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    What Do You Think About Iceland?

    I have noticed a lot of people on this forum seem to be very misguided in their views on my nation, and have a lot of misconceptionos, so I am curious to know how you see it.

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    I don't know much about it so cannot express much of a view. From I have seen / know I like it. It's sad to see how the Internationalist Banking mafia ruined Iceland's economy, let's hope things there will improve soon.

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    When I hear Iceland I think... Very cold weather, very rugged terrain, ice everywhere and volcanoes.

    Icelanders (my stereotypes)- The guys are really strong and spend all their time working out (inside a heated building). The old people spend all their time doing water aerobics (inside a heated pool). Girls are always at home and never leave their houses because it's too cold. The people are really friendly. And that pretty much all Icelanders have -dottir at the end of their names (I had a few in my high school).

    I've always wanted to go there to see the beautiful land.

    If you're wondering why I think this, I've only seen Iceland two times, once on Anthony Bourdain and once on Top Gear.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2CYs7wDEVA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DKyhKN8aeY

    That's all I know.

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    Could you tell us what you think these misconceptions are, Thulean? Cheers!

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    Iceland... hmmm, waterfalls, a lot of wilderness... fairies, I've heard you have there one of the largest communities of fairies (but some of you are saying you don't believe in them, some are saying that they exist; I personally believe in fairies, elves, etc, so I'd like to feel their presence, some time, if I'll ever visit Iceland )... geysers and a lot of heat coming from the ground (and so you used it, and you're one of the greenest countries of the world, in what concerns energy)... Northern Lights, from time to time... the Blue Lagoon... Icelandic horses... nice glaciers and waterfalls... and, of course, volcanoes...

    For a while I thought I was going to Iceland, instead of Norway, and so I did a little research on Iceland.

    Very few people living there, mostly in the capital city and around it. Actually the whole population of Iceland is about the same with the population of my native city.

    Quite desolating, I guess, as there aren't too many forests (just very few), and the surface looks quite plain, in many areas...

    And... even if it's called "Iceland", it isn't so much ice there, actually. At least I've heard so. I've heard it can be much warmer than most people may think of it. And if we think of the plenty of heat, coming from Nature itself, I suppose at least the city area is pretty well heated.

    One of the first images coming through my mind when I hear "Iceland" is people enjoying theirselves in the Blue Lagoon. And then the waterfall of the gods, Goðafoss, which I want to see one day... and the fairies, again.

    Enough said. Isn't it interesting to hear other's opinions on your own country?
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    When I think of Iceland I think of a wild, untamed land with geysers, desolate inner regions formed by lava and a rugged coast, somewhat more temper in climate. It's windy and there aren't any larger forests due to the climate, but there are a lot of green pastures and snow white glaciers. It was settled by Norsemen and Celts and posseses a cultural and ethnic peculiarity worth preserving. I also think of the Sagas and the travels of Eric the Red.
    Today Iceland has financial problems and I dearly hope the Icelandic men and women can cope with it.
    I could go on with this many more lines but I think that's enough for a short impression of my view on Iceland.

    And I also think of the fact that you eat rotten shark meat called Hákarl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juthunge View Post
    And I also think of the fact that you eat rotten shark meat called Hákarl.
    Oh, how could I forget that?


    Source: http://humon.deviantart.com/art/Nordics-like-Fish-148433789

    Die Farben duften frisch und grün... Lieblich haucht der Wind um mich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thulean View Post
    I have noticed a lot of people on this forum seem to be very misguided in their views on my nation, and have a lot of misconceptionos,
    You mean to say that Iceland isnt full of white haired people eating rendered down whale fat.....?....or that Rejkyavic harbour isnt full of longboats ready to go to war.....?

    Damn......

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    I've been to Iceland, just for a day. I remember the air was so pure and fresh I've never enjoyed breathing so much. Reykjavik is a charming town. I also remember there was a lagoon that I had the choice to go in, but for some reason I chose not to. Wish I had, though. There was a lot of American servicemen around. I was only about 14 or younger, so I didn't know anything about physical anthropology at the time. I suppose one misconception you might be referring to is Bjork's appearance and how common people who look like her are. I don't remember anyone looking like her, but I'm not sure I looked too closely.

    Oh, and I remember really long roads with no stops. I've never needed to pee as much as I did on that trip. I remember my bladder was bursting, and the tour guide announced it was going to be three hours, plus possible delays due to ice on the road, before our next stop. So I had my cousin finish his bottle of pepsi, and VERY discretely I... Thankfully, the tour guide didn't point out anything interesting to the right of the coach during that long minute.

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    My halfsister has a Icelandic father, and my mother have visited the saga island a couple of times. I remember my mom singing Icelandic lullabyes to me when I was a kid.

    In the past, Norway and Iceland had a very strong connection. I think it's very sad we dont have that strong bond any longer, but I know many Norwegians and Icelanders have much respect for each other.

    Our government has done way too little to help Iceland through their economic problems, I am really ashamed of the politicians.

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