Iceland It is not a land of ice as its name implies. It is the second largest country on the European continent. Many define it as a country of opposites: you can find glaciers and volcanoes, hot springs and extensive lava, desert sand and thick vegetation, etc. Many parts are not habitable and its rugged and wild landscape stands out. The largest lake is the Dingvallavatn and the highest peak is the Hvannadalshnúkur. The country's capital is Reykjavik.
The country It has more than 300,000 people and about 150,000 people live in the capital. The other percentage of people is found along the coastal areas. Many parts of the interior of the country are not suitable for life. The average life span of Icelanders is 80 years. Summer has endless days and nights of sunshine and in winter the days are endless and the night is breathtakingly dark. As we mentioned, Iceland has many volcanoes of which 30 have emerged in the last two centuries.
These provide geothermal energy for the country. The rivers that flow into the country provide hydroelectric power. Ingólfur Arnarson, a Norwegian Viking was the first person to settle in the capital. The people of Iceland follow ancient traditions by mixing them with modern innovations. Many colorful festivals are celebrated at different times. The country has a kitchen supreme offering focused on seafood.
The country's economy is highly dependent on fishing. Most people are related to this job. The most popular activities for tourism are: whale and bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, cycling, kayaking and trips to the glaciers.
15 Things You Didn't Know About Iceland (July 2020)
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