[Pause for some good ol' fashioned Googling....]
Huh. Whelp, Iceland's not not weird. Which means that I'm more excited than ever to see Reykjavik in person! So what did I learn that's got me so psyched?
Icelanders love a hotdog: There's a solid argument floating out there in the blogosphere and beyond that if Iceland's got a national food, it's the hot dog. You heard me, a hot dog. Skip your fermented shark and your whale jerky (Is that a thing?) and head right for the tube o' meat in the bun. Listen, hot dogs are one of the five food items (yes, I'm keeping track) basically keeping me from becoming a vegetarian. And yes, I will be ingesting as many as humanly possible during our trip. When in Reykjavik, right?
Icelanders believe in elves: Okay, not all Icelanders, but according to some recent-ish polls, more than 50 percent. Which, you know, mathematically speaking, is not insignificant. (Guys, remember those tests I totally studied for? Some had to do with percentages.) Huldufolk are invisible, supernatural, well, elves, that many believe inhabit the otherworldly landscapes of Iceland. And these little creatures will be none too pleased if you decided to disturb the land in which they live. Hence, it makes sense that Icelanders can get puh-retty upset if, for instance, construction projects are planned in elvish hotspots. All I can say is 1) Awesome and 2) I will be steering clear of any lava fields.
Icelanders have a webcam trained on the the last McDonald's burger sold in the country: Following everyone's favorite global economic meltdown of 2008/2009, McDonald's had to pull out of Iceland (Long story short: The company requires that its European franchises import meat from Germany, something waaaaaay too prohibitive for the Icelandic krona at the time.) But don't even worry about it. The last burger sold in the country is now under glass and on display 24/7 via web cam. Or you can see it in person if you happen to be visiting the chilly island nation in the coming weeks. Cha-ching!
My little crash course in Iceland has made it abundantly clear why the country repeatedly lands in the top tier of the World Happiness Index. I'm so ready to experience it in person! And, obviously, to eat hot dogs. Lots and lots of hot dogs.
See ya soon, Iceland!