10 things you didn’t know about Iceland

Take trip to Iceland with our novel Nordic knowledge:

  1. Iceland has a population of 348,580 across 40,000 square miles
  2. It is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite being just outside the Arctic Circle, with temperatures in July reaching up to 13oC
  3. The settlement of Iceland began in 874AD with Norwegian chieftain Ingólfr Arnarson
  4. Iceland ranks first in the world for median wealth per adult and first on the Global Peace Index
  5. Icelandic, a North Germanic language, is descended from Old West Norse
  6. Iceland’s currency is the Icelandic Krona (ISK) – which is worth about £0.006p
  7. Patron saint: Saint Thorlak whose feast day is December 23rd. It is customary to eat cured skate on this day with boiled or mashed potatoes and a shot of Brennivín (unsweetened schnapps)
  8. The Arctic fox is the only indigenous land mammal in Iceland
  9. They drive on the right/wrong side of the road
  10. The interior consists of a plateau with lava fields, mountains, and glaciers – which you can experience by taking part in our Iceland Trek challenge in 2019.
    For more information contact 01444 470726 or challenge@stpjhospice.org


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