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15 Unknown Facts About Iceland That Will Make You Want To Live In This Dream Destination Forever

#6. Elephant Rock: A naturally erupted sculpture in Iceland

Iceland Elephant Rock
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The Elephant Rock is a naturally erupted sculpture that grabs the attention of people from all over the world. Tourists gather to witness this amazing rock formation that resembles the shape of an elephant. Located off the coast of Iceland, it is mainly formed from basalt rock that gives the unique wrinkled skin texture.

#7. If you wish to have a Big Mac, you will be disappointed. There are no McDonald’s restaurants in Iceland.

Iceland has no McDonald's
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McDonald’s restaurants can be seen everywhere in the United States. As of 2014, there were more than 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the country. Though the company is widely popular all around the world, there are still 105 countries without the franchise. Six of the 105 had the fast food giant present at least once but had to shut down due to economics or politics. McDonald’s was once present in Iceland and had a total of three restaurants in the country. After struggling financially for almost two years, the franchise had to say farewell. The last McDonald’s hamburger and fries was sold on October 30th, 2009 and purchased by Hjörtur Smárason.

#8. Iceland will soon become the first cashless society in the world

Iceland cashless society
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After spending a few days in Iceland, tourists are usually amazed when they find out that they haven’t reached for their wallets since their arrival. Foreigners don’t have to go in search of ATM’s or exchange money for the local currency. Iceland is striving to become the first cashless society in the world. The local bus, taxi, coffee shops and even night clubs expect you to pay with cards or by phone. The end of cash has been predicted for a long time and Iceland is making it a reality.

#9. Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Blue Lagoon in Iceland
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The milky-teal Blue Lagoon spa is probably one of the famous attractions in the country. The super-heated water has a perfect 38°C (100.4°F) and is rich in blue-green algae, mineral salts and fine silica mud that helps rejuvenate the skin. The futuristic Svartsengi geothermal plant feeds the lagoon with the required hot water. After using the pressure and heat from the geysers to power the turbines, the water is transferred to the lagoon. The lagoon is man-made and has been developed for visitors with various amenities.

#10. Snorkeling between the tectonic plates

Iceland snorkeling tectonic plates
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Silfra, Iceland, is one of several places around the world where you can dive between two continents. It is basically a deep crack between the North American and Eurasian continents. The massive plates are slowly drifting apart and is one of the reasons for earthquakes. Divers undergo a unique experience since they are able to touch two separate continents at once.

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