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Iceland - The New Zealand of the North

By Matt Eliason

  • Stunning Landscapes Both Iceland and New Zealand have some amazing scenery. This is a photo taken in Iceland's westfjords. Photo/Vilhelm

Despite being situated on opposite sides of the world, there are many similarities between the countries of Iceland and New Zealand. For starters, both are secluded island countries that possess some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet. Furthermore, both self-governing states possess their own currency, rely on tourism as a significant part of their economy, and interestingly enough, possess more sheep than actual people.

New Zealand has a population of over 4 million people, significantly more than the 328 thousand of Iceland, yet both have found a way to operate autonomously. Shaped by the volcanoes and tectonic plates located in their respective landmasses, the results have yielded amazing, mountainous landscapes that are simply breathtaking. Because of these gifts from Mother Nature, both locations are home to millions of adventurous tourists each year, eager to see the scenic views and distinct coastlines that New Zealand and Iceland both possess.

Whether you know it or not, chances are you have already experienced the Icelandic and/or New Zealand landscape. This is because both lands have been prominently featured in some of Hollywood's biggest features. New Zealand's amazing scenery has been on display in films such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Chronicles of Narnia among many others. Iceland is home to the Game of Thrones HBO series, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Oblivion, Noah and will be featured in the upcoming blockbuster, Interstellar.

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