The Big Picture
Located in the North-Atlantic ocean close by the Arctic Circle, Iceland is very much a bridge between continents. It takes approximately five hours to fly from New York to Reykjavík, and three hours from London. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, with refreshing summers and surprisingly mild temperatures in winter. Icelandic culture has been shaped by isolation and the extreme forces of nature. These conditions have created a resilient people, where family ties are close, the sense of tradition is strong, and the bond with nature is tight. Here you can learn about our unique little island.
Iceland, the Quick facts
|Country Size 103,000 sq.km||Population (2015) 329.100|
|Capital Reykjavík||Median age 35.6|
|Currency Icelandic Króna (ISK)||GDP 2014 (MISK) 1.993.336|
Reykjavik Arts FestivalReykjavik Arts Festival is an annual multidisciplinary festival with a special focus on new commissions and the creative intersection of the arts. For two weeks every year it presents, to the widest possible audience, exhibitions and performances of contemporary and classical works in major cultural venues and unconventional spaces throughout the city.
HarpaHarpa is a state of the art Concert Hall and Conference Center, located by the Reykjavík harbour. The glass facade that gives it its special impression was designed by artist Ólafur Elíasson to evoke the idea of a glacier in the interplay of light.
The Icelandic HorseThe Icelandic horse is a special breed of horses that has evolved in isolation in Iceland from a now-extinct breed of Scandinavian work horses that came to Iceland with the first settlers in the ninth century. It has gained popularity around the world for its gentle disposition and friendly manner.
The Culture HouseThe Culture House is a venue for Icelandic national heritage in a nutshell. The operations mainly entail diverse exhibitions. Contracts are made with relevant institutions regarding short or long term exhibitions.