History & Traditions of Iceland

Pirate Attack in Iceland – The Turkish Abductions

In the summer of 1627, pirates from northwest Africa kidnapped people in Grindavik, The Westman Islands, and the East Fjords and sold them into slavery in Barbary. Barbary...
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Naval Battles Around Iceland During WWII

There were a few naval battles around Iceland during WWII, with a few Icelandic fishing vessels sunk by German submarines. Iceland’s strategic location also allowed the British fleet...
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The Icelandic Language – What Makes it Special?

The Icelandic language is a fascinating and unique language spoken by around 330,000 people, primarily in Iceland. With roots in Old Norse, Icelandic has managed to maintain its...
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Iceland in World War II – How it Began

On May 10, 1940, the quiet island of Iceland was abruptly thrust into the global conflict of World War II. Operation Fork, a code name for the British...
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Winter Sports in Iceland

Iceland has a unique and varied landscape, offering visitors a range of winter sports and activities. Some popular winter sports in Iceland include skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating,...
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ICE-SAR – The Icelandic Search and Rescue

ICE-SAR (Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue) is a voluntary organization in Iceland that provides search and rescue services throughout the country. It was founded in 1937 and...
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Mörsugur – Was this the real Yule Month?

Mörsugur is the 3rd month of the winter season. It always begins in the 9th week of winter, on a Wednesday between December 20 and 27, around the...
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First Day of Winter – Gormánuður

According to the old Norse calendar, Gormánuður is the first winter month and begins on Saturday from October 21 to 27. Gormánuður doesn’t seem to have had other...
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Icelandic sheep

Haustmánuður – The Sheep Round-Up Month

Haustmánuður, or Autumn Month, was the last month of the Old Icelandic Calendar. It was the time when farmers did their sheep round-up, and the slaughter season began....
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Tvímánuður – Second to Last Summer Month in Iceland

Tvímánuður is the second to last summer month in Iceland, according to the Old Icelandic Calendar. Þingvellir in the beginning of September. Nordic and Northern European people used...
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