At a Glance:
Atlantic, 180 miles East of Greenland and
600 miles West of Norway.
Size: 39,750 sq miles
Language: Icelandic, a
virtually pure derivative of Old Norse.
republic governed by a parliament,
supreme court, and prime minister.
Country Code: 354
Religions: 91% Lutheran
Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and
south-westerly winds, which give it an
average winter temperature of 31F (.5C)
and a summer temperature of 52F (11C).
Chief Industries: Fishing,
cosmopolitan little capital is site of
some of Europes best night
THE BLUE LAGOON
Is it blue like the sky?
Like the new M&Ms? You
It is the one, the only,
and the original geyser after which all
other geysers are named.
waterfall is one of Icelands great
treasures, the mystical embodiment of the
If you think its
cold here, think again. Icelands
northern capital is the place where
Reykjavikers head for some sun.
Just over a thousand
years ago, the worlds first
parliament was held in this extraordinary
natural amphitheater which sits
smack in the middle of the Mid-Atlantic
There are Sagas hidden in
the landscape of the Snaefellsness
Peninsula and, according to Jules Verne,
the gateway to the center of the
Lake Myvatn, in North
Iceland, is surrounded by a landscape so
otherworldly that Apollo astronauts came
here to learn how to moonwalk.
The worlds youngest
archipelago, often called "the
Galapagos of the North," is an