Is Iceland Covered in Ice?

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Though its name might seem to indicate otherwise, Iceland is not completely covered with ice. This island nation is the site of a significant amount of geothermal and volcanic activity, and there are many hot springs and otherwise non-frozen water sources on the island.

Iceland's name isn't completely unfit, even though there are places where grasses and other vegetation grow, including birch tree forests. Iceland can have very cold weather, and more than 10 percent of the country is covered by three separate glaciers. Much of the country is uninhabitable, with most of the population living on or near coastlines.