Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|What season causes Iceland to be referred to as 'the land of the midnight sun'?||Incredible Iceland
summer. Due to the tilt of the earth's axis, the sun shines almost directly on the upper part of the planet, causing 20 hours of sunlight in summer.
11.5. Vatnajokull is Iceland's largest glacier.
|At the beginning of the 21st century what was the approximate population of Iceland?||Incredible Iceland
295,000. Most of the inhabitants of Iceland live along the southern parts of their country.
Smoky Bay. Reykjavik has a population of approximately 108,000 people.
Reykjavik. Vatnajokull is a glacier and Breidamerkurjokull is a southern outlet.
103,000 sq km. Iceland may be fairly large, but there are only three people (on average) per square km.
9th. Iceland has some of the best kept accounts of the Viking sagas from around that time period.
|Supposedly what two European countries did the Iceland settlers first come from?||Incredible Iceland
Norway and Ireland. This is where they got their old Norse from. Also, the Icelanders adopted the Norse way of last names: taking the first name of your father and putting either son or daughter respectively after it. For example: Erikson (Erik's son)
Folk lore says that the Irish came to Iceland, but there is no actual evidence.
Icelandic. Icelandic comes from old Norse, with a few added characters of their own.
Hydroelectric. Hydroelectricity forms about 82.5% of their energy.
$7,700,000,000. Just a side note, the current unemployment rate is around 2% in Iceland.
90. That would be about 252,000 people.
almost 300,000. About 93% of these people live in urban areas of the country.
the sea. The flag is blue with a red cross extending to the flag's ends, with the vertical section of the cross shifted to the left. The red cross is outlined in white. Also, the white is snow and the red stands for volcanoes.
constitutional republic. Its constitution was signed June 16, 1944 when it achieved independence from Denmark.
the Althing. It was established in 930 and is called the oldest surviving legislative assembly in the world.
t. This is true, for a period from the late 1700's until 1843, the Althingi was overruled. I hope you enjoyed this quiz! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to tell me.
1918. This happened on December 1, 1918. In 1944, Iceland was declared a republic on June 17th.
|Iceland has a traditional kind of food known as 'thorramatur'. What months are they most often eaten?||More Incredible Iceland
January to March. 'Thorramatur' is a variety of foods including: smoked and salted lamb, singed sheep heads, dried fish, smoked and pickled salmon, cured shark and many other interesting munchies.
|Iceland has a literacy rate of 99.9%. This is due greatly to the fact that school is mandatory for all children between the ages of 7-16. In what year was this made obligatory?||More Incredible Iceland
1946. In 1907, the Icelandic government made school mandatory for all children aged 10-14. However, in 1946, they changed that rule, because before then, most children were taught in their homes before they turned 10.
|Iceland boasts the oldest functioning parliament, the Althingi. How many members, though, does it hold?||More Incredible Iceland
63. The Althingi was formed in 930 A.D.
Tomsson. In Iceland, they use the traditional way of their people, they take their father's first name and place 'son' or 'dottir' after the name.
70%. Due to the warm Gulf Stream that rises up towards Iceland, there are places that make for great feeding grounds for fish, so fish is a really big part of their economy.
1000. 1000 marked a big year for Iceland, because not only did they adopt Christianity, but they did it peacefully, without a big fight.
f. Iceland's currency is the kronur.
|We now head south, take the Baldur ferry from Brjanslaekur to Stykkisholmur on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. There we head west, towards the end of the peninsula. Soon we start to see one of the most picturesque mountains in Iceland. It's about 1500 meters high and is a volcano. What's its name?||Amazing Iceland
Snaefellsjokull. Snaefellsjokull appeared in Jules Verne novel, "The Journey to the Center of the Earth". It last erupted 1750 years ago.
|And west we go. Now we take another detour from the no.1 ring road and enter and area full of fjords. This area hosts towns such as Isafjordur and Patreksfjordur and is also the home of the most western point of Europe. What's the name of this area?||Amazing Iceland
The Westfjords. The Westfjords were a stronghold for magic and witchery in the Middle Ages. It's now filled with deep and narrow fjords and tiny towns.
|Again we head west. After driving approx. 100 km we enter the Capital of the North in Iceland. Where are we?||Amazing Iceland
Akureyri. Akureyri has a population of just over 16000 and is one of the biggest fishing ports of Iceland. It's also the home of the much loved Brynju ice cream.
|We continue west. Soon the landscape starts to change and we start to see the green color of moss and bushes. We cross a mountain range through Namaskard and suddenly one of Iceland's greatest natural wonder appears in front of our eyes. What's the name of this lake?||Amazing Iceland
Myvatn. Myvatn is an amazing natural phenomenon with its volcanoes, hot springs, lava-fields of a lunar-like landscape, a variety of bird-life and tons and tons of my (mygga). The lake cannot be seen from the air because it so full of its bustling alga-culture.
|We now start moving west. We cross a deserted area called Öræfi and marvel at the sight of the queen of mountains in Iceland, namely Herdubreid. We take a right turn when we reach Jokulsa a Fjollum river. This is a small detour, just so we can see the most powerful waterfall in Europe. What's its name?||Amazing Iceland
Dettifoss. Dettifoss is the biggest and most powerful waterfall in Europe. It's unlikely that its power will ever be used for electricity generation because it's situated inside the Jokulsargljufur national park.