Iceland was the last country in Europe to be settled by man, the Vikings in the ninth century, who fell in love with the country, the rugged views, the clear air and pure water.
With a population of only 272,000 in an area of 40,000 square miles, Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe. Heavy industry is almost non-existent, with emphasis on industrial development in the high-tech areas and the fishing industry. Agriculture uses only 1 percent of the total area of the island. Since Icelandic agriculture does not employ toxic chemical fertilizers to nearly the same extent as many more densely populated countries do, yet another pollution factor is eliminated.
Some say that Iceland is a well-kept secret. It is told in the Sagas that the settlers named it Iceland so people would not be encouraged to visit the island. They wanted to keep it all for themselves. The people of Iceland relish having room to breathe the freshest air, drink the purest water and enjoy living in one of the cleanest places on earth. Fisheries are Iceland’s major resource. Fish from Iceland is considered to be the highest quality because of the pure environment at sea and on land.
Iceland is the second largest island in Europe, situated in the North Atlantic Ocean just below the Arctic Circle. The nearest European civilization is Scotland, which is over 800 kilometers away. A country of ice and fire, Iceland is a land of contrasts. Imposing mountains and towering glaciers contrast with heather-covered moors and green valleys. Grassy plains meet barren stretches of land. Water feeds its way through the island in the forms of tumbling waterfalls, roaring rivers, bubbling hot springs and gentle brooks.
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