Tag: Iceland

The Spectacular Icelandic Landscapes Of Vatnajökull And Jökulsárlón

The small Nordic nation of Iceland is doubtlessly full of spectacular landscapes and natural wonders worth visiting. In this respect, the Vatnajökull National Park (one of the three national parks in Iceland) offers a variety of astonishing sceneries which feature the crystal clear beauty of meadows, rivers, and ice alongside the hectic and powerful volcanic/geothermal…


Icelandic President Is Willing To Interdict Pineapple Topping On Pizza

Icelandic President Guðni Jóhannesson would like to forbidden the usage of pineapple fruit on pizzas in Iceland. He has expressed a profound distaste with respect to the exotic fruit as an ingredient on the Italian dish while on a visit in the small town of Akureyri, northern Iceland. Lately, he has stated that, if he…


The Imposing ‘Rocky Dragon’ Hvítserkur From Northwestern Iceland

On the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes peninsula in the northwest of Iceland there lies an amazing rock formation dubbed as ‘Hvítserkur’ (literally meaning ‘white shirt’ in Icelandic). The 15 metre (or approximately 50 feet) tall sea stack resembles a dragon (or a troll, depending on the angle of perspective) drinking from the North Atlantic Ocean. Hvítserkur…


Ingólfur Arnarson And The Foundation Of Iceland’s Capital City, Reykjavík

According to Landnámabók (a medieval manuscript detailing the Norse settlement of Iceland), Ingólfur Arnarson is widely ascribed to have been one of the first permanent settlers of Iceland, alongside his wife, Hallveig Fróðadóttir, and his foster brother Hjörleifur Hróðmarsson. A nobleman of Norwegian descent, Ingólfur (his name literally meaning ‘noble wolf’) was forced to leave early medieval…


The Icelandic Christmas Tradition Of Giving Books As Gifts

It is customary in Iceland to give books as gifts on Christmas Eve. This tradition should come as no surprise to foreigners as Iceland disposes of a tremendous cultural heritage with respect to literature. So it is that from the Viking Age and High Middle Ages (periods of time throughout which the Icelandic sagas and the…