How is life in Iceland

More about Iceland introduction

Ice and fire meet in rough Iceland. The island in Europe's far north is characterized by an untamed, fascinating Naur. Although it is just below the Arctic Circle, it can be milder here in winter than in Berlin, for example. The landscape of Iceland is wild and romantic at the same time: steep cliffs that drop abruptly into narrow fjords, deep gorges, extensive glaciers with their moraines, black-sand deserts, rumbling volcanoes and boiling geysers (an Icelandic word) characterize the island.

Learn more about Iceland, e.g. B. on the exciting Icelandic history, the diverse sights or shopping opportunities on the following pages. Practical information and a map of Iceland will help you prepare for your trip to Iceland.

How the Icelanders live

The capital Reykjavik literally glistens in the pure northern air; there is hardly a cleaner city. Ironically, its name means "smoking bay". Smoke, or rather water vapor, was the first thing that the city's founder, Ingólfur Arnarson, saw rising here in the 9th century from those hot springs that heat the city today and keep it smoke-free. Today's Reykjavík offers clean air as well as lovely restaurants where you can eat wonderfully fresh fish. When the National Theater has an evening without play, the people of the capital probably hide in their homes with a good book. Icelanders are famous for publishing more books per capita than any other nation. There has been diligent writing, reading and narration here since the time of the old heroic sagas.

How Iceland "ticks"

You don't have to go far to escape "big city life" because Iceland is the least densely populated country in Europe (around 334,000 inhabitants). Most townspeople own a country house where they fish or bird watch. Those looking for "true" wilderness should go to the Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) off the south coast. The youngest of the islands, Surtsey, emerged from the sea during a volcanic eruption in 1963 and is still uninhabited. It is considered a paradise for birds, plants and wildflowers.

You can get a first impression of Iceland in the video from Mase Power Productions:

History and the forces of nature have often been cruel to the people who have inhabited the island for over a thousand years. The plague, famine and natural disasters have shaped the character of the northerners and Celts who settled here. A tough and strong people developed in which Nordic fatalism and self-confidence are combined with the sensitivity and curiosity of the Celts.