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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...

Iceland’s Viking Past: The Settlements and The Sagas

Iceland's Vikings contributed to their history, language, and culture
Iceland is a unique place for many reasons. Not only is it a small island with fiery, active volcanoes and frosty glaciers, it also has a fascinating history. To me, one of the most interesting things about Iceland is that the modern-day inhabitants descended from the Vikings. This is not hyperbole. These Nordic conquerors settled the island in the...

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 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...

Goðafoss – Waterfall of the Gods and Key to Iceland’s History

Godafoss waterfall in Iceland has an interesting history
Iceland is the land of fire, ice…and some of the best waterfalls in the world. Many visitors come to this Nordic island searching for those stunning locations they have seen in photos and glossy travel magazines. Idyllic green pastures or dark, black, volcanic rocks contrast nicely with the mighty falls. Goðafoss waterfall is the perfect example of these types of...

The Icelandic Language: Proud Linguistic Heir of the Vikings

The Iceland flag representing its language and history
Icelandic is not one of the world's most spoken languages, nor is it in high demand at language schools. This doesn't necessarily mean that the language’s history and evolution are any less fascinating than more well-known languages such as English, Spanish, or French. If you are a lover of Viking culture, a lover of languages or are simply curious,...

Famous Icelandic People: Singers, Songwriters, Authors, and Explorers

Camera lens looking for famous people
Iceland is a small country both in terms of landmass and population. Despite this, Iceland has its fair share of several famous people. Going all the way from Viking times with explorer Leif Erikson to Iceland’s most famous singer Björk, the small Nordic nation’s contribution to culture is undeniable. Let’s take a look at some famous Icelandic people. Famous...

The Ancient Stories Written in The Iceland Viking Sagas

Every country has its history written down, either on paper, parchment scrolls or rock. Some use some artsy hieroglyphic and some others use one of the most beautiful written way: poems. Whichever way each civilization chose, we cannot deny the importance and impact such histories have in each nation. Iceland is a tiny remote island, but here, some of...

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