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Planning a trip to Iceland?

Interesting facts and features of this magical travel destination

You may already be familiar with Iceland as a Nordic island nation, defined by its dramatic landscape and volcanoes, geysers and hot springs - did you know that Iceland was one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans?

As with any travel or holiday destination it's recommended that you arrange travel insurance as near as possible to booking your trip, this could cover you in the event of unforeseen cancellations... for now, we'll explore interesting facts and features about Iceland.

Iceland facts

Did you know?

Iceland is a mosquito free zone

Ever been bothered by annoying flying insects when on holiday?

Well there's no need to pack mosquito repellent when visiting Iceland as you'll be pleased to learn that mosquitoes don't exist on the island.

In fact it's not just a lack of mosquitoes, there's very few insects of any kind that'll do much to bother you.

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It is however home to the Arctic Fox, the only mammal native to Iceland.

Volcanic eruptions every few years

The eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull in April 2010 might be familiar to many UK travellers, as although classed as relatively small for volcanic eruptions, it led to 107,000 flights being cancelled across western and northern Europe.

Even though most eruptions cause very little disruption and are magnificent to look at from afar, check that your travel insurance covers you for delays and cancellations caused by volcanic ash.

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The benefit of all this volcanic activity is that nearly all of Iceland's heating and electricity needs are served by hydroelectric power and geothermal water reserves.

Thorsson, son of Thors

Icelanders don't have surnames in the traditional sense. The vast majority of Icelandic surnames simply record the fact that you are your father's (or mother's) son or daughter.

In fact there are strict laws on what names are allowed in Iceland. Helping preserve Icelandic language, which remains relatively unchanged from ancient Norse.

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First names are almost always used when addressing someone, no matter how formal the meeting. Even the phone book lists subscribers by their first name.

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