10 most difficult Iceland riddlesHistory quiz
Who invaded Iceland during the WW II in 1940?
no one, because Iceland was neutral
Following the German invasion of Denmark and Norway, the British government became increasingly concerned that Germany would soon try to establish a military presence in Iceland. After failing to persuade the Icelandic government to join the Allies, the UK invaded on the morning of 10 May 1940.
The largest active volcano and the highest peak in Iceland is...?
Öræfajökull is the largest active volcano in the country, and on the summit crater's north-western rim is Hvannadalshnúkur, the highest peak in Iceland at 2,110 metres (6,920 ft). Geographically, Öræfajökull is considered part of Vatnajökull, and the area covered by glacier is within the boundary of Vatnajökull National Park.
What's the strait that separates Greenland from Iceland?
The Denmark Strait or Greenland Strait is an oceanic strait between Iceland (to its northwest) and Greenland (to its southeast). The Norwegian island of Jan Mayen lies northeast of the strait.
Where was this picture taken?
Hvítserkur is a 15 m high basalt stack along the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes peninsula, in northwest Iceland. It has two holes at the base, curved out by the sea erosion, which gave it the appearance of a dragon who is drinking. The legend has it, Hvítserkur is a petrified troll who got caught by daylight and turned into stone.
The Cod Wars were a series of confrontations between the United Kingdom and...
The Cod Wars were disputes running from the 1950s to the 1970s over fishing rights in the North Atlantic. Each of the disputes ended with Iceland's victory. As a result, the already declining British fisheries were hit hard by being excluded from their prime fishing grounds with thousands of fishermen and people being put out of work.
Where is that distinctive looking church located?
At 74.5 metres, the Church of Hallgrímur it is the largest church in Iceland and among the tallest structures in the country. Situated in the centre of Reykjavík, it is one of the city's best-known landmarks, and is visible throughout the city. There is a viewing deck at the top, from which observers can admire the city and the surrounding mountains.
Who was the first known European to have discovered continental North America?
Erik the Red
Leif Erikson was a Norse explorer from Iceland. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada. Later archaeological evidence suggests that Vinland may have been the areas around the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and that the L'Anse aux Meadows site was a ship repair station.
How long did Vigdís Finnbogadóttir serve as the President of Iceland?
Vigdís Finnbogadóttir served as the fourth President of Iceland from 1980 to 1996. With a presidency of exactly sixteen years, she remains the longest-serving elected female head of state of any country to date. Currently, she is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
Which European countries once instituted prohibition of alcohol?
Spain and Portugal
Austria and Germany
In the early twentieth century, much of the impetus for the prohibition movement in the Nordic countries and North America came from moralistic convictions of pietistic Protestants. Nordic countries had started prohibition before the United States did. Between 1915-1919, laws were passed in Norway, Iceland and Finland.
This is Hella, a volcano in Iceland. How was it called by Europeans in the Middle Ages?
Gateway to Heaven
Gateway to Hell
Gateway to Iceland
Gateway to the North
After the eruption of 1104 stories, probably spread deliberately through Europe by Cistercian monks, told that Hekla was the gateway to Hell. The belief that Hekla was the gate to Hell persisted until the 1800s. Apparently, Jules Verne was inspired by the story. In his "Journey to the Center of the Earth", a path downwards is found inside other Icelandic volcano, Snæfellsjökull.