18. The pesky northern lights will stop you from sleeping
Nature’s best disco isn’t much to look at really. The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are just lots of colors emanating from particles high up in the Earth’s atmosphere reacting to movements in the electromagnetic field… or something. And it just lights up the night sky to the point that you won’t want to sleep because of the celestial wonder-dance going on above your head. Trust us, if you want to get a good night’s sleep and don’t want your stars interrupted by the world’s greatest color and light show ever, avoid Iceland like the plague.
17. The landscape is so bleak that they used it in Star Wars
Iceland is often used for movie shoots because of its vast emptiness. And its scenery. Mýrdalssandur, for example, has the world’s darkest black-sand beaches. And they’re seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as Lah’mu, an outpost covered in lush greenery and those tar-colored sands. In fact, Iceland is used for so many productions (Game of Thrones, Batman Begins, Prometheus are just some examples) that you can’t move for the hordes of wildlings, xenomorphs and stormtroopers there. Avoid.
16. Reykjavik is only the third-happiest city in the world
In a 2016 poll Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, ranked as only the third-happiest city in the world. A paltry 66 percent of its citizens were very satisfied with life there, another 31 percent satisfied, which to us means they were probably pretty furious with lives surrounded by natural beauty, a really low crime rate and universal healthcare enjoyed by all. No wonder they lost to Aalborg and Copenhagen.