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The Icelandic Sagas: History and Heroism

The Icelandic Sagas tell the history of Vikings like Ragnar Lothbrok
Thousands of years have gone by since the days where battles and wars were commonplace in our society. We still find those stories fascinating and mesmerizing. They used to be vicious and violent, and though I’m not really into the rough stuff, I am aware that those people were courageous and brave enough to protect their land or to...

Icelandic Bands: Of Monsters and Men

Music studio equipment for recording Of Monsters and Men new album
Although we write a lot of information for people visiting Iceland (we are a travel blog after all), every now and then we like to discuss other aspects of the country such as its history, culture, and everyday life on our small Nordic island. Today we’d like to highlight one of the more famous musical acts to come out...

Is Iceland a part of Scandinavia?

Map of Scandinavia with Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Is Iceland Scandinavian?
Iceland is often referred to as a part of Scandinavia. Is this true? Well, opinion often varies, even among Scandinavian people! Evidence suggests there is one right answer. Many don’t realize some people make specific distinctions between Scandinavian and Nordic countries. Looking at a map of Scandinavia, it’s understandable why there’s some confusion. All of these northern European countries...

Symbolism, History, and Meaning Behind Iceland’s Flag

Iceland's flag is one of the more beautiful one's and it has a fascinating history
A flag is the very identity of a country. By using a combination of colors and symbolism, a nation can convey its cultural values, stories, and histories. At its core, a flag is the ultimate device for communication. If you look at the flag of any country, any flag you know at least, a flurry of images, stories, historical...

Iceland’s Premier Cultural Festival: Reykjavik Culture Night

Reykjavik Culture Night ends in fireworks
Saturday throughout the whole day, and into the night, Iceland's capital city is going to come alive when this year’s Reykjavik Culture Night officially kicks off. If you are from here, you know it's going to be a blast. But if you happen to be in the city for your first time this weekend, you are in for a...

Iceland Country Profile – FAQs and Brief Overview

Iceland FAQs and country profile
We are going to do something a little bit different today. Instead of exploring the best of the best that Reykjavik has to offer, we are going to do a quick rundown of Iceland. We tend to get asked the same questions again and again, so we hope this will answer the most frequently asked questions about Iceland, like...

Untrue Stereotypes About Iceland

There are plenty of untrue stereotypes and myths about Iceland
I think people have the wrong idea about Iceland. I think they picture Iceland as this land filled with outrageously tall, bleach blonde, drop dead gorgeous Vikings who eat puffins and believe in elves. Ok maybe the drop dead gorgeous part is real, but everything else is only a half-truth. With Iceland becoming a tourist hotspot, it is easy...

Iceland’s Culture, Traditions, and Customs

Iceland's customs, culture, traditions
Here in Iceland, we are notoriously friendly! Welcome! While our culture is open and affable, we also have a plethora of rich and fascinating traditions. Before any trip, you should become accustomed to some aspects of the country you are visiting (its just good practice). Below I will outline some integral and fascinating facets of Iceland's culture, traditions, and...

Iceland in July – Best Summer Festivals

Outdoor music festival in Iceland
Iceland is a country that comes alive during summer. June, July and August are some of the best times to visit the country. In addition to seemingly endless sunlight, the small island nation is also bustling with activities and things to do. The weather in Iceland in July is ideal, and it shows. Icelanders have spent many of the...

Traditional Icelandic Food: A Basic Introduction

Seafood is important in the traditional Icelandic food
We think about food all the time. It’s a part of our daily routine and of course, it’s a staple for human survival. What we eat is not something random. It forms a part of a larger culture and also creates new traditions in most societies. Typical food becomes traditional because it is part of the history and collective...

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