Iceland Platinum Circle

 Things I learned in Iceland :

 

  1.  Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in the world with only 332,000 residents  and over 40,000 mi.²
  2.  Even though its name implies the whole island is covered in ice, the Gulfstream actually provides a temperate climate.  The climate in  Iceland is much like the climate on the Alaskan peninsula even though Alaska is much closer to the equator.
  3. The country runs almost entirely on renewable energy.
  4. The United Nations lists Iceland as the 13th most developed country in the world.
  5.  Thank goodness for tourism to help recover Iceland after it’s 2008 financial problems.
  6.  Iceland is actually below the Arctic Circle.
  7.  Every time you turn a corner in Iceland you either see a volcano,  a waterfall, a river, a lake, or icebergs.
  8.  The Golden Circle is not the circle we drove around the entire island, but instead a much smaller circle quite close to the city of Reykjavík.
  9.  If you do happen to drive all the way to the eastern side of Iceland, there is a wonderful spot to see puffin as shown in my photos.
  10.  I had to look this up, but the really long name of the volcano that  erupted in 2010 and disrupted flights all over Europe is… Eyjafjallajökull.
  11.  The warmest temperature ever recorded is 86.9°F in the coolest is -36.4°F.   Don’t bother packing a bathing suit unless you plan on bathing in hot springs.