Why Iceland

IT’S A FACT: THERE’S NO PLACE ON EARTH LIKE ICELAND. You’ve probably heard that we have glaciers, volcanoes and a capital named Reykjavik. That is all true. You might have also heard that we live in igloos. That is not a fact (our natural geothermal heating is bad for ice walls, you see). But here are a few other lesser-known yet interesting facts to consider about this unconventional destination for events, incentives and meetings...

Fact: Great things happen when groups visit Iceland. For example, the first humans to set foot on the moon set their feet here first.(And it took less than one orbit to fly hereNot even half an orbit! Flight times to Iceland are approximately 5 hours from New York City and 3 hours from London. !) In the 1960s, Apollo 11 astronauts trained for their fateful mission in the lunar landscapes The Martian-like environment also attracts film makers, like director Ridley Scott who recently filmed part of an alien-themed movie here.of Iceland’s volcanic highlands.

Fact: Only 1% of Iceland is covered by forests, which means those astronauts didn’t have to worry about running into a tree while doing the moonwalk. Besides, trees would just obscure the magnificent views of the colourful mountains, mossy lava fields, vast glaciersIsn’t Iceland all covered in ice? Not exactly. Glaciers and snowfields make up about 13% of the land, mostly in the southern and interior parts.. and hot springsOf the 800 hot springs found here, one of the most famous is Geysir, from which the English word ‘geyser’ is derived..

Fact: You too can experience this moonlike place for yourself, without donning a special survival suit. In fact, the average temperature Despite the chilly name, temperatures in Iceland rarely drop below freezing, so you won’t find much snow or ice as you’d think. And summer temperatures tend to be a pleasant 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 60°F).in January is 1°C (34 F), so a simple jacket and hat should do the trick. And don’t forget to bring your swimsuit—nearly every town here has a heated swimming pool. There are over 120 pools around the country, most of which are outdoors and open year-round thanks to the geothermal heating from those seething hot springs.

Fact: Pools are also a great way to meet the locals, as bathing is something of a national obsession (makes sense for people descended from seafaring Vikings) The name ‘Iceland’ actually comes from a Norwegian Viking called Flóki, who was not at all happy about losing all of his livestock in his first winter on the island over 1000 years ago.. Don’t be shy! Most of us speak English Danish and English are a compulsory subjects in primary schools, but a lot of us speak 3rd or 4th languages as well, like German, French, Spanish, Norwegian or addition to Icelandic, our native tongue that has remained virtually unchanged for over 1,000 years.

Fact: The geographic isolation that led to the preservation of our language also turned us into a nation of book wormsReykjavik was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature in 2011 for its outstanding literary heritage. Iceland’s literacy rate stands at over 99%, among the highest in the world. — we hold the world record for number of books published per capita. Iceland holds many other world recordsIceland has the world’s oldest democracy and elected the first female head of state in 1980. We also drink the most Coca-Cola per capita., which is quite impressive considering there are just 320,000 of us!

Fact: You’ll have plenty of elbow room here. Over 60% of Iceland’s inhabitants live in the Reykjavik area, so you’re likely to encounter more sheep and horses Our sheep and horses have been purebred since the settlement era, and sheep outnumber humans 3 to 1.than humans in the countryside. In fact, Iceland is the least densely populatedThis may be changing soon as we also have the highest birth-rate of Europe. country of Europe, with just 3 people per square kilometre.

Fact: What we lack in people, we make up for in technology. Iceland has the world’s greatest percentage of internet users Over 97% of the population are internet users, and Wi-Fi is readily available in cafes, hotels and tourist information centres around the country. , highest rate of mobile phone use and most Facebook users per capita. Not bad for a country that was one of the last places on earth to be inhabited About 4/5 of the island is still uninhabitable! But don't worry, we have skilled tour guides that can take you for a visit to these fascinating no-man's lands. by humans!

Fact: Geologically speaking, Iceland is one of the world’s youngest countriesMaybe that explains our late start in civilization. Iceland was first settled by the Norse around the year 874 AD.. Sure, our adolescent terrain throws the occasional tantrum (in the form of a volcanic eruptionWe apologize for our volcanoes’ tongue-twisting names! They are much nicer to look at than pronounce: why not let us arrange a customized volcano tour for your group? ) but we’ve learned to love these growing pains: over 87% of our buildings and pools are heated by low-cost geothermal energy.