Cool Facts About Iceland

January 20th, 2010 by Smithsonian Journeys
Iceland's Blue Lagoon contains hot water created by the harnessing of geothermal energy.

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon contains hot water created by the harnessing of geothermal energy.

Iceland was first permanently settled by the Vikings in the 9th century, though Celtic monks and hermits had been living there previously. Click here for more from Smithsonian on the Viking voyage from Europe to North America.

Krisuvik, Grensdalur, and Hveravellir aren’t new lamps from your favorite retailer, they’re volcanoes. Learn more from Smithsonian’s Global Volcanism Program.

Iceland is well on its way to energy independence, with more than 70% of its energy coming from Iceland’s own renewable sources. Most of the country’s energy is geothermal—from the heat generated underground thanks to all those volcanoes. Iceland is also testing a small fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles for the Ford Motor Company.

Thingvellir National Park, located in southwestern Iceland, is the original location of the Iceland’s open-air parliament, first established in 930 A.D. The park also features impressive geological formations, including a rift valley and the largest natural lake in Iceland. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.

Now is a great time to go to Iceland—click here for more information on our 2010 Wonders of Iceland tour.

Ever been to Iceland? Why would you recommend it to a friend?

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4 Responses to “Cool Facts About Iceland”

  1. Iceland Travel News 06/24/2010 | Iceland Travel Guide Says:

    [...] Cool facts about Iceland [...]

  2. maggie Says:

    this needs to have captions like for population have that caption population and tell the population and ect! (:

  3. Hayley Says:

    I think this is ok facts but keep it up because Im doing a progct on Iceland

  4. unknown Says:

    im doing the same as hayley but i think we need some more and better facts than what are on here like population as what maggie said and interesting facts that catch the readers eye

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