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The night sky is a dark place, with only the moon and stars to cast any light. But throughout the long winters high in the northern hemisphere there are nights that are illuminated with spectacular displays of green and blue light dancing across the skies. We are talking, of course, about the Northern Lights. The Aurora borealis, to give them their proper name.

from BBC News

Letter gets there by hand-drawn map

Icelandic postal service becomes viral hit after correctly delivering letter using map scrawled on envelope. "Country: Iceland. City: Búðardalur. Name: A horse farm with an Icelandic/Danish couple and three kids and a lot of sheep!"

Allardyce to name eight players who started Iceland loss -

Lundi - the icelandic name name for Puffins, one of the most known birds on Iceland.

from The Independent

Not just the stuff of legend: Famed Viking 'sunstone' did exist,

It is well known that Viking explorers used the sun and stars to navigate across open seas, but what did they do when the sun and stars weren’t visible? For centuries legends have told of various tools that Vikings used to help navigate, among them the fabled Sunstone. Now, researchers believe they have finally found one of these stones.  Until recently, nothing was found among Viking artifacts that matched descriptions from the sagas. However, researchers now believe the mythic

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Who, What, Why: Why do some countries regulate baby names

Who, What, Why: Why do some countries regulate baby names? - BBC News

Greenland. The Norwegians (typical Norse sense of humor) actually NAMED Greenland, 'Green' though it's totally Ice and Snow __ While Iceland... is Green to a large degree