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What is the current population of Iceland? How large is the landmass, and how did it come to form? What are the country's biggest industries, and what language do the Icelanders speak? What are some...
How did Iceland become the modern republic it is today? How did the country's geography, climate and position in the world affect its development, and what were some of the most positive and negativ...
How long has Iceland been inhabited? Who were the first Icelanders? Where did they come from? Continue reading to learn all about the history of the Icelandic people.  Dip into Iceland's largest we...
The story of the Icelandic flag is, in many respects, the story of the Icelandic people; it is a testament to their struggle for national identity, for cultural independence and their long commitmen...
Gender equality—the right to equal opportunities and resources regardless of gender—is both a fundamental human right and one of the foundations for a prosperous and harmonious planet.  Find Icelan...
Photo credit above: Helgi Halldórsson What's the gay scene like in Iceland? How do Icelanders treat the LGBTQ community? Is Iceland a good travel destination for queer people? Read on for all you n...
What is the history of Icelandic architecture? How long ago did Icelanders live in turf houses? What was the basis for the formation of Iceland's capital city Reykjavík? Who were the leading archite...
What is the current local time in Reykjavík, Iceland? What is the duration of the country’s longest and shortest days? How did Iceland's Viking settlers measure time and is it true that summer sees...
What role does water play in Icelandic culture and society? What is the secret behind the international reputation of Icelandic water? Can visitors drink from the tap in Iceland? How do Icelanders u...
What are the main differences between sustainable tourism and mass tourism in Iceland? What are the positive and negative effects of the tourism boom and what can Icelanders learn from the experienc...
Football has found a new home in Iceland, with the Men’s and Women’s national teams reaching new and unexpected heights in both international and European competitions. But what is the secret to the...
Iceland has long been known for tall tales of tall heroes and their incredible strength. Some of Iceland's best-known cultural icons, in fact, are the country's log-lifting and rock hauling strongme...
Where did the ancient Icelandic rune alphabets come from? What is the purpose of Icelandic staves such as Ægishjálmur and Vegvísir? Read on and learn about Icelandic Viking Age symbols, their mythol...
Who were the early Viking settlers to reach Iceland’s shores, and who were the Gods that they worshipped? How is this Viking heritage still visible in Iceland today, and just why did the Icelanders...
Are you in dire need of opening a lock without a key? Do you want to turn the milk in your neighbour's cow sour or drive your enemies mad with fear while safely sitting within your very own greater...
Since the dawn of history, Icelanders have told fantastic tales of their strange encounters with the many peculiar supernatural beings with which they share the land. From the extraordinary Lyngbaku...
How does one go about finding a job in Iceland? What are the island’s biggest employment sectors and what is the unemployment rate like? Must you be able to speak Icelandic to work here and what are...
Is the Icelandic language difficult? How do you pronounce Eyjafjallajökull? How do you read the Icelandic alphabet? Are there any similarities between English and Icelandic? See also The 10 Weirde...
Are you thinking of moving to Iceland? In 2016, 11000 people from around the world decided to make the move to Iceland. Learn about the immigration process, cultural habits, the benefits and the cha...
What is Christmas in Iceland like? How do Icelanders celebrate Christmas? Why does Iceland have 13 Santa Clauses? What is traditional Christmas food in Iceland?  Discover the largest selection of W...
What is New Year's Eve in Iceland like? What is New Year's Eve in Reykjavík like? What makes New Year's in Iceland special? Where are the best parties in Reykjavík on New Year's Eve? Discover the l...
What's so unique about Icelandic literature? What are the ancient Icelandic Sagas? What is the Christmas Book Flood or Jólabókaflóðið? Where does Iceland's obsession with crime writing come from? Re...
Today, the Icelandic film industry is undergoing a blossoming period; not only does the country distribute four domestic films per year (give or take), but international production companies, such a...
Which international films and TV shows have been filmed in Iceland? Why do producers choose to film in Iceland? See this list of Famous People from Iceland Learn more in the The Story of Icelandic...
Increased tourism in Iceland has its good sides – and its bad sides. What is it that Icelanders hate most about tourism in Iceland? What makes a ‘bad tourist’ and how can you be a ‘good tourist’? ...
Are there any famous people or celebrities in Iceland? Who is the most famous person to have come from Iceland? What are Icelanders most famous for? Read ahead to learn all about the celebrities who h...
Which historical Icelanders were the most notorious? What impact did they have and how did their mischiefs shape what is now considered the most peaceful of nations? Read on to learn about these fas...
What are the Icelandic search and rescue teams like? How do you join an Icelandic emergency squad? How many rescue squads are there in Iceland? What do the Icelandic rescue teams do? What emergencie...
Help conserve our common nature and come volunteer in Iceland. People have experienced the best time of their life while helping out. And if you enjoy nature, then this is something for you. See al...
What is the nudity culture in Iceland like? When, where and why are people getting naked? Is it true that you have to wash publicly in the nude to enter the Blue Lagoon? Read on to discover all you...
Known for longevity, happiness, and well-being, Icelanders rank amongst the healthiest peoples in the world. Fresh and unpolluted air, one of the cleanest water sources on earth, and a healthy diet...
What is the healthy culture in Iceland like? How healthy is the Icelandic diet? Which exercises are popular in Iceland? Continue reading to learn all about health in Iceland. Learn all you need to...
1st of March is the Icelandic Beer Day. Beer was banned in Iceland between 1915 and until 1989! But why? If you've ever been to Iceland chances are you've experienced some of Reykjavík's infamous n...
You keep hearing all the wonderful things about Iceland and reading top lists of all its amazing attractions and attributes. But what are some of the worst, most annoying things about Iceland? What...
What are some of the silliest, most ignorant, or plain stupid things that visitors to Iceland have done? What common-sense decisions have recent travellers been failing to make? Is there anything yo...
What are the funniest things tourists have done in Iceland? Read about some hilarious mistakes tourists (and locals) have done on their travels in Iceland! Take a look at Stupid Questions About Ice...
Do you want to have your marriage in Iceland? What do you need to do before throwing a wedding in Iceland? Are you planning on an elopement wedding, or searching for Icelandic wedding packages? Read o...
Are the Icelandic people strange? What are the oddest things about them? The inhabitants of Iceland, like of any other country, have some distinctive, quirky traits that others around the world may...
Justin Bieber came to Iceland to make the music video I'll Show You in 2015. You can see the result here above. Although Bieber fell in love with the country and decided to come back the following y...
What is considered to be the most disgusting Icelandic dish? Where can you purchase your own sheep’s head, or tuck into a little-fermented shark? How can you persuade your taste buds that liquorice...
What are some stereotypical ‘Icelandic traits’? How can you define an Icelander? Continue reading to learn all about what makes the people of this island nation traditionally Icelandic.  Dip into...
Thanks to the direct flights starting on December 7, Wow Air is connecting India to Iceland and Iceland to India. Did you know that Bollywood already came to Iceland? Read more about International...
What's the gay scene like in Iceland? How do Icelanders treat the LGBTQ community? Is Iceland a good travel destination for queer people? Read on for all you need to know about queer history, Reykja...
Make sure to read What is an Icelander? Don't miss this 9 Day Winter Itinerary | The Complete Iceland Experience For first time travellers see Iceland Summer Vacation | 4 Days, 3 Nights See this ...
Iceland is known throughout the world for its sweeping natural sceneries, rich culture, talented artists and excelling sports teams. Or, at the very least, that's what the people of Iceland would li...
Where does Iceland stand on the world’s political stage? How much influence does Iceland hold over its international counterparts, and what is the future of Iceland’s international cooperation? Read...
What is the history of Iceland’s second largest city and “Capital of the North”, Akureyri? How many people currently live there, and what attractions and activities can be found close by? How does A...
What are the key characteristics of Icelandic food and is it any good? Is it true that Icelanders only eat dried fish and fermented shark? What should travellers eat while visiting Iceland? Read on...
How difficult is it for international students to study in Iceland? Are courses available in English, and how many higher education facilities are there in the country? Read on to find out all you n...
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of Iceland's power production is not geothermal but hydroelectric. Plans are now in motion for eight new hydroelectric power plants that will dam the country...
How does one purchase real estate in Iceland? Is it possible for foreigners to buy a house in Iceland? What are the average house prices across the country, and are there any regulations that can je...
How, and where, do you keep fit during your time in Iceland? Where are the gyms and swimming pools in Reykjavík, or where’s best for a simple jog? What are the most popular sports in Iceland? Read o...
Where can you find Game of Thrones filming locations in Iceland? Do you want to visit the breathtaking scenery of the lands Beyond the Wall or the Bloody Gate? Why did the producers choose Iceland a...
What are Iceland's public holidays and on which days to they occur? Are shops and restaurants open during official vacation days in Iceland?  Where and how can you join the festivities and enjoy an...
What are some of the most common myths about Iceland? Is it called Iceland because of its sheer number of glaciers, or is it named after the country's favourite son, O'Shea Jackson? Is sheep farming...
Icelandic names have left many a foreigner puzzled and tongue tied. On the volcanic island in the North Atlantic lives a nation of a little over 350.000 people with it’s own language and a unique al...
What are the top film festivals in Iceland, and where are they held? What type of film festivals can you attend, and what sort of movies will you see there? Read on to find out all you need to know...
How did the stand up comedy scene in Iceland start? Is there comedy in English? What is the future looking like for comedy in Iceland? Read on to find out more about the saga of Icelandic stand up....
What are Icelandic turf houses? How were they built, what were they like to live in, and when did they stop being used? Are there any historical turf houses left in Iceland, and where can you find t...
Illustration by Haukur Valdimar Pálsson Who are the Icelandic Christmas Trolls? Who is celebrated in Iceland at Christmas if not Santa Claus? What role does the giantess Grýla play in Icelandic Chris...