Velkomnir - Hello in Icelandic
Velkomnir is a common greeting in Icelandic. We present to you some interesting information about Iceland.
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Icelandic is a North Germanic language spoken by about 314,000 people, the vast majority of whom live in Iceland where it is the national language.
Let us share some awesome facts about the Icelandic language and Iceland,
When Icelanders need a new word, they consult the Icelandic Language Institute, a branch of the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies. Instead of adopting foreign terms to explain new ideas, they create a new Icelandic word. This form of linguistic purism protects the language from change.
Icelanders celebrate Icelandic Language Day on November 16. This coincides with the birthday of Jónas Hallgrímsson, one of Iceland’s most beloved authors. Hallgrímsson started a magazine and wrote poems to support Icelandic independence in the 19th century. On Icelandic Language Day, an individual who made significant contributions to the language wins the Jónas Hallgrímsson Award.
Instead of using a family name, Icelanders traditionally used their mother’s or father’s first name as a surname. To create the surname, females add -dóttir (daughter) and males add -son (“son”) to the name.
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The national sport is Handball. It’s played indoors on a basketball court, but the nets are more like the size of hockey nets and the ball is small enough to be held in the palm of your hand.
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The tölt and the flying pace are unique gaits to Icelandic horses. It makes the Icelandic horses different from all other horse breeds.
Fishing is the largest export of Iceland. Thus, the main industry is fishing and fish processing.
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Icelanders coat all of their food in sauce, especially gravy, bearnaise sauce, and various dipping condiments. There is a unique sauce for everything. Icelandic cuisine is all about the ingredients that locals have around them. If you visit Iceland, you will encounter new flavors and ancient dishes. Some top of their authentic food list is Skyr, the Icelandic yoghurt; Kjötsúpa, a delicious Icelandic lamb soup; Harðfiskur (dried fish), Plokkfiskur (mashed fish stew), Mussel Stews and Langoustines (Norway lobster), Rye bread, Reykjavik’s hot dog and of course Ice Cream.
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Iceland is an island of fire and ice and one of the top travel destinations in the world. Here is the list of places which you can explore in Iceland: Blue Lagoon, Strokkur Geysir, Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve, Myrdalsjökull Glacier Park, Skaftafell Ice Cave, Dettifoss Waterfall, Kirkjufell Mountain, Hallgrímskirkja, Gullfoss Waterfall, Lake Myvatn & Nature Reserve, Glacial Lagoon.
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In Iceland, festive spirit prevails around the year, even they celebrate weekly events too. We have made a list of happening festivals that you can take part on Iceland Airwaves, Secret Solstice Music Festival, Menningarnótt, Reykjavík's Art Festival, Food and Fun Festival, and Sónar Reykjavík.
Hope you like it, if you know any other fascinating facts about Iceland, let us all know!
@agentcarter Thanks for the trip down memory lane.