Archive for the History Category

The relationship between man and elves

Posted on August 15, 2009 by

Usually the Icelanders, before settling in a new place or constructing a new building, prefer to ask the leave to the elves that live there. there are a lot of stories that tell that, while building roads or new houses in the territory of the hidden people, it often happens that the elves of the […]

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Eric “The Red” and Leif the Lucky Man

Posted on July 13, 2009 by

Eiríkur hinn Rauði, i.e. Eric “The Red”, was one of the Vikings that arrived to Iceland. When he was banished also from this island, he left along with 500 men and started a trip Westwards. In the year 897 he got off in Greenland and here he founded the first European settlement. From here his […]

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Skeiðarársandur: one of the most tormented regions in Iceland

Skeiðarársandur: one of the most tormented regions in Iceland

Posted on June 30, 2009 by

The Skeiðarársandur is an almost desert plain that is mainly made of volcanic sands, it is crossed by a glacial river– the Skeiðará. There’s no village in this region, only a few farms. In 1996 this area was badly damaged by a avalanche caused by a volcanic explosion that originated beneath the Vatnajökull glacier. The […]

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Iceland 1996: when the Nature reveals all its power

Iceland 1996: when the Nature reveals all its power

Posted on June 25, 2009 by

Beneath the Vatnajökull ice sheet there are active volcanic areas that periodically erupt. In 1996 one of the most terrible eruptions involved the Grímsvötn volcan and created a huge avalanche that affected the Skeiðarársandur area. The heat of the volcano caused the melting of the inferior part of the ice sheet. The water that at […]

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Ingólfur Arnarson

Posted on June 17, 2009 by

The first settlements of Scandinavian navigators in Iceland seem more attempts rather than real plans of colonization. It is only in 871, when Ingólfur Arnarson landed on the island, that we can talk about a real planned settlement. He was a brave Viking warrior, that was running away from Haraldr Haarfager, tyrant in Norway. Ingólfur […]

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Borg á Mýrum

Posted on June 11, 2009 by

In ancient times, as the Egill Saga tells, Borg á Mýrum was considered the residence of Skalla-Grímur- father of Egill and first inhabitant of Borgarfjörður. There’s a sculpture of Ásmundur Sveinsson in the town, that gets inspiration from this poem, particularly from the death of Egill children- the statue is entitled “Loss of a son”

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The first Scandinavian settlements in Iceland

Posted on June 5, 2009 by

Following the suggestions of the Swedish Naddodur, Garðar Svavarsson arrived to Iceland a few years after him; he circumnavigated it and spent there the winter, founding the first settlement in Husavik. He then left, leaving in Iceland his servants, that then became the first settlers of the island. Afterwards, around 860, the Norwegian Flóki Vilgerðarson […]

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The origin of the Icelandic History

The origin of the Icelandic History

Posted on May 26, 2009 by

Iceland is quite a recent island, it was born 17 millions years ago. The first European man that documented its existence was Pitea, that in 330 B.C. saw it during his trip on the North of Great Britain and called it the “Last Thule”. Anyway, for a long time, the harsh climate, the sea that […]

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In the most secluded corner of the garden of each Icelandic house, there are three small wooden houses standing by each other. These are the álfhól, the homes of the elves.

The elves and the legend of the hidden people

Posted on April 27, 2009 by

In the most secluded corner of the garden of each Icelandic house, there are three small wooden houses standing by each other. These are the álfhól, the homes of the elves. The legend tells that the elves were also sons of Eve, the mother of all mankind. One day, God announced to Eve that He […]

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The Scandinavians discover Iceland

Posted on April 26, 2009 by

The first Scandinavian colons came from Norway most likely between the end of the IX century and the beginning of the X. They were mainly composed by groups of farmers, shepherds, craftsmen and traders that many years before run away from the despotism of the kings of Norway. At the beginning the fugitives settled on […]

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