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History & Traditions of Iceland

Grandi Travel Guide

In this Grandi Travel Guide you will learn all the most important facts about this interesting place. Just off Reykjavík’s city centre lies the charming old harbour area...
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The So-Called “Circumstances” in Iceland During World War II

May 10, 1940—a date etched in the collective memory of Icelanders as a fateful day that forever altered the course of their history. In the peaceful early hours,...
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Why Should You Visit Thingvellir National Park?

When you think of Iceland, you likely picture stunning landscapes, geological wonders, and a rich cultural history. All these elements come together at Thingvellir National Park, a must-visit...
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Stefán is Your Friend in Reykjavik

Stefán Páll, guide for Your Friend in Reykjavik, embodies a true storyteller who finds joy in strolling through town, engaging with people, and weaving captivating tales. When choosing...
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Birna is Your Friend in Reykjavik

Your Friend in Reykjavik is more than just its guides; it’s a tapestry of dedicated professionals working diligently behind the scenes. Hailing from Akureyri – the capital of...
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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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