31 Weird Facts About Iceland That Will Amaze You
Article by Matt Long - Landlopers, not your ordinary travel site
I’m not the only person who has a bad case of the Iceland bug. It seems that nearly everyone I talk to has either been or wants to desperately visit this small island in the North Atlantic. There’s just something mystical about Iceland, something that grabs a hold of our collective travel souls and refuses to let go. I’ve been a couple of times and am already plotting my return visits; the allure is just too strong. Add to that the fact it’s a short and easy flight from both North America and Europe, and it really is the perfect destination for a quick getaway. In trying to better understand what makes it so special though, I uncovered some strange and weird facts about Iceland that I thought I’d share with everyone. If nothing else, I guarantee it’ll only make you love this fun but slightly odd country that much more.
1. A majority of Icelanders believe in elves.
2. At about 39,000 square miles, Iceland is small – close to the size of Ohio.
3. There is a volcanic eruption every 4 years on average.
4. There are no forests in Iceland.
5. Beer remained illegal in Iceland until 1989.
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What You Need to Know About Icelandic Cuisine
article by Katie Hammel
When most tourists think of Icelandic cuisine, they tend to picture the country’s slightly less appetizing foods. There’s the rotten shark, which Anthony Bourdain claimed was one of the worst things he’d ever eaten, as well as boiled sheep’s head, and Brennivin, a liquor affectionately nicknamed the “black death.” Hungry yet? While these traditional foods make the travel shows, there’s much more to Icelandic Cuisine. Much of it is far less exotic than those listed above, and, even better, most of it’s actually delicious. So put down the rotten shark and try these tasty Icelandic foods instead.
THE KEY TO ICELANDIC CUISINE
Sheep and lamb outnumber humans in Iceland by nearly three to one, which means lamb is found on nearly every menu. Generally free-range and grass-feed, the meat is tender and delicious, whether it’s served as lamp soup, braised lamb, grilled lamb, smoked lamb, or even lamb carpaccio. For a delicious braised lamb in a red wine sauce, head to Laekjarbrekka in the Reykjavik city center.
As an island nation, Iceland has long relied on the sea for sustenance. Cod, haddock, and langoustines (similar to lobsters but smaller, and with sweeter meat) are found at restaurants throughout Iceland. You’ll also find dozens of varieties of fish served grilled, fried, poached, smoked, dried, and made into soup. One delicious preparation for whitefish (usually cod) is plokkfiskur, a traditional recipe that sees boiled fish hashed with potatoes and drenched in a creamy bearnaise sauce.
Try the famed lobster soup from Sea Baron, in Reykjavik’s harbor, or go across the street for fresh fried cod at Icelandic Fish n’ Chips. Try plokkfiskur at Thir Frakker, a Reykjavik restaurant renowned for its seafood, or drive about 30 minutes out of the city to Rauda Husid, for langoustines drenched in garlic and butter. >>Read full story here >>
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