7 Frequently Asked Questions About Iceland (Some more frequently than others)

May 29, 2013

I imagine that you have questions about Iceland that you want to ask, but haven’t thought of yet. Fortunately, on the plane ride, I had time to anticipate your future questions.

Q: Scott, how big is Iceland? I saw your map. It looks tiny compared to Greenland. Iceland tourism destinations
A: It’s not the size, it’s how they use it. Greenland is an African sized ice rink. Iceland is the size of Virginia, but there’s a whole lot more going on than in Greenland.

Q: How many people live in Iceland?
A: About 300,000. Of the total, about 200,000 live in the capital of Reykjavik.

Q: Are there any tricks to spelling Reykjavik correctly?
A: If there are, do me a favor and let me know. I think they should nickname it “City R,” kind of like how they call Duke’s basketball coach, “Coach K.”

Q: Is it true that Iceland is located so far north that the sun doesn’t even shine during certain times of the year?
A: Yes, it’s true. During winter, the sun only shines a few hours a day. But in the summer, the sun is out for about 22 hours each day. During my stay, the sun will set around 11:30 PM and rise at around 3:30 AM. (Like it did tonight.)

Q: What’s the weather like right now?
A: It’s about 40-45 degrees at night. About 50-55 degrees during the day.

Q: What makes Iceland so interesting?
A: One of things Iceland is known for is its natural beauty. It’s notable for its geysers, volcanoes, deserts, coastlines, glaciers and rock formations. Just driving around the island is supposed to be incredible.

Q: Scott, how will you have enough space in your suitcase to bring back all of the sea salt?
A: The salt is actually being shipped to me in the States. I don’t want to have to spend time trying to convince US customs that the white stuff in the plastic bags in my suitcase is actually salt. “But officer, you have to trust me, it’s salt! Seriously! If you can just bring me a piece of fish, I’ll show you how well it complements food!”

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