Top 10 AMAZING Facts About ICELAND

Top 10 AMAZING Facts About ICELAND

Welcome to Top10Archive! Our global travel
now takes us to Iceland, the Nordic slice of paradise between the United Kingdom and
Greenland. From its jaw-dropping landscape and wildlife, to the man who broke a 1000-year
old record, for this North Atlantic country, we’re going to read the entire installment
in Icelandic!Seriously guys? Ha.. ha.. really funny..
As if I wasn’t going to have problems reading some of these names as it is… Incredible..
10. Famous Icelanders Every country has their share of famous people
– you’d think that Iceland would be an exception… but you’d be wrong. Musical talents include
– and I apologize if I botch any of these pronunciations – Bjork, Jonsi Birgisson, Nanna
Bryndis Hilmarsdottir, Johann Johannsson, Emiliana Torrini, and Fridrik Omar, while
the film and television industry has welcomed the likes of Hafthor Bjornsson, Anita Briem,
director Baltasar Kormakur, and Gunnar Hansen. Iceland’s other Gunnar, Gunnar Nelson, is
well known in the MMA circuit while Alfred Finnbogason and Aron Gunnarsson have graced
the roster of Iceland’s national soccer team. Artist and sculptors Einar Jonsson and
Istvan Ferenczy, poet Sjon, and novelist Halldor Laxness have spread their best timeless works
across the globe while YouTubers BirgirPall, InfoMenarik, and DiddaProductions ensure a
lasting legacy through a more modern medium. 9. Icelandic Innovations
Ever randomly wonder what Iceland has contributed to modern society? Wonder no more… because
there really isn’t that much out there.. Sorry Icelanders. Although the Beared Cap, also
known as “lambshed-hoods”, are pretty cool, but Iceland also has Chester Hjortur Thordarson.
Thordarson is known for his work with the power transformer, most notably for the creation
of the million-volt transformer for the 1904 World’s Fair. Snaebjorn Tr. Gudnason’s
work on NanoIce may not seem as life changing as Thordarson’s transformer, but the potential
is there. The concept of NanoIce benefits fish packing, allowing fish to remain fresher
for longer. It’s estimated fishermen are able to use NanoIce to keep their catch fresh
for 19 days at sea. 8. Icelandic Wildlife
With a name like Iceland, you may be expecting to see a bunch of penguins and polar bears,
but the wildlife of Iceland is as diverse as any other country. From the fluffy and
completely adorable Icelandic sheepdog to East Iceland’s population of reindeer, the
country is brimming with photogenic wildlife that will spur countless “oohs” and “aahs.”
The coastal waters surrounding Iceland are also home to majestic creatures like blue
whale and arctic seal. Back on land, you’ll likely catch a glimpse of the arctic fox,
American mink, Icelandic horse, and the densely populated Icelandic sheep. If you’re a birdwatcher,
Iceland has some of the most unusual and beautiful species of birds in the world. Get your binoculars
and camera ready and try and spot the barnacle goose, long-tailed duck, red-throated loon,
horned grebe and the great cormorant. 7. Icelandic Cuisine
Chart a course throughout Iceland’s history and you’ll find that its proximity to the
ocean has heavily influenced the country’s cuisine. From waterfowl to hakarl, or fermented
shark meat, Icelandic cuisine comes heavily from the North Atlantic, but it’s not all
about seafood. Sometimes, it’s about hrutspungar or svio, a boil sheep head complete with eyes.
If your stomach is turning at the thought of these two unusual dishes, maybe you should
go for something familiar, like ein meo ollu, otherwise known as the Icelandic hot dog.
These lamb-based dogs are commonly topped with ketchup, sweet mustard, fried onions,
and remoulade – all the fixens to put you in a food coma. If dessert is more your thing,
you have to try Iceland’s stapled Skyr, a pasteurized skim milk cheese with a similar
taste to yogurt. 6. Icelandic Tourist Attractions
Want to get to know Iceland more? What better way is there than to traverse its lands and
get up-close to some of its grandest sites. We’re talking historical landmarks… like
the Phallological Museum? Okay, maybe not the finest claim to fame, but there is plenty
more out there to see than a museum dedicated to male genitalia. Take, for instance, the
beauty of the Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s geothermal spa known for working miracles on the skin
of its bathers. Lutheran travelers will take delight in the towering church, Hallgrimskirkja,
while naturalists will revel in Skaftafell National Park, Jokulsarlon lagoon, Gooafoss,
Askja, and the volcanic crater lake, Kerid. 5. The Mountain and the 1,000-Year-Old Record
To much of the entertainment loving world, he’s the Mountain in HBO’s Game of Thrones,
but to Icelanders, he’s the man that crushed Orm Storulfsson’s 1,000-year-old strongman
world record. On January 31st, 2015, during the World’s Strongest Viking competition,
Hafthór Björnsson carried a near 650-kilogram or 1,433 pound log, measuring 10 meters or
33 feet long on his back for 5 impressive steps. Storulfsson’s original record, which
was achieved with the mast of Norwegian King Olav Tryggvason’s longship, Ormrinn Langi,
was three steps, which ended with his back breaking. It’s said that over 50 men were
needed to place the mast, which bore the same dimensions as Hafthór’s shoulders.
4. The Icelandic Elf School North American’s have bigfoot. The Scottish
have Lock Ness. Iceland has elves, and to show just how passionate they are about these
fascinating creatures, the capital city of Reykjavik is home to Alfaskolinn, the Icelandic
Elf School. The school, while not actually a globally recognized place of learning, is
where local students and tourists go to learn about the Icelandic folklore of elves. The
Icelandic Elf School divulges about the 13 different types of elves, from the invisible
huldufolk, or Hidden People, to the 8 centimeter or 3-inch tall humanoids. Belief and protection
of the elven species has even crept into political matters, as seen in the 2013 attempt at halting
highway construction over an ancient lava field because it could endanger the elf population
of the area. 3. The Midnight Sun
It sounds like quite the contradictory event, but in some parts of the world, such as Iceland,
a midnight sun is a real thing. During the summer solstice, which starts around June
21st for Icelanders, it’s possible for the sun to be visible for an entire 24-hour period,
depending on where in the country you are. In the country’s capital, Reykjavik, the
sun sets at around midnight and rises only 3 hours later, creating a perpetual series
of daylight for approximately 3 months straight. The Earth’s axial tilt of approximately
23 degrees and 27 minutes causes this phenomenon – and though 24 hours of daylight sounds
maddening, locals and tourists just get all the more time to enjoy many of Iceland’s
finest facets. 2. A Very Merry Icelandic Christmas
Think Christmas is all about a fat jolly elf and gifts? Iceland’s zany Yule Lads have
something to say about that! These 13 incredibly strange trolls – who include the likes of
Pottaskefill the Pot-Scraper, Bjugnakraeker the Sausage-Swiper, and Gluggagaegir the Window-Peeper
– are actually just the tip of the Christmas iceberg when it comes to Iceland’s holiday
traditions. There’s also Gryla, the ogress mother of the Yule Lads who boils naughty
children; the celebration of January 6th, or the Twelfth Night and last day of Christmas;
the consumption of putrefied skate on St. Porlakur’s Day on December 23rd to symbolize
the end of the Christmas fast; and, of course, there’s Christmas Day itself, which is traditionally
celebrated on December 24th at 6:00 in the evening.
1. Iceland vs. the Sex Industry Though it is a hefty industry across the globe
and vast moneymaker, Iceland has taken up arms against pornography. While it may seem
like an uphill battle, the country has already taken matters to push towards victory, starting
with the closing of all strip clubs in 2010, leaving only two standing, though they’re
tamer gentlemen’s clubs with go-go dancers. Prostitution has been long on the list, with
fines and jail time introduced in 2009 for John’s caught with a prostitute. As for
pornography? Technically, the distribution of print and video porn has been illegal since
1869, with legislation as late as 2013 being proposed to include online porn to that list.

100 thoughts on “Top 10 AMAZING Facts About ICELAND

  1. He missed the massive multiplayer online space game EVE. This game is still a very major franchise among space games and it's still going very strong. This game put Iceland on the map to the worlds PC gaming community. I can't believe this was missed.

  2. God promise bros! I have never been on any aeroplane during my entire life time due to financial crisis but me always dreaming & thinking to ride once in my lifetime on any aeroplane once after getting blessings from my viewers help and support on youtube by learning by doing! God knows when this great dream will come true! I am ashamed of myself & so sorry to say this…………..sorry!!!

  3. no Icelandic for hod dog is pulsa/pylsa , we say '' einn með öllu '' means that we want ''one with everything ''

  4. OK, we English speakers call it "Iceland" but what do the natives actually know their island nation as? We call that country in Western Europe as "Germany" after the Latin word "Germania" but Germans call themselves Deutschlanders and their nation Deutchland.

  5. Ugh I love my homeland..

    But bro. The Icelander pronouncing it all sounds like he’s talking under a doona.

  6. I'm from Brazil. Most of my friends want to visit countries like USA, Argentina and Chile, but my dream is travel to Iceland. Such an exotic, beautiful country. I can't imagine a more diferente place from Brazil.

  7. Icelandic hotdogs rule!!! I can still remember their taste even though I haven't been there since 1976 !

  8. Iceland has one of the best national football team. And the strongest man. Impressive. They have a much smaller population and are still good at a lot of things.

  9. The only FACT that I care about is the fact that THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN ON THIS ENTIRE PLANET, come from Iceland.

  10. The best country..the richest and most dicipline….no prostitutes..that was great…no other cities like this more civilized…

  11. Fact #11 : Did you know that in Iceland you have to pay 4% of every paycheck you get when you rip the moss? Your children and your children's children and every generation to come after will have to pay 4% of their paychecks until a century has passed. The money goes toward replenishing the moss.

  12. This place is real paradise…. How i wish i can go there someday. very peaceful i think the people are nice also. Beautiful scenery. it's vety clean i can't see any garbage in the video. Just WOW!

  13. Jæja það var gaman að horfa á þetta
    Ef þið skiljið þetta líkið við þetta ummæli
    Edit: we icelanders have 13 santas they are Stekkjastaur 12 desember
    Giljagaur 13 desember
    Stúfur 14 desember
    Pottaskefill 15 desember
    Þvörusleikir 16 desember
    Askasleikir 17 desember
    Hurðaskellir 18 desember
    Skyrgámur 19 desember
    Bjúgnakrækir 20 desember
    Gluggagægir 21desember
    Gáttaþefur 22 desember
    Ketkrókur 23 desember
    Kertasníkir 24 desember
    And then crismas 24 desember


  15. Add as a Gossip Mongering country. .liked to intruse the bussiness and problems of other countries while Them ..they have so many of their own..

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