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The Land Of Fire and Ice

Home to some of the world’s most active volcanoes and the largest glaciers in Europe, Iceland is one of the youngest landmasses on the planet, and the last country to be settled in Europe. First inhabited by Vikings, isolation and a dramatic extreme environment—waterfalls, geysers, volcanoes, fjords, highlands, mountain, geothermal pools, hot springs, black sand beaches and steaming lava fields—have shaped this magnificent country and its people. With a deep storytelling tradition and an extraordinary literary scene, Icelanders have strong bonds to family, tradition and nature. It’s also the land of the midnight sun. Light and dark. Days in winter with very little sunlight. And long summer days perfect for exploring spectacular landscapes. As one of the most volcanically active areas on earth, Iceland boasts an incredible natural environment and vast resources of geothermal energy, used to heat approximately 90% of housing and more than 170 public swimming pools around the country. Indeed, Iceland puts on quite a natural show.

Fast facts
  • Iceland is home to 329,100 people.
  • Official language is ‎Icelandic.
  • Iceland, an island in the North Atlantic Ocean near the Arctic Circle, is often a stepping-stone between Europe and North America. Its nearest neighbor is Greenland.
  • Summer nights are bright in Iceland. From May to August, Iceland enjoys never-ending sunsets, or midnight sun, when the sun dips into the horizon but never sets! Winter days are short, with only a few hours of daylight.
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