Iceland is the world’s 18th largest island, created directly by the volcanic activity along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in the North Atlantic Ocean abutting the Arctic Ocean to the north and settled between Greenland and the United Kingdom. It is the only portion of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Earth’s longest mountain range, that rises above sea level. It is one of Earth’s northernmost inhabited places.
Iceland is a very young island in geologic terms. Viking explorers began to settle in Iceland in 874 C.E. mainly to seek out new land to farm. Europe’s least densely populated country, it accounts for .004% of the world’s population occupying 103,125 km2 (39,816.7 mi2) of land surface.
Iceland is popularly known as the land of fire and ice because of the astonishing engagement between its ice and glaciers and its volcanic activity. Despite its very frigid name, the country is more temperate than polar because of the warming effects of the Gulf Stream ocean current which originates in the Gulf of Mexico and brings warm water (and warmer weather) into the North Atlantic. Because of this contact between the warm Gulf Stream effects and the Arctic climate, Iceland weather can be quite explosive. One could experience four distinct seasons in one day!
Iceland is a truly wondrous geologic escapade where the native population is among the friendliest in the world. It is where the sun barely sets from May to July and barely shows itself from November to January, yet it is one of the safest places to live on the planet. Although Iceland’s native population is only just over 345,000 people, you will never feel alone because of its over two million visitors each year!
Welcome to this beginning of Iceland’s cultural hub on Ecology Prime™, the country of The Midnight Sun! This is Iceland….