Iceland has approximately 70 towns and villages around the island. [233], Egalitarianism is highly valued among the people of Iceland, with income inequality being among the lowest in the world. The animals of Iceland include the Icelandic sheep, cattle, chickens, goats, the sturdy Icelandic horse, and the Icelandic Sheepdog, all descendants of animals imported by Europeans. There is also a list of 1853 approved names for girls and 1712 approved names for boys. When his 3 years were up he went back to Iceland and immediately started talking up the new land he had been exploring. Akureyri is one of those towns you can visit over and over again and still manage to discover something new and see it in a totally new light. [265] Following up on this, Iceland made its debut at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. ", "The Tiny Nation of Iceland Is Crushing the U.S. in Electing Female Politicians", "Democracy Index 2016 – Economist Intelligence Unit", Corruption Perceptions Index: Transparency International, Iceland set for coalition talks after government ousted, "What Type of Government Does Iceland Have? The town houses many interesting museums, including the Museum of Rock and Roll, The Viking World Museum, The History Museum, The Maritime Centre and the Duushus café and art museum. Kópavogur. [90], The only native land mammal when humans arrived was the Arctic fox,[89] which came to the island at the end of the ice age, walking over the frozen sea. There are endless cities, towns and villages in Iceland. A few years later, Iceland became the first country to recognise the independence of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania as they broke away from the USSR. [251], On 17 June 2010, the parliament passed the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, proposing greater protection of free speech rights and the identity of journalists and whistle-blowers—the strongest journalist protection law in the world. As a result, there is a limit on how many restaurants and grocery shops you can find in each town, as well as hotels. The majority of the functions that are carried out by local governments actually happen at the municipal level. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. [184], On 22 January 2009, Iceland announced its first round of offshore licences for companies wanting to conduct hydrocarbon exploration and production in a region northeast of Iceland, known as the Dreki area. [71][133][134], Many political parties remain opposed to EU membership, primarily due to Icelanders' concern about losing control over their natural resources (particularly fisheries). [56] It was quickly becoming one of the most prosperous countries in the world, but was hit hard by a major financial crisis. [253], CCP Games, developers of the critically acclaimed EVE Online and Dust 514, is headquartered in Reykjavík. Iceland is also one of the leading countries in ocean rowing. Some great things to check out in Hafnarfjörður are the local swimming pools, the best being Suðurbæjarlaug, the excellent restaurants and cafés, Pallette, Brikk and Tilveran and the heritage museum Sívertsenhúsið. Iceland has excellent conditions for skiing, fishing, snowboarding, ice climbing and rock climbing, although mountain climbing and hiking are preferred by the general public. Polar bears occasionally visit the island, travelling on icebergs from Greenland. The nearest part of Continental Europe is mainland Norway, about 970 km (600 mi) away, while mainland North America is 2,070 km (1,290 mi) away, at the northern tip of Labrador. There is an extraordinary simplicity to the living in Iceland but yet every community seems to have its own identity and own way of living. [249], Singer-songwriter Björk received international acclaim for her starring role in the Danish musical drama Dancer in the Dark, directed by Lars von Trier, in which she plays Selma Ježková, a factory worker who struggles to pay for her son's eye operation. Reykjavík is by far the most populous municipality, about four times more populous than Kópavogur, the second one.[71]. Some of the most interesting places to visit in Kópavogur are the swimming pools, Kópavogslaug and Salalaug, the mall Smáralind and Gerðarsafn – Kópavogur Art Museum. USD. Wild mammals include the Arctic fox, mink, mice, rats, rabbits, and reindeer. In South Iceland there are quite a few small towns and villages. It is a town of history, of arts, of skiing, of amazing cuisine and of Brynja ice cream, the best in the biz. The Iceland Defense Force (IDF) was a military command of the United States Armed Forces from 1951 to 2006. Handball is often referred to as the national sport. It is also located within the capital region but it is the westernmost point of the region. The government represents the Left Green Movement, the Independence Party and the Progressive Party In most cases, however, the concept of… It truly is one of the best! In grammar and vocabulary, it has changed less from Old Norse than the other Nordic languages; Icelandic has preserved more verb and noun inflection, and has to a considerable extent developed new vocabulary based on native roots rather than borrowings from other languages. Reykjavik is Iceland’s capital and houses over two-thirds of the population. Akranes is a little off the Ring Road if you make a turn at … Their annual festival is the Kótilettan which is a BBQ festival hosted in mid-June. Instead, new banks were established to take on the domestic operations of the banks, and the old banks were to be run into bankruptcy. Possibly the best time to come to Siglufjörður is in the winter, when … RKV serves general aviation traffic, and has daily or regular domestic flights to 12 local townships within Iceland. [175][176] A 2000 report from the University of Iceland suggested that Iceland could potentially convert from oil to hydrogen power by 2040. [41][42] A great smallpox epidemic in the 18th century killed around a third of the population. In 1996, the Icelandic parliament passed legislation to create registered partnerships for same-sex couples, conferring nearly all the rights and benefits of marriage. The Government of Iceland established an embassy in Copenhagen and requested that Denmark carry out on its behalf certain defence and foreign affairs matters, subject to consultation with the Althing. [193] A 2010 UNESCO report found that out of 72 countries that spend the most on R&D (100 million US dollars or more), Iceland ranked 9th by proportion of GDP, tied with Taiwan, Switzerland, and Germany and ahead of France, the UK, and Canada. The eight regions are primarily used for statistical purposes. Retrieved 24 March 2010", News – Iceland second in the world's quality of life index, "Inequality-adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI)", "Eurostat – Tables, Graphs and Maps Interface (TGM) table", "Are too many tourists visiting Iceland? Polar bears occasionally come over from Greenland, but they are just visitors, and no Icelandic populations exist. Lessons take place five days a week. As of 2020, he is the first and only person to achieve the Ocean Explorers Grand Slam (performing open-water crossings on each of the five oceans using human-powered vessels) and has claimed overall speed Guinness World Records for the fastest rowing of all four oceans (Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Arctic) in a human-powered row boat. It is a colorful city with an interesting history and quirky side streets. [203] People from Greenland attempted to set up a settlement at Vinland in North America, but abandoned it in the face of hostility from the indigenous residents. It is a town of history, of arts, of skiing, of amazing cuisine and of Brynja ice cream, the best in the biz. The largest seat of higher education is the University of Iceland, which has its main campus in central Reykjavík. Traditional dishes also include skyr (a yoghurt-like cheese), hákarl (cured shark), cured ram, singed sheep heads, and black pudding, Flatkaka (flat bread), dried fish and dark rye bread traditionally baked in the ground in geothermal areas. Notable Icelandic music acts include medieval music group Voces Thules, alternative and indie rock acts such as The Sugarcubes, Sóley and Of Monsters and Men, jazz fusion band Mezzoforte, pop singers such as Hafdís Huld, Emilíana Torrini and Björk, solo ballad singers like Bubbi Morthens, and post-rock bands such as Amiina and Sigur Rós. so many like to hike the mountain and then visit the town. Grímsvötn is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, and this eruption was much more powerful than the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull activity, with ash and lava hurled 20 km (12 mi) into the atmosphere, creating a large cloud.[84]. An Icelandic independence movement took shape in the 1850s under the leadership of Jón Sigurðsson, based on the burgeoning Icelandic nationalism inspired by the Fjölnismenn and other Danish-educated Icelandic intellectuals. Reykjavík’s main attractions are its swimming pools. [102] Following the 2016 elections, 48% of members of parliament are female. Akureyri is the first town we mention which is located far away from the Reykjavík but it is often named the capital of the North, stating its significance and size compared to the other settlements in the North. [255] The United Nations International Telecommunication Union ranks the country third in its development of information and communications technology, having moved up four places between 2008 and 2010. The most widely recognized landmark is the famous. Originating in the 14th century, rímur were popular into the 19th century, when the development of new literary forms was provoked by the influential, National-Romantic writer Jónas Hallgrímsson. Some 500 Icelanders under the leadership of Erik the Red settled Greenland in the late 10th century. 10. Drangajökull glacier is special in Iceland as it is the only one whose height does not exceed 1000m and, unlike many others, it thankfully hasn’t receded in recent years. Despite its northerly location, Iceland is really more solar than polar, thanks to the warming effects of the Gulf Stream which provides a temperate climate year-round. The extent of the political power possessed by the office of the president is disputed by legal scholars[which? [88] Only a few small birch stands now exist in isolated reserves. [215] According to an OECD report, Iceland devotes far more resources to healthcare than most industrialised nations. The town houses many interesting museums, including the Museum of Rock and Roll, The Viking World Museum, The History Museum, The Maritime Centre and the Duushus café and art museum. [45] In the years following the eruption, known as the Mist Hardships (Icelandic: Móðuharðindin), over half of all livestock in the country died. Kopavogur, Iceland’s second largest city, is located in the Capital … [228], In contrast to other Nordic countries, Icelanders place relatively great importance on independence and self-sufficiency; in a public opinion analysis conducted by the European Commission, over 85% of Icelanders believe independence is "very important", compared to 47% of Norwegians, 49% of Danes, and an average of 53% for the EU25. In 2016, Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson resigned after being implicated in the Panama Papers scandal. [83], Another large eruption occurred on 21 May 2011. Important compositions since the 15th to the 19th century include sacred verse, most famously the Passion Hymns of Hallgrímur Pétursson, and rímur, rhyming epic poems. For its size, Iceland imports and translates more international literature than any other nation. , most commonly linked to being the town of lava, elves and Vikings. Many bridges on it, especially in the north and east, are single lane and made of timber and/or steel. Even so, we see an increased interest in people wanting to use Icelandic names when it comes to … You can easily spend days roaming around Reykjavik, the city has a special way of surprising you in new ways every day. Rímur are epic tales, usually a cappella, which can be traced back to skaldic poetry, using complex metaphors and elaborate rhyme schemes. In the 1980s, many Icelandic artists worked with the subject of the new painting in their work. It’s a little out-of-the-way, being in the remote Westfjords in the far north of the country. Mosfellsbær is the small farm town within Reykjavík, occupied by those who are looking to find peace, big gardens and a natural connection but still stay close to Reykjavík. Icelandic culture has its roots in North Germanic traditions. [81] Additional eruptions on 14 April forced hundreds of people to abandon their homes. Geysir has since grown quieter and does not erupt often. On rare occasions, bats have been carried to the island with the winds, but they are not able to breed there. Generally speaking, the south coast is warmer, wetter, and windier than the north. See more about the climate and seasons in Iceland. Pirates from several countries, including the Barbary Coast, raided Iceland's coastal settlements and abducted people into slavery. The closest bodies of land in Europe are the Faroe Islands (420 km, 260 mi); Jan Mayen Island (570 km, 350 mi); Shetland and the Outer Hebrides, both about 740 km (460 mi); and the Scottish mainland and Orkney, both about 750 km (470 mi). Icelanders are avid consumers of literature, with the highest number of bookstores per capita in the world. Iceland is divided into regions, constituencies and municipalities. Iceland has a left–right multi-party system. Iceland is generally included in Europe for geographical, historical, political, cultural, linguistic and practical reasons. Located along the south western shores of the country, in the Faxa Bay area is, Reykjavik – the capital and the largest city of Iceland. It is the most sparsely populated and the westernmost country in Europe. Afterwards he was put on trial and banished from Iceland for 3 years. Geothermally heated outdoor pools are widespread, and swimming courses are a mandatory part of the national curriculum. The elections for president, the Althing, and local municipal councils are all held separately every four years. Starlight, you ask the most difficult questions!!! Iceland - 10 Largest Cities. [116] However, in 2013, opinion polls showed that many Icelanders were now against joining the EU; following the 2013 Icelandic parliamentary election the two parties that formed the island's new government—the centrist Progressive Party and the right-wing Independence Party—announced they would hold a referendum on EU membership.[117][118]. [159], According to Bloomberg, Iceland is on the trajectory of 2% unemployment as a result of crisis-management decisions made back in 2008, including allowing the banks to fail. [94], Commercial whaling is practised intermittently[95][96] along with scientific whale hunts. The Hot Dog stand down by Dominos and Subway is also a must-do stop, where you can get your carb-load going with fantastic hot dogs, subs, sandwiched and pitas. There is a lovely café right by so you can spend a lot of time there. Esja so many like to hike the mountain and then visit the town. The most popular websites are the news sites Vísir and Mbl.is. Steinn Steinarr was an influential modernist poet during the early 20th century who remains popular. [267][268] Iceland has also won the second most World's Strongest Man competitions of any country with nine titles, including four by both Magnús Ver Magnússon and Jón Páll Sigmarsson and most recently Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson in 2018. [165] KEF is in the vicinity of the larger metropolitan capital areas, 49 km (30 mi)[166] to the WSW of Reykjavík center, and public bus services are available.[167]. Lying on the constantly active geologic border between North America and Europe, Iceland is a land of vivid contrasts of climate, geography, and culture. [49] In 1941, the Government of Iceland, friendly to Britain, invited the then-neutral United States to take over its defence so that Britain could use its troops elsewhere.[48]. Rather than using family names, as is the usual custom in most Western nations, Icelanders carry patronymic or matronymic surnames, patronyms being far more commonly practiced. Iceland is closer to continental Europe than to mainland North America, although it is closest to Greenland (290 km, 180 mi), an island of North America. The main meal of the day for most Icelanders is dinner, which usually involves fish or lamb as the main course. Akureyri Airport (AEY)[170] and Egilsstaðir Airport (EGS)[171] are two other domestic airports with limited international service capacity. This biggest town of the municipality is Neskaupsstaður but the biggest town in the Eastfjords is. Once having landed at Keflavík airport Reykjanesbær is the first settlement you will see and is really a great place to spend the first night or last before your flight. Hymns, both religious and secular, are a particularly well-developed form of music, due to the scarcity of musical instruments throughout much of Iceland's history. Also, the name should contain letters that occur in the Icelandic alphabet. [34] The period of these early settlements coincided with the Medieval Warm Period, when temperatures were similar to those of the early 20th century. On 28 October 2008, the Icelandic government raised interest rates to 18% (as of August 2019[update], it was 3.5%), a move forced in part by the terms of acquiring a loan from International Monetary Fund (IMF). But an enormous round of applause to you for wanting to try Icelandic - it's a tough language to come to terms with.. Heimey - according to my copy of Portable Icelandic, the ey and ei are pronounced as the 'ay' in 'day' - so Haymay. Selfoss is the biggest town along the South Coast and has many great restaurants and a fantastic swimming pool. Throughout the 1990s, the country expanded its international role and developed a foreign policy oriented toward humanitarian and peacekeeping causes. Reykjanesbær is the first municipality on the list but the most recognized area is the town of Keflavík, the one that the international airport takes its name after. Can you rejoin the two halves of these Icelandic city names? Icelanders have freedom of religion guaranteed under the Constitution, although the Church of Iceland, a Lutheran body, is the state church: The Evangelical Lutheran Church shall be the State Church in Iceland and, as such, it shall be supported and protected by the State. [50] Iceland formally became a republic on 17 June 1944, with Sveinn Björnsson as its first president. The Icelandic Commonwealth lasted until the 13th century, when the political system devised by the original settlers proved unable to cope with the increasing power of Icelandic chieftains. A new left-wing government was formed a week later and immediately set about removing Central Bank governor Davíð Oddsson and his aides from the bank through changes in law. It seems that Iceland’s first name was “Snowland” because of … Although "Republic of Iceland" is found in some documents, it does not have official status. - download this royalty free Vector in seconds. This is low compared with other countries (over one million species have been described worldwide). It truly is one of the best! Reykjavik. Iceland is also a world-class destination for alpine ski touring and Telemark skiing, with the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland being the main centre of activity. [264] The main traditional sport in Iceland is Glíma, a form of wrestling thought to have originated in medieval times. This paved road is 1,332 km (828 mi)[163] long with one lane in each direction, except near larger towns and cities and in the Hvalfjörður Tunnel where it has more lanes. Fun Fact: There is also an Arborg in Manitoba, Canada. Icelandic names are used on the island nation of Iceland. [citation needed] In 1980, Icelanders elected Vigdís Finnbogadóttir as president, the world's first directly elected female head of state. [160], Iceland has a high level of car ownership per capita, with a car for every 1.5 inhabitants; it is the main form of transport. The movie also led Björk to nominations for Best Original Song at the 73rd Academy Awards, with the song I've Seen It All and for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama. USD, 206 The most common tree native to Iceland is the northern birch (Betula pubescens), which formerly formed forests over much of Iceland, along with aspens (Populus tremula), rowans (Sorbus aucuparia), common junipers (Juniperus communis), and other smaller trees, mainly willows. They are also responsible for ensuring that the curriculum is suitable so as to make the transition into compulsory education as easy as possible. [70], Many fjords punctuate Iceland's 4,970-km-long (3,088-mi) coastline, which is also where most settlements are situated. Garðabær is the town between Hafnarfjörður and Kópavogur, still located within the capital region. Then came a Viking named Flóki Vilgerðarson; his daughter drowned en route, then his livestock starved to death. Fjarðabyggð is the only one making the list from the, but this municipality is made up from the towns of Eskifjörður, Neskaupsstaður, Reyðarfjörður, Austurbyggð, Fáskrúðsfjarðarhreppur, Mjóafjarðarhreppur and Breiðadalshreppur. Akranes is also famous for its lighthouse the, Akranesviti lighthouse, but its lighthouse keeper is known for being exceptionally sweet and informative! Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}65°N 18°W / 65°N 18°W / 65; -18. After a phase of inactivity, Geysir started erupting again after a series of earthquakes in 2000. Iceland is ranked 27th in the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, lower than in prior years but still among the freest in the world. The surrounding towns and villages are Njarðvík, Grindavík and Sandgerði but the municipality is located on the lava covered, . The city and town name generator uses a database of over five million names across more than 150 countries. After the break-up of the union in 1523, it remained a Norwegian dependency, as a part of Denmark–Norway. You can use it to look for nearby towns and suburbs if you live in a metropolis area, or you can search for cities near another city, or … The Black Death swept Iceland twice, first in 1402–1404 and again in 1494–1495. [183] Nevertheless, in 2010, Iceland was noted by Guinness World Records as "the Greenest Country", reaching the highest score by the Environmental Sustainability Index, which measures a country's water use, biodiversity and adoption of clean energies, with a score of 93.5/100. Iceland was founded more than 1,000 years ago during the Viking age of exploration and settled by a mixed Norse and Celtic population. World Airport Codes offers several ways of navigating to the airport page of your interest. [33] By 930, most arable land on the island had been claimed; the Althing, a legislative and judicial assembly, was initiated to regulate the Icelandic Commonwealth. [93] Marine mammals include the grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) and harbor seal (Phoca vitulina). From our time spent in Iceland and feedback gathered from our travel network here is our Top 10 of the best and most beautiful places to visit in Iceland… Gullfoss Waterfall – one of the most famously stunning places to visit in Iceland. [82] The resultant cloud of volcanic ash brought major disruption to air travel across Europe. The World's Longest Place Names Ranked From Long To Very Very Long Indeed Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu? Egils saga, Laxdæla saga, Grettis saga, Gísla saga and Gunnlaugs saga ormstungu are also notable and popular Icelanders' sagas. So he got on a boat and spent the 3 years of banishment sailing around and exploring a pretty much unknown area that was near Iceland. The artist run gallery space Kling og Bang, members of which later ran the studio complex and exhibition venue Klink og Bank, has been a significant part of the trend of self-organised spaces, exhibitions and projects. The closest living relative of the Icelandic language is Faroese. Shop online at Iceland Groceries and explore award winning products and convenient delivery slots. However, playschools, primary schools, and lower secondary schools are funded and administered by the municipalities. Icelandic explorer and endurance athlete Fiann Paulholds the highest number of performance-based Guinness World Records within a single athletic discipline. Iceland's stock market, the Iceland Stock Exchange (ISE), was established in 1985.[141]. We’d suggest that’s a mistake – there’s a lot to see and do here, and we will be writing a whole post soon on what to see and do in Reykjavik. It is also located within the capital region but it is the westernmost point of the region. [224][225] The above statistics represent administrative membership of religious organisations, which does not necessarily reflect the belief demographics of the population. 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