Mini Guide to Iceland

Iceland is a Nordic island country located in the Arctic Circle. It has a population of nearly 350,000 citizens; however, roughly two-thirds of them live in Reykjavik, the capital, and its surroundings.

The country is famous for its geothermal and volcanic activity, which throughout thousands of years created a somewhat otherworldly landscape. Travelers also flock to Iceland to see the incredible Northern Lights and learn about its Viking inhabitants, who settled there in 874 AD.


While most international travelers will fly into Keflavik international airport, it’s also possible to take the weekly boat from Denmark, which takes around two days. You can travel around the country by bus, but it’s extremely expensive and not well served.

The best course of action is to rent a car and explore it on your own. Bear in mind that driving during the winter is riskier and you may need to book a four-wheel drive vehicle well in advance due to high demand. If you have time on your hands, cycling and hitchhiking are also good options and a great way to move around.

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Icelandic is the official language in the country, which is similar to Old Norse language of the 13th century. It uses the Latin alphabet (with two extra characters) and it’s similar to other Scandinavian languages, but only in writing, not in spoken form.

While trying to speak their language will definitely be appreciated, it’s not a requirement. Most citizens speak good English and Danish as both languages are compulsory in schools.

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Mini Guide to Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world and has a population of nearly 150 million, though around 77 percent live in the western part of the country. It’s best known for being the first constitutionally socialist state and its role in World War II and the ensuing Cold War. The country has also many technological accomplishments, including sending the first human to space. Nowadays, it’s the world’s 12th largest economy by GDP, the biggest producers of natural gas and oil, and also a permanent member of the UN Council.

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If you’re used to living in a city or a big suburb, it can be hard to picture what life is like outside of all the hustle and bustle. In fact, U.S. cities house 62.7 percent of the population (as of 2015), but take up just 3.5 percent of the land area — and those numbers continue to grow as more people move into cities every day. If you need to get away for a bit, check out some of these incredible American towns. They may be small, but they’ve all got their own unique attributes that make them popular vacation destinations.

Most Interesting International Fast Food Chains We Wish Would Come to the USA

To connoisseurs of fast food, visits abroad bring the opportunity to see how the rest of the world eats on the go. Although we have our own fast-food chains at home — many which have spread around the world — the most exciting chains around today are regional chains, which use local ingredients flavored to perfectly suit the local’s palate. To get a taste at what’s out there, here are some amazing international fast food chains we wish would come to the United States.