Tag: Iceland

Why Greenland Is Not That Green And Iceland Not That Icy?

It is quite interesting to observe the fact that most of the terrain of Greenland is not that green and, likewise, that most of Iceland isn’t as ice capped as Greenland. But if Greenland is not that green and Iceland is not that icy, how come they ended up named so? Historical background Putting aside…


The History Of The Turf Houses In The Faroe Islands And Iceland

The tradition of building houses with turf roofs in the Faroe Islands and Iceland dates back to the Viking Age. These architectural structures are the result of the climate on these islands, the requirements of the Norse society that settled them during the early Middle Ages, and last but not least of the local environmental…


Top 5 Greatest Viking Longships Of Contemporary Times

Here is a top of the five greatest Viking Age longships built in contemporary times. The following are either replicas of well known Viking longships or vessels that have been built from scratch, based on the concept of the ships used by the Norsemen during the early Middle Ages. For this top, there have been…


1,000-year-old Viking Age Sword Discovered In Southern Iceland

In September, 2016, a group of five goose hunters discovered a millenary quite well-preserved Viking Age sword somewhere in the Skaftárhreppur municipality from Iceland. The five men stumbled upon the artefact by chance, while on a goose hunting trip in the south of the country. A member of the goose hunters group, Rúnar Sighvatsson, stated that…


Íslandsklukkur – Instrumental Icelandic Folk Music

The folk music of Iceland has a long standing history, with many songs dating back to at least the 14th century. The main themes around which most of the folk compositions revolve are often represented by the Norse mythology (including mythical creatures such as elves or huldufólk – i.e. hidden people – as well as…