The Environment of Iceland

In Iceland there's:
No Nuclear -
No Coal -
No Oil -
No Problem ;-)

wild icelandic Seljalandsfoss 02Currently, Iceland is one of only a handful of countries in the world that operates completely on clean, renewable energy sources. Electricity is generated from geothermal and hydroelectric sources and subsequently has zero impact on the environment. The same geothermal water sources are used to heat homes as well as providing hot water. As you can imagine the impact on daily life from these basic elements is quite astonishing.

wild icelandic Seljalandsfoss 04In case you didn't know, Iceland is located in the middle of the North Atlantic just south of the Arctic Circle between Greenland and Great Britain. That may sound cold, however it sits in a sweet spot geographically. The Gulf Steam brings warmer ocean waters to the southern shores encircling the nation, this results in vast lush pastures throughout the coastal lowlands. So when you couple unpolluted air and pristine land along with an abundant supply of pure natural water, Iceland becomes a true agricultural paradise. Kind of a "sheep heaven."wild icelandic Valpjofsstair 02

Aside from the north atlantic winds, which can be rather fearsome at times, the weather overall is rather temperate neither being severely cold in the winter or terribly hot in the summer. This moderate climate protects the land against many diseases and pests which plague agriculture regions of the lower latitudes. When you couple Iceland’s relative isolation with strictly enforced regulations, which prohibit the importing of live animals, it results in many common animal diseases that afflict other regions being virtually non-existent in Iceland.wild icelandic vegetation 04

Another interesting element is the Midnight Sun of Summers. From late May to late August there is almost 24 hours of continual daylight. Naturally, these longer days impact the lives of sheep thus extending their feeding cycles. This results in Icelandic lambs having a naturally accelerated growth rate. Lambs start to reach harvest weight at a younger age enhancing the quality and tenderness of the product.

And it's all Mother Nature.

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