General information about Iceland
If you are planing to travel to Iceland and visit this unique little island in the middle of the North Atlantic ocean you may want to brush up on some general information about Iceland. There are plenty of facts about Iceland that may surprise and amuse you, like the fact that Iceland sits on the continental split between Europe and North America or the fact that many of the animals in Iceland have unique traits due to the millenia long isolation on this frigid island. On Randburg you will find anything and everything you need to know about Iceland, from the arts, culture and history of Iceland to it's wild nature, unique geology and weather to Icelandic volcanoes, the icelandic highlands, glaciers, rivers and oceans. You will even find fun facts about the Icelandic people themselves, the decendents of vikings who still speak the wierd but wonderful Icelandic language.
Because the coastline is so varied and sometimes the beaches lie close to towns and villages while in other places these are gems you may happen uppoin while driving on the road in Iceland.
Most of the beaches in Iceland are madr from black sand, making for amazing sights and striking contrasts to the blue sky and green grass around them.
If you are looking for an activity for your Holiday in Iceland why not share the beautiful sites and open spaces on the ride of a lifetime as a dog sled team guides you in a great adventure.
Iceland has despite this seen genuine economic prosperity and the standard of living is quite high. In 2011, gross domestic product was US$12.3bn, or $38,000 per capita, based on purchasing power parity (PPP) estimates.
Christmas night on December 24th is the main night of the Icelandic Christmas celebration. That is the time people get together and share a Christmas meal, then they open presents.
The magic of New Year’s Eve in Iceland is of course legendary. The Northern lights light up almost every night during winter and people admire them all around Iceland but this is probably the only night during the dark months of winter in Iceland when people really don’t care if the lights are due to make and appearance or not.
Fish Spa Iceland
In 2012 we discovered the Garra rufa and then the Fish Pedicure. Given the potential and benefits of this practice, we decided to use our expertise to start the first Fish Spa in Iceland. We are able to offer this innovative treatment in an environment always sterile and free of any harmful bacterial form. To do this, we have equipment which sterilizes the water continuously, always keeping the environment perfectly healthy.
The Garra rufa are small freshwater fish , very popular and loved all over the world for their delicate micromassages, which make the skin incredibly soft and smooth, in addition to being highly effective anti-stress treatments.
Icelandic may, at first glance, look very formidable to an outsider. The Icelandic language has strange characters such as "Æ" or "þ" and "ð" in addition to the many accented vowels which can leave a native English speaker at a loss. However, once some of the basic rules have been cleared up, pronunciation is fairly straightforward.
In Iceland a special elf related festival is held on the twelfth night of Christmas or the night of January 6th. This is when legends say the Queen of the elves traditionally rides through the countryside and it is particularly perilous to be out alone on this night.
At 230 km (143 mi), it flows out through narrow gorges in the highlands of Iceland. Before it enters the lowlands, it meets the Tungnaa River before passing the valley of Thjorsardalur.
The Nordura River or the ‘Northern river’ runs through the Borgarfjordur region in the central west of Iceland. The region is home to some of the most stunning scenery in Iceland with everything from flat grassy fields to high mountains which make for some excellent day hikes. It has many beautiful waterfalls, valleys, inactive volcanoes, volcanic fields, forests and lakes. These hidden pearls of Borgarfjordur are easily accessible from the main road the Ring road or highway nr 1 which runs right through it and there are easy to follow signs to help guide you along.
The Icelandic constitution is very similar to the Danish constitution and some articles have even been copied and translated over to Icelandic.
Flying with dogs can be even more difficult. Bringing your dog to Iceland is be quite complicated and can take an immense amount of planning and preparation work. Requirements for taking your dog to Iceland can be quite strict and include several forms, an import application fee, and four weeks of quarantine. No exceptions are made and this should not be done on a whim. Also, completion of these various vaccinations and forms can take several months, so if you want to take your dog to Iceland, plan early.
Large parts of Iceland and the oceans around it have remained relatively untouched science the Viking age settlement. The environment is harsh and unforgiving and the struggle to survive is quite hard but there are not many natural predators in Iceland, the largest being the Arctic Fox. This has created the perfect environment for birdlife to thrive in.