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Destination Iceland
- Lydhveldidh Island -

Conventional long form: Republic of Iceland conventional short form: Iceland local short form: Island local long form: Lydhveldidh Island

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For a quick brief check The CIA Factbook

Settled by Norwegian and Celtic (Scottish and Irish) immigrants during the late 9th and 10th centuries A.D., Iceland boasts the world's oldest functioning legislative assembly, the Althing, established in 930. Independent for over 300 years, Iceland was subsequently ruled by Norway and Denmark. Fallout from the Askja volcano of 1875 devastated the Icelandic economy and caused widespread famine. Over the next quarter century, 20% of the island's population emigrated, mostly to Canada and the US. Limited home rule from Denmark was granted in 1874 and complete independence attained in 1944. Literacy, longevity, income, and social cohesion are first-rate by world standards.


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Coast line: 4,988 km


Reykjavik - Keflavik


total: 103,000 sq km
land: 100,250 sq km
water: 2,750 sq km

280,798 (July 2003 est.)

Icelandic, English, Nordic languages, German widely spoken

temperate; moderated by North Atlantic Current; mild, windy winters; damp, cool summers

Our tip:

Visit the national parks to truely experience Iceland

There are now four National Parks around the country, each with its own particular points of interest.

Thingvellir, “Symbol of the Icelandic Consciousness”, is in a rift valley between the American and European geological plates and Lake Thingvellir contains species of fish found nowhere else.

Snaefellsjökull National Park is at the foot of a volcano and glacier, and is steeped in mystery and romance; it is the only Park that reaches from the seashore to the mountaintops.

Jökulsárgljúfur National Park has been formed by the torrents gushing down from the Vatnajökull glacier and it contains Dettifoss, the largest waterfall in Europe.

Skaftafell National Park is in an area also affected by catastrophic floods (Jökulhlaup) from the Vatnajökull glacier, but here visitors find a green oasis among barren sands spewed out from beneath the ice.

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