10 facts about Iceland
Iceland has a lot of refreshing hot springs. If you visit this country, it is very likely that you will visit at least one of them. In most countries of the world, before diving into the pool, you must take a shower - and Iceland is no exception. However, you must take off your swimsuit before the shower and thoroughly wash yourself naked in a public place - unfortunately, in many of these showers there are no doors to hide you from the outside world.
Many may find it shocking, but in Iceland it is just a matter of hygiene. In the end, it is not too easy to become completely clean in any kind of clothes. Of course, in other public places, nudity is just as illegal as in most countries, so you can’t just undress and go for a walk along the street.
Most Icelanders believe in elves. These elves, as a rule, live in rocky areas, have magical powers and become a source of problems if someone tries to invade their homes - there have been cases when bulldozers have stalled and no longer started in the elf’s intended habitats.And in Iceland, this belief is so important that in this case the builders invite special people who must persuade the elves to leave the house.
Skir dairy product is one of the most popular products in Iceland, it is regularly eaten as a snack. However, despite its popularity in the country, it is almost unknown outside Iceland.
According to many people, skira resembles yogurt, but in reality it is a type of soft cheese. Skir is valued for high protein and low fat content. Although the Internet has recipes for cooking at home, for some reason, the main ingredient in them is ... skir. That is, to cook a skir, you need a skir. Of course, there are substitutes, but the result will be completely different.
Most countries celebrate something similar to Christmas, but each country usually does it a little differently. Iceland is not an exception to this rule: instead of Santa Claus in Iceland there are yolasvėnary. These strange guys have an interesting story - they are descended from trolls, and before that, parents scared them of little naughty children.
However, in the 1700s, a decree was issued prohibiting parents from doing so to children, so the sailors eventually became an integral part of Icelandic Christmas traditions. They have cute names like “turkey out of the skier”, “peeping through the windows” or “licker mugs”, and each of them has an individual character.
During June and July, Icelanders can enjoy beautiful sunshine 24 hours a day. You can come up with thousands of different activities for such a long day, but many Icelanders use them to play plenty of golf. Although the weather can sometimes be cold and rainy, the most active players do not stop - they go to the field.
Those who played golf in Iceland during the midnight sun described their experience as surrealistic and sublime. And although golfers are unlikely to encounter a lot of trees on their way to the field, they have other problems - lava caverns or angry birds, whose nests they accidentally disturbed.
Handball is the national sport in Iceland. When the Icelandic president made a press statement after a recent victory at the Olympics, he explained how important this sport is in his country.Every Icelander knows the names of the players of the national team, and its success is extremely important for everyone.
Handball is not particularly popular in most European countries, but it is usually loved in Scandinavian countries. Handball can be described as a type of football, but instead of legs the players use their hands. In fact, this is an incredibly fast-paced and brutal game, the rules in which are much tougher than in football.
Since 1950, Iceland has often been at enmity with Britain due to the fact that the British are fishing in their waters. In Iceland, the fishing industry is very important and acts as the main source of food. So, perhaps it is not surprising that in 1958 the “cod wars” began, when Iceland decided that it was necessary to increase the exclusion zone around their territories - water areas where other countries are not allowed to fish.
Of course, the British government responded by sending its own fleet to protect the fishermen. People literally shot at each other and rammed boats. In the end, the conflict was resolved through diplomacy, and the British retreated.This scenario was repeated twice more, and in the end, Iceland increased its exclusion zone from 6.5 km to 320 km.
Iceland is full of active volcanoes. While some countries may be afraid to live in the center of the ring of fire, Iceland grabbed nature by the throat and learned to use it to its advantage. Approximately 85% of the energy in Iceland is extracted from renewable resources, more than half of the energy is geothermal.
Before Iceland began to generate electricity through nature, geothermal energy was used to heat water. Now, thanks to this, there are more than 150 public hot water pools in Iceland - the temperature of the water is provided by real volcanic heat.
Iceland is known for being liberal with respect to intimate questions, so it may come as a surprise to foreigners that the government voted to ban strip clubs. But that didn’t stop there: the issue of banning online pornography has recently been considered. Some might think that this is an outdated point of view,but Icelanders find it quite progressive.
Icelanders make such laws not because of the puritanical attitude towards sex, but because of feminism. Approximately half of the posts in the government are now occupied by women, which is probably one of the most feminist countries in the world.
Most of all, Iceland is known, perhaps, thanks to its strange gastronomic predilections.
The dead ends are small charming birds with black and white feathers and small beaks. The people of Iceland traditionally consume them - the raw heart of a dead end is considered a delicacy.
Drinks are no exception. In addition to the fact that Icelanders consume Coca-Cola more than anywhere else in the world, they have their own drink - brannivin. This alcoholic drink is a kind of distilled potato schnapps with the addition of cumin. His taste is really ugly.
Brennivin is often washed down with a traditional Icelandic dish hakarl, which is foul shark meat. Perhaps the reason is that the brennivin may seem tasty only after you eat a piece of an amazing dish.Many Icelanders drink Brennivin only while visiting the country to highlight their Icelandic roots.