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Misconceptions about Iceland

Posted in Geography, Geology on Tuesday, 31 May 2011

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This edited article about Iceland originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 954 published on 3 May 1980.

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The Great Geyser of Iceland

Many people imagine Iceland to be a dull, chilling, perpetually frozen place – and would point to its name to bear them out. In fact this really means “Island”, but the pronunciation of the “s” has led to the popular misconception.

Actually the winter there is milder than our own, and the country is noted for its hot springs – 700 of them provide water for baths and central heating.

There are glaciers in the island, of course, but they form no icebergs, and the sea round the coast is never frozen. At Reykjavik the mean temperature of the year is 4∞C-12∞C in summer and -2∞C in winter.

Extreme low temperatures, such as are common in certain places in North America, are unheard of in Iceland, and far from being an inhospitable, uniform sheet of ice, large areas are covered by grassy valleys, low hills and marshy grassland.

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