Iceland is a relatively large island in the Atlantic Ocean. The nearest neighbouring country is Greenland, just 286 km (180 miles) away, followed by the Faroe Islands 420 km (260 miles), Scotland 795 km (495 miles), and Norway 950 km (590 miles).
Iceland is located near the Arctic Circle, and half the land-mass of Grímsey, an island off the North coast of Iceland, lies within the Arctic Circle. It takes approximately five hours to fly from New York to Reykjavík, and three hours from London.
Iceland is a leader in renewable energy
Iceland has an abundance of clean, renewable energy thanks to its remarkable geography and geology that provides both hydro- and geothermal resources. In the 20th century, Icelanders harnessed these natural resources, an important factor in helping transform the population from a poor, coal reliant society to one currently enjoying very high living standards. With 85% of its primary energy needs being met with indigenous renewable resources, Iceland is at the forefront of sustainable energy production.