Video Conferencing with Friends in Iceland

Yesterday we had a video conference with new friends in Iceland. Iceland is very far north. It’s very close to the North Pole. We thought it would be hard to live in Iceland because it must be really really cold and we thought Iceland was covered in ice!

Here is what we learned:

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 11.02.24 AM1. Iceland got it’s name because there is a large glacier there (and 3 small glaciers). A glacier is very thick ice that has been around since before people came. Iceland is not covered in ice, it is actually very green. In Google Earth the glaciers are the white spots on the map.

2. It is warmer there than we thought. It is 12 degrees Celsius in the summer and it only goes down to about 0 degrees C in the winter. We learned that there is warm air that passes through Iceland called the Gulf Stream. They call their climate “temperate” which means it’s consistently mild.

Glacier

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20150515-082730.jpg20150515-081638.jpg3. They have a few different animals like whales (Humpbacks, Narwhals), dolphins, reindeer, arctic fox, puffin, mice, rats, polar bears, and mink.

4. People in Iceland eat a lot of fish called cod.

20150515-082739.jpg5. There is a really big church and concert hall there. These buildings were beautiful and are important in their community.

20150515-082744.jpg6. They speak 2 languages: English and Icelandic.

We are looking forward to learning with them again next week!

 

 

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