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The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle. That’s our answer when asked about one of the most popular tourist route in Iceland. There is no surprise that hundreds of thousands of tourist visiting Iceland travel this magnificant route each year to lay eye on some of Iceland´s most unique landmarks. One of those is the historical site Þingvellir, where the [...]

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The Viking Heritage

We have often heard from foreigners that visit Iceland, that Icelanders are very proud of their heritage. Now being Icelanders ourselves, we often fall into the same trap, of becoming quite “nationalistic”. Maybe not a surprise then that foreigners frequently find themselves in a conversation with a local about the significance of the Icelandic heritage, [...]

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Ásatrú – the religion of the Vikings

The Vikings believed in Ásatrú, the original religion in Iceland and the old Viking pagan religion. The beginning of the world According to Ásatrú, there was nothing in the beginning of the world apart from Ginnungargap. Ginnungargap, was bordered to Niflheimur, which was the place of darkness and ice and to Múspellsheimur, the place of [...]

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8 ways to step in the trails of the Icelandic Vikings

First, let’s talk a bit about history… Iceland is believed to have been permanently settled around 874, by Ingólfur Arnarson. According to Landsnámabók, (The Book of Settlement), Ingólfur Arnarson threw carved pillars overboard his ship, vowing to settle wherever the pillars landed. They drifted to Reykjavík where Ingólfur Arnarson settled. Ingólfur was the first Viking [...]

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Thingvellir National Park – world heritage

Thingvellir National Park is important because of its history, geology and cultural importance History Icelanders founded the world´s first parliament Alþingi at Thingvellir National Park in 930. During the Common Wealth, Iceland was divided into quarters and each quarter had nine Goðar or Chieftains, apart from North Iceland, which had three further Chieftains. All together Iceland had [...]

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How the refrigerator destroyed a whole business segment and other similar tales of creative destruction

In the times before the refrigerator, there was a lot of money to be made in Iceland when ships were built to transport ice from the north, to Europe, so that food and drinks could be cool in the summer time. With the invention of the refrigerator, a lot of jobs became obsolete so the [...]

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Bridges and tunnels in Iceland

Bridges and tunnels in Iceland have been critical for domestic sustainability and infrastructure. They enable the Ring Road to connect the country. The Ring Road is popular with tourists as many sights of interest are not far from it and it covers most of the country. Iceland´s longest bridges: Skeiðará bridge: 880 meters – Opened in [...]

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