Where to Stay
History and Culture
Iceland was first colonized during the 700s by Norse settlers. It has been said that the island was inhabited by monks long before the settlers arrived, but archaeologists have discovered evidence that the monks left the island before they settled, and that the island was inhabited sometime before the year 874.
During the Middle Ages, Iceland fell under Norway's control. Eventually, when the Kalmar Union (the Union between Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, which caused the collective ownership of Iceland, between the three countries) ended, the ownership of Iceland shifted to Denmark and Norway, still united.
After Denmark and Norway separated, Iceland's control fell to Denmark. In the 1850's, Iceland began it's journey toward independence, which was inspired by the actions of mainland Europe. Eventually, Denmark allowed a constitution for Iceland and restricted home rule.
Many cuisines from Iceland consist of lamb meat, seafood, and dairy. Vegetables and fruits are often spoiled by the island's cold climate, so there are very rarely, if not never included into the dishes.
Sport, in Iceland, is very popular. An Icelandic form of wrestling is very popular, as is football (European football, so soccer to Americans). In fact, the icelandic football team was ranked number 15 by FIFA.
Iceland is mainly Protestant, so they mainly attend the Church of Iceland, a correspondingly protestant.