20 weird & wonderful facts about Iceland

There is just something so mystical about Iceland, an unspoken force that grabs a hold of your travel soul and refuses to let go. The allure is just so strong. It is a country with unique personality that I am yet to come across in other parts of the world.

Here are a few weird facts about this North Atlantic Island.

  1. 80% of the land is uninhibited with a population of 300 000 people.

  2. There are no mosquitos.

  3. Beer was only legalized in 1989.

4. The Icelandic language remains unchanged over the last 1000 years. A bible found in the

Skogar folk museum from the early 1500s can still be read.

5. The whole country is the size of the American state of Ohio.

6. Iceland has the longest working week in Europe – 43,5 hours per week.

7. There are no surnames or family names in Iceland. Their last names are made up of their

father’s or mother’s first name with an addition of –dottir (daughter) or – son. This is still

part of the Nordic naming system.

8. Iceland is home to Europes first Parliament.

9. It has no strip clubs following a ban in 2010.

10. Iceland had the first democratically elected female and openly gay Prime Minister.

11. It is the last place on earth to be settled by humans.

12. First names not previously used in Iceland must be approved by the Icelandic Naming


13. It is illegal to own a pet snake, lizard or turtle.

14. 10% of Icelands population would have published a book in its lifetime. Who wouldn’t feel

inspired in the land of fire and ice?

15. Looking through a telephone directory you will notice that Icelanders first names are

categorized alphabetically.

16. Raw puffin heart is considered a delicacy.

17. You can walk between two continents at Thingvelir National Park.

18. Iceland is amongst the safest countries of the world with a very low crime rate.

19. You can go hiking during the midnight sun with 24 hours of daylight.

20. Icelandic horses are direct descendants from the horses brought in by early Viking