Iceland: One of UEFA Euro 2016’s biggest surprise packages and why we should love them.

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Iceland, is actually an island but it isn’t full of ice. it has some pastures, a lot of volcanoes and yes, it is in the northern latitudes of the northern hemisphere. A large part of its electricity comes from geothermal sources such as hot water springs. and yes, they are a tourist attraction.

Apart from them, you’ll have more than just 10 reasons to fall in love with Iceland :).

Ion luxury adventure hotel 🙂

 

Landmannalaugar Mountains

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Kinda resembles game of thrones, right?

The Golden Circle

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The Golden Circle

Silfra Diving

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Silfra Diving

The Blue Lagoon

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The geothermal pool I was talking about. That’s right, the hot water spring that is one of Iceland’s greatest tourist attractions

Well, you’re seeing attractions. there’s plenty more to why we should love Iceland

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Volcanoes: Pretty important to Iceland’s existence.

Iceland’s situated where two tectonic plates meet in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The nation has a whopping 30 active volcanic systems, making it a haven for scientists and tourists alike who can’t get enough of one of nature’s most chaotic yet paradoxically creative geological feature.

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Jon Snow of the Game of Thrones. I’m sorry, I haven’t seen a single episode of this show, yet I’m following some of its facebook posts :D.

Whoever watches the biggest TV series on the planet will have seen the gorgeous vistas that cover Iceland. The show’s an American production and is filming in various location across the globe, but many of its most iconic backdrops were shot in Iceland.

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Oh Bjork, we all love you to bits and pieces.

She, is the most famous music artist ever to have emerged from Iceland. Bjork’s style is impossible to pigeonhole and always experimental. Her most famous song is probably ’90s hit ‘Oh So Quiet’, though she’s got a lengthy discography having had a career spanning 30 years. and that’s why we love her :D.

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The Northern Lights. and as Kid Rock once said “The Northern Lights and the Southern Comforts, Best gift Man can ever have.”

Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights are considered a holy grail for many people’s bucket lists, and Iceland has become a European tourist haven for hunting down the beautiful geomagnetic phenomenon.

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Holy Shit! Hafthor Júlíus Björnsson aka The Mountain from Game of Thrones. A winner of the World’s Strongest Man, forget the biceps he’s a man mountain and a real life Thor!

Icelandic men dominated the ‘strongman’ competition in the ’80s and ’90s, winning eight titles over a 12-year period. Their most recent export with bulging biceps is Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson, better known as The Mountain in Game of Thrones – who has finished in the top three of the World’s Strongest Man competition for four years in a row.

Still, Cristiano Ronaldo should watch out for him!

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SIGUR RÓS

The post-rock band, named after the frontman’s sister, make ridiculously beautiful music and have been around for 22 years. If you haven’t heard of Sigur Rós before now, type euphoric single ‘Hoppipolla’ into your search engine of choice and get wowed big time!

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Renewable Energy, in the form of Hotsprings.

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Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir, Miss Iceland and Miss World 2005.

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Protest in Reykjavik, 2010. when the Icelandic economy fell into recession, the nation took to the streets to ensure safety of its economy.

Best way to deal with rotten bankers, jail em’ and use their assets to finance deficits instead of folding.

When Iceland’s economy collapsed in 2008, it didn’t shrivel up and fold, despite facing financial ruin. Instead it jailed the bankers, focused its efforts on tourism to bring the economy back from the brink and now it’s one of the best places to live in the world.

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