A tiny nation isolated on a far away island tucked right under the arctic circle, it really is no wonder we’ve picked up some strange customs and weird habits. We’ve written down 6 weird things Icelanders do, but be warned; bring any of this up with an Icelander and they’ll probably suggest you’re the weird one!
Dress like it’s the hottest day of summer whenever the sun is even remotely visible
It’s ten below zero, but these guys just can’t wait to get out of their winter garments.
As soon as the sun comes out, a big part of the Icelandic nation just starts to dress like we’re in Florida. So don’t be surprised if it’s -1°C and sunny and you see a lot of people wearing shorts, T-shirts and sunglasses. Which brings me to…
Wear sunglasses at night and all through winter
During day time, it’s a two sunglasses minimum.
This might seem like just another one of the weird things Icelanders do but we actually have a reason for this one. The sun behaves differently here, next door to the arctic circle, from what you’re probably used to. Not only does it stay up all summer and away all winter, it also likes to hang out at the horizon, not high in the sky. That means that a lot of the time you end up staring straight at it, so sunglasses should be worn, especially when driving.