Horray! Iceland has gone through to the Euro 2016 quarter finals. Football was introduced to the Icelandics by British shipmates in the late 19th Century. Now that they've defeated England for the first time ever, we're excited to see how far they'll go! Putting Iceland on the map, let's explore this magical arctic country together.
1. Iceland is not icy, it's actually green!
With a bit of play on words, Iceland is definitely not to be mistaken as being an icy country although it is located just south of the Arctic Circle. In terms of size, Iceland is 103,001km² s and is surrounded by dramatic volcanos, geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and back-sand beaches. It has have four distinct seasons which offer boundless adventure opportunites when you are travelling.
- Winter: October to April, the coolest in January.
- Spring: April and May, green glass and flowers sprouting throughout the season and this time is the best time for whale watching.
- Summer: June to August, this season is delightfully warm plus the added bouns of the magnificent Midnight Sun gives you 24 hours of daylight.
- Autumn: September and October, the begining of the Northern Lights, art and music festival season including Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavik!
2. The Excitement of Midnight Golf
Due to Iceland's northerly location, it experiences 24 hours of sunlight every day over the summer months. The golfers are able to go out and play golf whenever they feel during the day or night. Midnight golf is an incredible expereince and somehow the golf courses, its landscape and the atmosphere is completely different when you play at night!
3. The Smallest Country Ever To Quality For The Euro
The population of Iceland is around 330,000, similar to the size of Leicestershire in England. Fisheries still play a large part in the country's economy yet its traditional main courses are hangikjöt (smoked lamb), hamborgarhryggur (salted pork rib). Nowadays, Icelandics are eating more healthy dishes and create various beautifuly plated fish dishes. It's incredibly easy to spot a fish company, restaurant or market in Reykjavik - they are everywhere!
Hotel Rangá is one of Iceland's leading gourment destinations. Their concept of a "Farmers Market" is inspiring and relates to your exploration of the country. The chef predominantly use local ingredients of the highest quality and freshness ingredients to make modern Icelandic and Nordic cuisine.
4. The Most Unique Dive And Snorkel In A Crack Between The American and Eurasian continents
It's been proven that these two continents are drifting apart at about 2cm each year. If you're a fan of diving or snorkeling, the Silfra Tectonic Fissure within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, National Park Thingvellir, is definitely worth going to for its cultural and historical significance as well as natural and geological uniqueness. The Sifra fissure consists of four sections: Silfra Big Crack, Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral, and Silfra Lagoon and you're able to see all sections in a one day tour. The average depth of the dive is between 7 and 12 meters, which is suitable for all level of divers!