Iceland is one of the most amazing countries on the planet. The small island’s fantastic nature, culture, and history set it apart. Someone who has already had the opportunity to visit our country may claim that it has everything. But did you know there are no mosquitoes in Iceland? While Iceland has over 1300 insect […]
Mostly native to the Arctic regions, where they’re well-adapted to its seasonal changes and the behavior of seals, polar bears thrive on its sea ice. Sometimes though, a polar bear ends up far from its habitat, arriving at Iceland from venturing on drifting sea ice. Ever since human settlement, Iceland has had 600 polar bear
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages people enjoy, whether starting the morning or taking a break. But did you know that the US is only the 25th largest consumer of coffee? Which country holds the top spot in consuming coffee? Countries in the Nordic region are the highest consumers of coffee globally. All
In today’s world, racism is frowned upon. We often see racist acts on social media and how individuals react to them negatively. In the past, racism was commonly practiced. But did you know how the US Military changed the ways of the Icelandic government? The Icelandic government effectively prohibited the stationing of black American soldiers in
Icelandic horses are not allowed to leave the country. If they do, they are banned from returning. This is because Iceland is an island so they have limited diseases, and this is another measure to prevent it.
Icelandic horse The Icelandic horse is a breed of horse developed in Iceland. Although the horses are small, at times pony-sized, most registries for the Icelandic refer to it as a horse. Icelandic horses are long-lived and hardy. In their native country they have few diseases; Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the
Icelandic horses are not allowed to leave the country. If they do, they are banned from returning. This is because Iceland is an island so they have limited diseases, and this is another measure to prevent it. Read More »
People who speak Icelandic can still understand the old Icelandic Sagas because of how little the language has changed over the past 1000 years.
Icelandic language Main article: History of Icelandic The oldest preserved texts in Icelandic were written around 1100 AD. Many of the texts are based on poetry and laws traditionally preserved orally. The most famous of the texts, which were written in Iceland from the 12th century onward, are the Icelandic Sagas, which encompass the historical
In Iceland people light candles for the huldufólk, hidden elves, during New Year’s Eve to help the huldufólk find a new home for the year.
Huldufólk There are four Icelandic holidays considered to have a special connection with hidden people: New Year’s Eve, Thirteenth Night (January 6), Midsummer Night and Christmas night. Elf bonfires (álfabrennur) are a common part of the holiday festivities on Twelfth Night (January 6). There are many Icelandic folktales about elves and hidden people invading Icelandic
Meet Jólabókaflóðið, an Icelandic tradition of giving books at Christmas. Books are so popular as gifts that, per capita, they read the most books on Earth and publishing occurs just months before Christmas. Many celebrate Christmas by lying in bed eating chocolates and reading one of their books!
The Christmas Book Flood: Iceland’s Literature-Loving Holiday Tradition In Iceland, the most popular Christmas gifts aren’t the latest iProducts or kitchen gadgets. They’re books. Each year, Iceland celebrates what’s known as Jólabókaflóðið: the annual Yule Book Flood. The holiday season is the Black Friday of the Icelandic publishing world—but it’s not just about one day.
Meet Jólabókaflóðið, an Icelandic tradition of giving books at Christmas. Books are so popular as gifts that, per capita, they read the most books on Earth and publishing occurs just months before Christmas. Many celebrate Christmas by lying in bed eating chocolates and reading one of their books! Read More »