Iceland is one of the most beautiful places on the planet – and it’s not quite as far away as you might think. Few places on the planet offer the seer array of beauty from Mother Nature that Iceland does. There are glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, powerful rivers, flocks of all kinds of birds, steaming geysers, whales just off shore, and far more than can be covered in a brief paragraph.

The country was settled long ago – in the 9th century, by Nordic explorers. According to legend, the country’s first permanent resident was the Norwegian Viking Ingolfur Arnarson. According to the tales, he made his home right where Reykjavik is located today. The native tongue of Iceland is still very close to the language of the Vikings that settled it, but most citizens speak at least two languages – if not more.

When it comes to size, Iceland is not all that big. It’s about 1/3rd the size of Ireland at about 103.000 km2 or around 40,000 sq. miles. Its population is a bit over 300,000. Of that 300,000 nearly 2/3rds live in Reykjavik and the surrounding area.

The people of Iceland are particularly warm and sharing about their culture. They love to make visitors feel welcome and enjoy their stay. They people and their hospitality you will meet in Iceland will be as hard to forget as the spectacular natural beauty.

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