What you didn't know about Iceland

  1. When you look at Iceland on a map, you might think about where all the people is located. This fact might give you an idea. The center of the country is pretty much uninhabitable. In the old days, outlaws fled to that part of the country, few, if any, survived.
  2. Hot water comes from natural springs in Iceland. Don’t make the strange smell of sulfur fool you though, it’s good for your skin.
  3. Prohibition was on from 1915 till 1989 in Iceland. The ban was partially lifted though in 1921.
  4. Around 2/3 of the people in the country lives in the capital region, in and around Reykjavík.
  5. The crime rate in Iceland is one of the lowest in the world.
  6. It’s known for the world’s strongest men. There are around 180.000 men in Iceland but 3 of them have earned the title of world’s strongest man, Hafthor Julius Bjornsson (The Mountain), Magnus Ver Magnusson and Jon Pall Sigmarsson, Magnus and Jon Pall both won the title 4 times and Hafthor has won it 1 time, but in 2019 he landed 3rd place, which was his 8th consecutive podium finish.
  7. Iceland is mosquito free!
  8. It has the best gender equality in the world.

After this reading, you should know a little bit more about our little country in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, if not, you are pretty well informed and we hope you manage to make some new and interesting discoveries on your trip in Iceland.

Also check out our 10 things to consider before your road trip in Iceland.

Did you think Iceland was chic? Check out this Vogue Magazine article on driving the ring road in IcelandYes, VOGUE!

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