History & Traditions of Iceland

Salted Fish in Iceland: A Historical Overview

From the brisk sea winds to the warm embrace of geothermal heat, Iceland has mastered the ancient art of preserving fish. Ever since the early settlers arrived, drying...
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The Icelandic Bathhouse or “Baðstofa”

The baðstofa, a central feature of traditional Icelandic turf houses, offers a unique window into Iceland’s past. Amid challenging weather conditions, this communal room became a focal point...
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When Jørgen Jørgensen became the Dog Days King of Iceland

In the annals of history, few figures have led as tumultuous and captivating a life as Jørgen Jørgensen (1780–1841). Born to Denmark’s royal watchmaker and commencing his nautical...
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From Convicts to Government: The Saga of the Prison in Reykjavik

The prison in Reykjavik was established on land from the royal estate of Arnarhóll, which was gifted to the institution. On March 20, 1759, the Danish king decreed...
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Downtown Reykjavik: A Glimpse into the Past

Downtown Reykjavik holds a treasure trove of old houses, each echoing the city’s rich history. Beyond their vibrant exteriors and distinct designs, these buildings have witnessed generations of...
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Rainbow Street and Hallgrimskirkja Church

Discover Skólavörðustígur: The Must-Visit Street of Reykjavík!

Ah, Skólavörðustígur! Stretching from the historic Skólavörðuholt to where Laugavegur meets Bankastræti, this street is nothing short of iconic. Tracing its history is like thumbing through the pages...
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Beer in Iceland: A Historical Overview

The history of beer in Iceland is a story of evolution and persistence. It stretches back to the times of the Norse settlers, navigating through an extensive period...
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The Pond in Reykjavik; a history

Tjörnin, or The Pond in English, is a shallow lake in the heart of Reykjavik. Its water comes from Vatnsmýrin to the south, and from the Pond, it...
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Ice Cream in Iceland: A Love Story

Ice cream, a beloved frozen treat enjoyed by people worldwide, has a fascinating history that stretches back thousands of years. The earliest traces of ice cream can be...
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Óli is Your Friend in Reykjavik

Get to know Your Friend in Reykjavik! When you join us for a walking tour, you will meet your special friend in Reykjavik, but getting to know them a...
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