An entrepreneur rents a different type of RV that enables campers to see his beautiful country on their own terms.
By Bill Graves
Sverrir Thorsteinsson is a longtime motorcycle rider. He is 53 now and can’t remember not having one on which to tour Iceland, his native country. Motorcycles are an uncomplicated way to travel, he says. Certainly the simplest.
- Icelanders use the traditional Nordic naming, which means the last name is made up of the father’s or mother’s first name with the addition of “dottir” for daughter or “son” for son.
- Iceland’s forested acreage is small compared to the total land area, but the country has an intense tree-planting program.
- Iceland uses renewable resources for 85 percent of its energy; more than half of that is geothermal.
- Many of Iceland’s geothermal features are preserved in parks, so travelers can visit hot springs, geysers, and even a geothermal beach.
- Mosquitoes do not exist in Iceland.
- The average high temperature in summer is in the 50s, and the average low is in the upper 40s — in the southern part of the island.
- Iceland has no army, navy, or air force, but has a coast guard with several ships and aircraft.
- Beer was illegal in Iceland until March 1, 1989. The country now celebrates Beer Day each year on March 1.
- Icelanders drink more Coca-Cola per capita than people of any other country.
- European football (soccer) is the country’s most popular team game, followed closely by handball. Little Iceland stunned England in soccer by defeating them in June 2016 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Euro 2016 tournament, where Iceland lost to France.