There are lots of lists doing the rounds at the moment on the subject of, ‘you know you’re from Iceland when…’ this one from the howdoyoulikeiceland.blogspot.com is one of my favourites. If you come across any more, send them to me and I’ll dutifully post them 🙂
CORRECTION ALERT! I have been reliably informed (by an Icelander – thank you Jóhannes) that one of the factoids below is incorrect. The bit about trolls is in fact wrong:
|Trolls don’t live in suspicious looking rocks, it’s elves, or Huldufólk to be more precise. Trolls on the other hand get turned into stone when exposed to sunlight.|
CORRECTION ALERT! I have recently been contacted by Bergþór, who wanted to clarify one of the points highlighted below:
“okay, you pretty summed it all up very nice there. But there where some aspects that I didn’t agree on like… You believe in trolls (when foreigners are in earshot), and think they live in “suspicious looking rocks”.
Here you are mentioning the Hidenfolk, or elfs they live in the rocks… trolls kom from Esja and/or Hekla”.
You’re suspicious of pink fish, and wouldn’t want to eat it out of choice.
But you like eating rotten fish (and sheep’s heads).
Despite the cold, ice cream is a very popular choice of snack.
You consider a Toyota Hi-Lux a “runabout” and an F150 a small car.
There is no such thing as having overly large wheels on your vehicle.
You know that Icelandic jumpers are actually waterproof and wind-proof so may be used in all conditions.
Driving 150km to the cinema is regarded as normal.
You classify route 1 as a “main road”
Reykjavík is a big city.
You like Opal as you’ve been conditioned to like the flavour from an early age with the same brand sweets.
You have an involuntary impulse to say “How do you like Iceland?” when meeting a foreigner for the first time.
You use a credit card for all purchases, especially for less that Kr100.
You have been caught speeding by the police at least 5 times in the last year. When you get caught speeding you get a “25% discount” if you pay on the spot with a credit card.
You have Christmas lights up in your room all year round.
You have an urge to be a student in Denmark.
You eat rhubarb jam with beef.
Soup is considered a dessert.
The biggest parties revolve around horse and sheep festivals.
Whilst waiting for the correct time to go to the bar, you make as many circuits as necessary in your car on a “Rúntur” around the town, stopping at regular intervals at the local petrol station.
Although not particularly interested in whaling or whale meat, you like to take part to wind up the international community.
You have a personal blog, and treat this as the primary communication system with your friends.
Cod liver oil is non-negotiable.
You think any plant taller than 15cm is a “tree” and 5 together are known as a “forest”.
You believe in trolls (when foreigners are in earshot), and think they live in “suspicious looking rocks”.
You can actually pronounce the beer Egilsgull.
You have never heard of Magnus Magnusson, despite him being the most famous Icelander (ok after Björk)
There is no such thing as a time when you can’t say “Haa?”
You like using the letters ð and þ, but get confused by the letter z.
- Iceland Booms As the World Struggles (itmakessenseblog.com)
- Iceland with Kids: around the blogs (alloverthemap.net)
- The Golden Circle – Reykjavík, Iceland (travelpod.com)
- BEST OF THE WEB: Iceland’s Economy Recovers by Going After the Banksters, while Europe’s Malaise Continues and the US Barrels Toward Collapse (sott.net)