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The magic of Iceland… where every fairy tale becomes a reality and every place, a true legend. Each country on this planet has its interesting stories and landmarks. So has this wonderful cold gateway to the center of the world – it’s like a Kinder surprise: every corner is joyful, special, out of the common. Nature is acting dynamically, reshaping and coloring the skies for endless beauty.

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01. The oldest geyser in the world, the erupting Geysir in Haukadalur valley.

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02. The largest and most powerfull waterfall in Europe – Dettifoss, different every season… but still marvelous.

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03. Home for mysteriously enchanting elements of supernatural – the crazy Elves who live in rock formations. The belief in huldufуlk is still alive.

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Hidden people “are just the same size and look exactly like human beings, the only difference is that they are invisible to most of us. Elves, on the other hand, aren’t entirely human, they’re humanoid, starting at around eight centimeters.

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04. Unique and strange architecture, Icelandic turf roof houses, a tradition since viking times and a result of  the difficult climate – small, curious  interconnected buildings with earth sheltering.

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05. Sparkling skies that come to life – Aurora Borealis, named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas. (The Valkyrior are warlike virgins, mounted upon horses and armed with helmets and spears. /…/ When they ride forth on their errand, their armour sheds a strange flickering light, which flashes up over the northern skies, making what men call the “aurora borealis”, or “Northern Lights”. – Bulfinch’s Mythology by Thomas Bulfinch, 1855)

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06. Lovely fauna – Santa’s reindeers, winter dressed horses, cute, lovable muffin puffin? All here. image

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07. Blue Lagoon – An astonishing place with steamy waters, mineral-rich air, clean blue and pale sun, like in a fantasy movie… Energy of life through forces of nature…

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08. A surprising show of nature – Volcanoes go to Iceland for the fireworks and sometimes for fluffy coats.

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09. The Phallological Museum – one weird museum… and the only one of its kind in the whole world.

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10. Hvitserkur, a looming, 50-foot-tall piece of former volcano. Icelandic legend says it was once a nocturnal troll who got turned to stone by the rising sun.

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11. The church that can touch the sky - Hallgrнmskirkja, inspired by the basalt formations found throughout Iceland.

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12. A viking festival - During the 2-week Viking Festival each June when Viking heritage and history is celebrated, Icelanders and international visitors get a little (good-naturedly) lawless, a little drunk, and very excited.

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13. YES, the 13 Santa Clauses or the Yule Lads (Jolasveinarnir), important figures from Icelandic folklore considered to be Icelandic version of the modern Santa Claus.

http://www.slideshare.net/Furugrund/13-icelandic-jlasveinar-santa-clauses-in-iceland-presentation

14. Bjork and her strange appearances – A unique voice on eclectic rhythms acclaimed to have distinctive qualities, popular within many musical genres, such as rock, jazz, electronic dance music, classical and folk.

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15. Amazing ice formations and a lot of snow to make snowmen…

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Fun facts about Iceland

A. Reykjavнk is translated as “Smoke-bay”’.

B. The days of the week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are named after the Norse Gods: Tyr, Odin, Thor and Frey.

C. Iceland has twice as many sheep as people.

D. Iceland has 24 hours of sunlight during summer.

E. They have made it to The Guinness Book of Records for drinking Coke.

F. Their surnames consist of their fathers first name and then “son” or daughter”.

G. Icelanders believe in elves and dwarves (in a sort of myth-way)…

H. Most of the people graduate from High school at the age of 20?

 

So… If you decide to go, don’t forget…

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http://www.weirdomatic.com/the-land-of-the-elves.html




 









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