About Iceland

Iceland is a Nordic island country of Europe located in the North Atlantic Ocean

The capital and largest city is Reykjavík.

Iceland is stunningly beautiful and unique. In fact, the Vikings who happened upon Iceland thought it was so special; they cleverly named it Iceland in order to detract other settlers from coming to the island.

Waterfalls, geysers, Northern Lights and nice people – Iceland has it all.

The Land of Fire and Ice is full of surprises of all sorts:

  • Iceland is perhaps the most eco-friendly country;
  • The Icelandic language remains totally unique;
  • Hákarl, or rotten shark, is a national dish of Iceland;
  • Iceland experiences long winter nights and long summer days, with almost 24 hours of darkness in December and nearly 24 hours of daylight in June;
  • Fishing is Iceland's main industry;
  • Iceland is home to the very first parliament grounds in Europe;
  • Glaciers are responsible for carving out everything in Iceland that hasn't been shaped by magma and earthquakes, making for a landscape more unique than any other country;
  • There is little crime in Iceland, and virtually no violent crime; 
  • The majority of present-day Icelanders believe in the existence of fantastical beings such as elves and trolls;
  • Nearly all of Iceland's heating and electricity needs are served by hydroelectric power and geothermal water reserves;
  • There are ZERO mosquitoes in Iceland;
  • The Icelandic flag’s colors represent: blue for mountains, red for fire and lava, and white for ice and snow.
  • A typical Icelandic food is pylsur—a hot dog made mostly from lamb with some pork and beef.

Capital and largest city - Reykjavík (64°08′N 21°56′W)
Total Area - 102,775 km2 (39,682 sq mi) (106th)
Population - 348,580 (31 December 2017 estimate)
Drives on the - Right
Currency - Icelandic króna (ISK)