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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 — 1:44pm PDT
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Volcanoes, outdoor recreation, hot springs, a lively music scene, super quick access to 20-plus European locations (particularly Scandinavia), and more make Iceland a very cool place to have a stopover. Icelandair will be starting service from Vancouver International Airport on May 14th and to celebrate, they will be hosting a #scaVANgerhunt this week.

Win an Icelandair Prize Pack

Icelandair’s ScaVANger Hunt

Starting Thursday, April 10th, Icelandair representatives will be hitting the streets of Vancouver and surrounding areas to give away free round-trip tickets, with one pair given away each day through Saturday, April 12th. Also, throughout each day, Icelandair will be handing out additional prizes including gift certificates for travel, t-shirts, Icelandic music CDs and cool merchandise.

How can Vancouverites join the #scaVANgerhunt?
Icelandair will be providing that day’s password on Facebook and Twitter, along with clues to help find the location of each day’s tickets.

Clues will be given at various times of the day until the tickets are found. The first person to arrive at the location and reveal the password to the Icelandair representatives will win tickets for two to one of more than 20 destinations in Europe. Read full contest terms and conditions.

Photogenic and adventurous Iceland – Photo credit: Moyan Brenn on Flickr

Iceland: Svartifoss Cascade Iceland
Photogenic and adventurous Iceland – Photo credit: Victor Montol & Moyan Brenn on Flickr

Win an Icelandair Prize Pack

For the next three days, leading up to the ScaVANger Hunt contest hosted by Icelandair, I will have a Icelandair/Iceland-themed prize pack to give away. That’s three prize packs for three winners!

These prize packs — exclusively offered to Miss604 readers — include: Icelandic music CDs, Blue Lagoon body wash, Icelandair t-shirts, “50 Crazy Things to do in Iceland” book, and $100 gift vouchers for travel with Icelandair.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment here naming a fact about Iceland (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win an @Icelandair prize pack from @YVRAirport + @Miss604

I will draw one winner at 10:00am on April 9th, April 10th, and April 11th from all entries. Follow Vancouver’s award-winning airport on Twitter along with Icelandair on Twitter for more information about the #scaVANgerhunt contest this week.

Update The first winner is Monica! Look for two more winners on Thursday and Friday.
Update The second winner is @lyteforce on Twitter!
Update The last winner is David!

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  1. Nicole says:

    The capital of Iceland is Reykjavík.

  2. Kristy says:

    FACT: I want to go! haha

    Really Fact: Reykjavík City, the capitol of Iceland has been designated as UNESCO City of Literature.

  3. christophe says:

    Bjork is from Iceland.

  4. David says:

    The city of Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city of the world!

  5. Geniene says:

    In Iceland, raw puffin hearts, are considered a delicacy.

  6. The capital is Reykjavík.

  7. Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe.

  8. Gary says:

    Iceland is green, and greenland is icy #mightyducks

  9. matthew m says:

    Icelanders drink more Coke per capita than any country in the world.

  10. Randy Walberg says:

    Homes in Iceland don’t have hot water tanks. the hot water comes right out of the ground (from centralized hot water storage tanks)

  11. Cheryl McGregor says:

    The mayor of Reykjavik is Jon Knarr, a musician and comedian

  12. Justine says:

    The population of Iceland is 318,452.

  13. Bob says:

    The capital is Reykjavík.

  14. Sam says:

    The capital is Reykjavík.

  15. Linda says:

    Iceland has 325,671 people. It is warmed by the gulf stream and is a temperate climate.

  16. Dilara says:

    Contrary to popular belief, Iceland is not covered in ice.

  17. A.J. says:

    There are days in June and July where Iceland experiences 24 hours of daylight!

    Definitely on my bucketlist!

  18. Randahl says:

    FACT- The Prime Minister of iceland is:

    Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

  19. Kevin says:

    Iceland’s main airport is Keflavík International Airport, located just outside of Reykjavík.

  20. Monica says:

    The Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland is a memorial to John Lennon and on my bucket list for my next visit!

  21. Andre says:


  22. Tanya R says:

    Hakarl and Brennivin are tourists must try while in Iceland…if they dare

  23. Stephanie says:

    Reykjavík hosts an annual design festival called DesignMarch

  24. Erin W says:

    Iceland’s banking system failed in 2008

  25. Julian says:

    Of Monsters and Men are from Iceland!

  26. Candice says:

    Iceland is one of the few places in the world to view the Northern Lights (the aurora borealis). This is one of the top things on my bucket lists to do (i even already have my hotel picked out for when i luck out to go!)

  27. Roni Szeto says:

    There are no family names or surnames in Iceland (they’re mostly Danish).For the majority of Icelanders people have a last name that is comprised from their father’s (or mother’s) first name with the addition of -dóttir (-daughter) or -son.

  28. Eleni says:

    Icelaland is geologically active with many volcanoes!

  29. Monique says:

    In June and July, Iceland has 24 hours of daylight

  30. kaykay says:

    lots of hotsprings

  31. Shirley says:

    Icelandair is the airline for Iceland.

  32. Erin says:

    Fun fact: geothermal energy from Iceland’s volcanoes and vents captured by power stations supplies the heating for 85% of households.

  33. Donna Henningson says:

    Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe.

  34. Samantha says:

    The Blue Lagoon is in Iceland!

  35. Marline says:

    Iceland’s currency is the krona

  36. Sandra says:

    Bjork is from Iceland.

  37. Courtney says:

    Iceland is on my wanderlust list; I would love to win this trip. I just learned that they have 24 hours of sunlight in June & July.

  38. Elizabeth Simon says:

    Bjork is from there, and the best place to get a hotdog is at a gas station!

  39. Laura says:

    The energy from the volcanoes and vents supplies heating 85% of the houses in Iceland!

  40. Teresa K says:

    Iceland is a place.

  41. Margaret K says:

    No mosquitoes in Iceland.

  42. Wesley says:

    Sigur Ros, one of my favorite bands, is from Iceland.

  43. Neena says:

    “Journey to the center of the earth” started there.

  44. Judi Kjartansson says:

    Iceland has zero illiteracy .. And has the highest per captita of Scrabble game sales in the world..

  45. Amy says:

    Fact: I went there with my husband on our honeymoon. Best trip we’ve ever had in our 18 years of traveling together!

  46. Judi Kjartansson says:

    The majority of Icelanders believe in elves and that they have magic powers

  47. Donna says:

    Fun fact: I’m already booked on the inaugural flight and REALLY looking forward to it.

    Also, Iceland has very strict laws for how to name their children.

  48. Dan Udey says:

    Iceland is the only country in the world with a national cryptocurrency (like Bitcoin), based off Litecoin.

  49. Lauren Mulcahy says:

    Game of Thrones was filmed in Iceland.

  50. Richard says:

    As Roni mentions, there are not “family names” in Iceland, so how do they sort people in the phone book? By given name. You know, I’d never actually seen an Icelandic phone book, but this post has a photo from a page:

  51. Dom says:

    The capital of Iceland is Reykjavík.

  52. Julie says:

    Majority of Icelanders believe in elves

  53. Luke says:

    Iceland is no. 1 on my list of places to go. I literally have a file labeled “Iceland inspiration” on my computer where I put amazing pictures of Iceland with a label of the location so I can make sure to find that spot when I visit. Fact: According to Landnámabók (the medieval Icelandic written work describing the settlement (landnám) of Iceland by the Norse in the 9th and 10th centuries) the settlement of Iceland began in AD 874 when the chieftain Ingólfr Arnarson became the first permanent Norse settler on the island.

  54. Janet says:

    Roughly between mid-January to mid-February is the ancient month of Thorri,the time for Thorrablót, or a Thorri feast. Thorrablot was a sacrificial midwinter festival offered to the gods in pagan Iceland of the past. In today’s times, Icelanders will attend at least one Thorrablót feast, where they will gather together, eat, drink, and be merry!

  55. Reid says:

    The hotdogs in Iceland are legendary. They are called Pylsur and even Bill Clinton himself thinks they are amazing. He visited a 24hr famous hot dog stand there called (if anyone can ever pronounce it) Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur.

  56. Virginia says:

    Iceland became a republic in 1944.

  57. Mairi says:

    Iceland is an island of 103.000 km sq

  58. Tanya says:

    The airport code for the capital, Reykjavik is KEF.

  59. Nancy says:

    Iceland is home to the very first parliamentary government. It dates back to the 10th century

  60. Mary W says:

    Iceland is not covered in ice

  61. Amanda says:

    Icelandic knit sweaters are called lopapaysa. 🙂

  62. cindy says:

    It’s the best place to see the northern lights.
    One of the places that is on my bucket list!

  63. Kam says:

    Many Icelander’s believe in elves!

  64. Rebecca says:

    The Icelandic flag is red, white, and blue.

  65. Tim says:

    Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe.

  66. SYLVIA F says:

    Iceland has a geothermal spa called the Blue Lagoon with natural temperatures around 37 degrees! And it’s aqua blue too.

  67. staceyg13 says:

    great singers- BJORK need I say more

  68. Laura says:

    Renewable resources like geothermal and hydroelectric power provide almost all of Icelands’s power.

  69. Steve says:

    Iceland has no standing army (ripe for invasion!).

  70. Robert says:

    Keflavik former US air base.

  71. renee says:

    Instead of Santa Claus, Iceland has something called the Yule Lads

  72. Jenny says:

    Iceland plants more trees per head of population than any other country

  73. Christian van Rooij says:

    Tottenham Hotspur footballer, Gylfi Sigurðsson, is from Iceland and also plays on the national team.

  74. Radhika Khan says:

    During the months of June and July, Iceland has days with a full 24 hours of precious, beautiful sunlight. While you might think of a variety of things you could do with 24 hours of light in a day, a lot of people in Iceland look at it as a splendid time to catch up on their golf

  75. Tom says:

    Chieftain Ingólfr Arnarson became the first permanent Norse settler on the island

  76. Ashley says:

    Iceland’s National Flag is Blue with a red cross outlined in white.

  77. Alex says:

    Believe it or not, Iceland has one of the toughest Anti-Pornography Laws in the world!

  78. Marisa says:

    Mayor of Iceland’s capital city Reykjavík, Jon Gnarr is my Facebook friend 🙂

  79. yms says:

    Iceland Airwaves is one of the best music festival!

  80. Janice Meehan says:

    The capital of Iceland is Reykjavík.

  81. Jason R says:

    The colors of the flag are symbolic for Iceland: red is for the volcanic fires, white recalls the snow and glaciers, and blue is for the mountains in the distance.

  82. Katie says:

    Iceland has the most active volcano area in the world, the largest waterfall and glacier in Europe.

  83. Jason says:

    The last name of Icelanders is derived from their father’s first name.

  84. Pano Skrivanos says:

    Iceland isn’t truly an arctic country – the mainland falls short of the Arctic Circle by a few kilometers. The cross the arctic circle you’d need to travel to the island of Grimsey, which is Iceland’s only real piece of Arctic territory.

  85. christa says:

    Phonebook listings are by first names and everyone is on a first name basis – no formalities like ‘Mr’, ‘Mrs’, ‘Dr’…

  86. Doug says:

    Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was the world’s first openly lesbian head of government when she became Iceland’s first female prime minister on February 1, 2009

  87. Re VA says:

    Iceland offers great outdoor activities !

  88. Wally says:

    Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe.

  89. kasandra says:

    Iceland is the home of the world famous blue lagoon.

  90. Sze says:

    The main island is 101,826 km2, but the entire country is 103,000 km2 in size.

  91. Tony says:

    The capital is Reykjavik

  92. Rhiann says:

    The island of Iceland has 30 active volcanic systems!

  93. HRM says:

    Hidden elves can delay road building in Iceland.

  94. Anne says:

    Iceland is11% glacial ice.

  95. Alanna says:

    Instead of Santa Claus, Iceland has something called the Yule Lads. These strange lads have an interesting history because they didn’t start out as bringers of Yuletide joy; they were actually descended from trolls and were used the way parents today use the threat of taking away a video game console—to scare small children.

  96. Cody Brown says:

    Iceland’s main industry is fishing.

  97. Margaret Milner says:

    I remember the day when a volcano in Iceland blew and most of the airlines flying into Europe were grounded for several days because of the volcanic ash in the air.

  98. Scott says:

    Iceland’s signature alcoholic beverage is Brennivín

  99. Darren Parks says:

    The only “weapon” created by Icelanders is a special fishing net line cutter used during the “Cod Wars” with the UK. It is currently on display ant the national museum.

  100. NicT says:

    1 in 10 people in Iceland have published a book! How’s that for literacy?

  101. London Calling says:

    National Flag
    Blue with a red cross outlined in white. 

    The colors of the flag are symbolic for Iceland: red is for the volcanic fires, white recalls the snow and glaciers, and blue is for the mountains in the distance.

  102. Ceci says:

    Iceland has the most active volcano area in the world.

  103. Jodi-Ann says:

    During the months of June and July, Iceland has days with a full 24 hours of sunlight.

  104. michael h says:

    Iceland’s population is 325,000

  105. David says:

    The Keflavík International Airport in Iceland was built by the United States military in World War II. It was used primarily for heavy bombers but it’s built long enough to support NASA’s space shuttle.

  106. Brent Bowker says:

    They have an abundance of hot water!

  107. veronica says:

    I have not been to Iceland and would love to visit it. The capital of Iceland is Reykjavík.

  108. Darcy says:

    The National Flag of Iceland is Blue with a red cross outlined in white.

  109. Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city, with a growing population of 120,000.

  110. Cory Haas says:

    Iceland’s hockey team in the “Mighty Ducks” is reeeeeeeeallly good. Also, Bjork is from there.

  111. The only native land mammal in Iceland is the Arctic Fox.

  112. Cecilia says:

    Fact: the town of Akureyri is often called Iceland’s unofficial northern capital. Also, Akureyri is near Myvatn, where you can buy “geysirbrauð”, which is bread that has been cooked under ground using the heat of the earth!

  113. Andy Robinson says:

    Iceland was the last European country to be settled—sometime during the 9th or 10th centuries when Scandanavian sailors discovered it.

  114. Rose says:

    The east coast of Iceland is home to the country’s largest forest. I would love to visit Iceland.

  115. Benjamin says:

    The “geographical significance” part of Þingvellir being dubbed a UNESCO site is due to the fact that this is one of only TWO places in the entire world where you can see two of the earth’s tectonic plates meeting above the earth’s surface (the other is in Africa). The North American and Eurasian plates jut up out of the ground here in Þingvellir, moving apart roughly 2 cm per year. You can even go diving/snorkeling between the plates in nearby Þingvallavatn lake.

  116. Robert says:

    Iceland famous from there handball team!!!

  117. Elaine says:

    Reykjavik is the capital city.

  118. Jennifer says:

    Iceland is the world’s 18th largest island

  119. Grace says:

    Iceland is the home country of Bjork

  120. Lauren Mulcahy says:

    No horses are allowed into Iceland. If an Icelandic Pony leaves it is never allowed back.

  121. Michael Isaak says:

    During the months of June and July, Iceland has days with a full 24 hours of precious, beautiful sunlight.

  122. Jenny says:

    You need to redefine the word fresh, as in fresh fish, after you’ve tasted the fabulous fish in Icelandic restaurant.

  123. Sally says:

    Iceland has a list of approved names for children. Also they have a website/app so you can check if you’re accidentally dating your cousin.

  124. Cameron says:

    Keiko the killer whale, star of Free Willy, was from Iceland. Keiko means “lucky one” in the Japanese language. He was captured near Reyðarfjörður, Iceland in 1979 and sold to an Icelandic aquarium. Three years later he was sold to Marineland in Ontario where he first started performing, and also started showing signs of poor health. In 1985 he was sold to an amusement park (Six Flags) in Mexico City. He was the star of the movie Free Willy in 1993. Everyone please help stop the capture of whales for amusement!

  125. Daniela says:

    Iceland has an area of 103,000 km squared!

  126. Alex says:

    Bjork is from Iceland.

  127. Liv says:

    85% of Iceland’s energy comes from renewable resources–50% of that being geothermal!

  128. Har says:

    Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen is the all-time leading goal scorer for the Iceland men’s national football team with 24 goals in 78 caps.

  129. Katie Bolan says:

    The capital is Reykjavík.

  130. chris scobie says:

    Iceland had the first central ‘parliament’ in the world, and it was located centrally in the country….how democratic!

  131. Dave says:

    Swedish Viking explorer Garðar Svavarsson was the first to circumnavigate Iceland in 870 and establish that it was an island.

  132. lindawwww says:

    Laki, a volcano, erupted in 1783 and over one half of all livestock on Iceland were killed

  133. Jeanne says:

    Iceland has the most daylight in June and July

  134. The three colours of the Iceland flag (blue, white & red) represent water, snow & fire.

  135. Many people believe in Elves that live in large stones all over the country.

  136. Lloyd says:

    Icelanders speak on the in-breath

  137. Mike Higgins says:

    The capital of Iceland is Reykjavík.

  138. Daniel burns says:

    Icelands government is made up of almost 50% females.

  139. Lindsay Bomhof says:

    Icelanders consume more cokacola per capita than any other place in the world

  140. Sabrina says:

    Bjork is from Iceland

  141. Rebecca says:

    Knitting is a big thing in Iceland (fact!), and so, I must go to there.

  142. Caroline says:

    Pound for pound, Icelandic horses are the strongest breed of equine in the world and can carry up to 300lbs even though they are relatively small. Also, if an Icelandic horse is bred outside of Iceland, it is not considered a true Icelandic horse, making the breed the purest in the world.

  143. robert adie says:

    1) My Canadian grandfather had a great Icelandic name: Sigurjon Ingvar Sigurdson.

    2) In 1980, Iceland became the first country to elect a women president. Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was in power for 16 years!

  144. Caresse says:

    They eat fermented shark!

  145. valerie says:

    Iceland has a rather vile drink called Brennivin. Brennivin is a sort of schnapps distilled from potatoes.

  146. Alex Garner says:

    Raw Puffin Heart is a delicacy in Iceland.

  147. Steph says:

    A 1995 report claims that 70% of the people in Iceland believe elves exist there!

  148. Mike Gismondi says:

    They use geothermal powering iceland

  149. Angela Griffin says:

    There are wonderful hot springs there.

  150. wenxiao says:

    The Country. Iceland is an island of 103.000 km2 (39,756 sq.miles), about one-third larger than Scotland or Ireland

  151. Linda says:

    Almost half of Iceland’s government are females. Amazing!

  152. KittyPride says:

    During the months of June and July, Iceland has days with a full 24 hours sunlight

  153. Lyndsey says:

    MY friend lived there on exchange. They served him an entire goat head on a large plate for dinner. Apparently, it is quite an ordinary part of their diet.

  154. Christine says:

    Reykjavík is the capital city!

  155. Sheila H says:

    The capital city of Iceland is Reykjavík.

  156. Iris @muckymoo says:

    Geothermal power provides cheap electricity of the residents of Iceland.

  157. Dennis L. says:

    Fact #1 – For the scenes that involve The Wall in Game of Thrones, Iceland is setting.

    Fact #2 – Bjork is from Iceland

  158. Karen says:

    The dairy product Skyr is one of the most popular foods in Iceland

  159. marie angelique balmori says:

    Skyr is a popular snack in iceland

  160. Paul W says:

    Around 11% of Iceland is covered in glacial ice.

  161. Bronwyn says:

    Daylight saving time is not observed in iceland.

  162. Morgan B says:

    The red in the Icelandic flag symbolizes the volcanic fires of Iceland.

  163. Andy C. says:

    Iceland was named Iceland to fool people into not going there and going instead to Greenland which is icy (for now). Also, this is true, everyone who worked at Keflavik Airport in 1999 was blonde… everyone.

  164. Holly says:

    Bam Margera and his wife got married onstage in Iceland.

  165. Micky says:

    jon gnarr is the mayor of Reykjavík and he created the Best Party.

  166. Jacqui says:

    Many people from Iceland believe in Elves.

  167. Ramona says:

    Many Icelanders believe in elves. Certain roads have been re-routed to avoid disturbing areas where elves are thought to live.

  168. JLow says:

    The first ever hydro electric dam was built in Iceland.

  169. Cholo says:

    Iceland hosted the world chess championship the year that Bobbi Fischer won.

  170. Kat says:

    Fact: I’m Icelandic! Also, Iceland is considered the most peaceful country in the world, as the Nordic island has no standing army. It’s also one of the most progressive nations on the planet.

  171. Kate says:

    Iceland is the only landmass where the Mid-Atlantic ridge crosses.

  172. Vivian says:

    Reykjavík is the capital

  173. Debbie says:

    It’s a land of hot springs.

  174. Jason Klatt says:

    One fact is that it’s on my bucket list to visit. Another one would be that Reykjavík is the capital of it.

  175. vincent chen says:

    Reykjavík is the capital

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