20 Mind-Blowing Facts About Iceland That Will Make You Think It’s From Another World

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18. It straddles two continents

Þingvellir is a national park in the southwest of the country. And it’s full of the remnants of volcanic activity and a great lake. It’s a UNESCO site because it lies on the (very visible) place where two continental plates meet: the North American and the Eurasian. There are only two such places in the world; the other is in Africa.

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17. It has front-row seats for Mother Nature’s most spectacular show

There’s something else about Iceland’s location that makes it special. It is northerly enough to see the northern lights. Furthermore, as it is positioned just south of the Arctic Circle, Icelanders experience the midnight sun during the summer months. In fact, the sun sets a little while later than midnight before rising at 3:00 a.m.

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16. Incest-free dating? There’s an app for that

Um, so, Iceland has a really small population, at just over 300,000. It’s so small, in fact, that the threat of incest is a real concern for some people. For this reason ÍslendingaApp was launched in order to “bump the app before you bump in bed.” It uses a database to reveal how closely you’re related.

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