1989.

4. The Icelandic language remains unchanged over the last 1000 years. A bible found in the

Skogar folk museum from the early 1500s can still be read.

5. The whole country is the size of the American state of Ohio.

6. Iceland has the longest working week in Europe – 43,5 hours per week.

7. There are no surnames or family names in Iceland. Their last names are made up of their

father’s or mother’s first name with an addition of –dottir (daughter) or – son. This is still

part of the Nordic naming system.

8. Iceland is home to Europes first Parliament.