We all know that Iceland is the safest country in the world. And some of us might think that people who live there have boring lives but that’s so far from the truth. The locals find ways to surprise the rest of the world with strange, yet fascinating, activities and ideas.
Icelanders are known as direct descendants of people who changed entire Europe and sailed to North America five centuries before the rest of the world found out that Earth was not flat. So we can bet that they know how to live fascinating lives, full of activities and interesting ideas.
They slow down traffic with optical illusions.
Iceland is all about ingenious solutions. A 3D crosswalk was painted there and its visual effect is stunning! Drivers slow down thinking something is obstructing the road and pedestrians get the feeling of hovering above the ground.
They bathe outdoors even in the winter.
There are many geothermal areas in Iceland and swimming in a steaming river or a pool can be just as nice as taking a hot bath. In fact, it’s much more enjoyable in the winter when you get an opportunity to see the northern lights and the stars. And you don’t have to worry, because this doesn’t lead to hypothermia.
They believe in elves.
Yes, they believe in Elves, and not only elves but also trolls, gnomes, and other hidden creatures. When a rainbow appears in the sky, you can hear an Icelander say that the elves turned it on. Even a former member of Parliament assured that a family of elves had saved his life in a car accident!
They make hay look like marshmallows.
Look at these gigantic marshmallows scattered across the fields of Iceland. Also, you can find them in different colors: white, pink, green, and even black.
They leave babies for a nap outside even in the winter.
This might seem totally terrifying for every mother around the globe, but not for Icelandic parents. They believe that sleeping in the fresh air is better for a baby’s health. This is why one can notice a lot of baby carriages left outside cafés or shops even in the wintertime. And a parent is always nearby, probably watching the baby sleep through a café window.
They have the friendliest policemen and policewomen.
Iceland’s police are the most famous Instagram bloggers. They post everything on their Instagram account: from silly selfies to pictures of them feeding ducks or holding kittens. Maybe that’s why Iceland is the safest country in the world because the police officers there have a great sense of humor.
They deliver letters even with no address or name given.
In Iceland, you could send a letter with a hand-drawn map on it and it would probably reach its destination. And the letter in the picture above was successfully delivered to the farmers even though it contained only a hand-drawn picture roughly showing the location and a brief description of the family.
They check a special app before dating someone.
In a country that is home to less than 330,000 people, it’s so easy to be related to someone you don’t even know. It could turn into a real problem if you come to a family dinner and find your date from last night sitting at the table. So they invented a special app that shows if a potential date is a long-lost relative.
The slogan of the app is really creative too: “Bump the app before you bump in bed.”
They turn on creativity to save the planet.
An Icelandic student, Ari Jónsson, invented a biodegradable water bottle that contains red algae powder. Such bottles remain in their shape as long as they have water inside, but they begin to decompose as soon as they’re empty. The inventor assures that the water from such a bottle is made of 100% natural materials and is completely safe to drink.
They created a reality TV show about…cats.
The creator of the show says people are tired of the bad news and annoying TV shows and watching the cats makes them calmer and happier. Why not? Tuning in to this show could be the right recipe for a “purr-fect” evening.