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Our mom is Icelandic, so our family travels to Iceland once or twice per year on vacation. A trip to Iceland is different depending on which season you visit. This may be a surprise, but Iceland in the summer is really green, and it also rains a lot. The sun never goes down, so the days are very long. Puffins migrate to Iceland in the summer and lay their eggs in the holes in cliffs, so it’s easy to see them. There are also many sheep and horses that visitors can see while driving.
In winter, it snows most of the time. Christmas is called “Yule,” and it’s a big celebration. Our family comes together, and we exchange presents. In Icelandic folklore, there are 13 Yule lads and a Yule cat that eats kids if they don’t behave. Then, on New Year’s Eve, everyone launches fireworks all over the country. The northern lights are also pretty awesome. One New Year’s Eve, we got really lucky: The lights came out before midnight, and they were bright with green, pink and white colors. It was very special.
But no matter when you visit, Iceland is really fun. It’s easy to find healthy food, but Icelanders eat ice cream and special Icelandic candy a lot, all year long.
We also go to the public pool in both winter and summer, which is a typical Icelandic thing to do. One of our favorite waterfalls is Seljalandsfoss. You can walk behind it for a great view. Another favorite place we go is Geysir, where a hot spring explodes. It’s often windy in Iceland, so we also love flying our kites.