Colin Rex, Creative Director of the Coyote Collective and his crew reached out to us in November prior to their venturing out to one of earths most unforgiving locations: Iceland, to see if we would like to have our product captured there. Of course we said yes!
Colin Rex is an adventure photographer, based in Denver, Colorado. Colin's love for harsh climates has led him to the far corners of the globe, where he combines photography, writing, and videography to create visual identities for leading brands all around the world. In 2017, Colin's work was featured in The Climate Museum and was named a Top 100 Photographer of the Year by Unsplash. We are honored to be working along side him.
Here's just a few of the rad, and quirky facts Colin learned about Iceland you may have never known:
1. There’s no mosquitoes...like, at all.
Yep. Don't worry about packing bug spray when you venture here. Iceland is the only country in the world where there’s no mosquitoes. As in, anywhere. The climate there is just not compatible with their reproductive cycle. Maybe this fact is a reason for the second point…
2. Nudity is something normal
If you go to public pools, be prepared to swim without a suit. It's completely normal to do so. Nobody will even look at you. It's just a thing.
3. Family names don’t exist
People have a first name, and their “family name” is made of the name of their father followed by the word “son” or “dottir” (daughter). For example, my father is named Don, so I’ll be Tanya Dondottir. My brother is named Clint so he would be Clint Donson. Everybody refers to the other by their first names. It applies for the Prime Minister too. For real. It's rad, and weird all at the same time. I know, right!
4. You need to check in a register before having kids with somebody
So probably the quirkiest of them all is this one. Population in Iceland is very small so everybody is related, more or less. To avoid genetic problems, people can check on a website if they are too genetically close to someone before having kids. Pretty rad, thumbs up for orginization!
5. Wearing the flag on your underwear is forbidden
The selling of panties, boxers and thongs with the Icelandic flag on them is forbidden, because well... that would just be disrespectful. Sheesh.
6. Horses to Iceland are truly Ponies
There are no actual horses in Iceland, just ponies, which are smaller versions of horses. The harsh mountain climates in Iceland make them much stronger than ponies elsewhere in the world. So that’s why they refer to their own ponies as horses, despite their real size.
7. Bus tickets are super tiny in Rekjavik!
I don’t really have much more to say, I just think it’s funny.
8. There’s no army
Its peaceful there. Iceland is the land of non-violence. There’s no army in the country and if an Icelander want to join the force, he can join the Norwegian army. It’s an agreement between the two countries.
Another rad fact, police officers don’t carry any guns on patrol and only wear one for special circumstances. Icelanders think that arming the police with guns engenders more gun violence than it prevents. Brilliant thought!
There’s an average of only one murder per year in the country. Just plain rad!
9. Beer was illegal until 1989
In Iceland, beer was prohibited in the country until March 1st, 1989. You can now celebrate beer day each year at this date, thanks to Iceland finally getting a little pep in their step!
10. One out of 10 people publish a book
Icelanders write more than anywhere else in the world. When it’s dark and cold during the winter, I guess there’s nothing else to do. They are truly a nation of storytellers. So next time you find yourself in Iceland, don't be afraid to talk to a stranger. You'll probably have the conversation of your life!
If these rad and interesting facts help inspire you to travel to Iceland, and help save the glaciers, let us know in the comments below!
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