the love of freedom and adventure
that inspired the first Vikings to make their homes in the territory of
Iceland in the ninth century. The Icelanders are of Scandinavian
origin, with some early blending of Celtic blood. Freedom and respect
for individual are still at the heart of twentieth-century Iceland, a
parliamentary democracy and a showcase of political stability.
will find that Iceland is a
classless society with a strong literary tradition. Delight in culture
has been an inseparable part of the Icelander´s character and
identity ever since they wrote the medieval Sagas which rank with the
classics of world literature. Activity flourishes in all branches of
the creative and performing arts.
culture is just as diverse as the
landscape. Iceland is far more than just unspoiled nature. Iceland is
also famous writers, composers, actors and artists such as Halldor
Laxnes, Leifs, Jóhannson and Björk. Attractions
Reykjavik art-festival, museums, and food like smoked salmon and
Icelanders harvest their food
directly from the clean, unspoiled nature. Seafood, mushrooms, berries,
reindeer, and the famous lamb. In recent years Icelandic cooks have
learned how to turn the countries eatable resources into gourmet
dishes. The cooks have learned from international trends to preserve
the essence of Iceland's raw materials so one can say that Icelandic
cuisine is international.
is different from most other
countries. It is mountainous and situated between Greenland and Norway.
It is the second largest island of Europe and its guardian in the west
with rather a sparse population. About 20% of its area are populated.
The central highlands and parts of the northwest are uninhabited.
have to be prepared for the rapid
changes in the weather and change clothes accordingly. It is better to
be familiar with the road system, both the roads and streets in the
inhabited areas and the tracks in the central highlands, if a trip is
planned in the interior. Rules and regulations concerning off road
driving, the sensitive vegetation at this latitude and lava formations
have to be taken into account as well. Nature in this country is raw,
and there are more dangers to be taken into account than the weather
(snowstorms, hurricane force winds), such as unbridged rivers,
crevassed glaciers, volcanoes, geothermal areas and merciless seas.
the Gulf Stream, the whole
country would be covered with a shield of ice. The average temperature
of the warmest month is about 12°C (54°F) and of the
month about 0°C (32°F). Usually it is considerably
the mountains. Warm, wind-, and waterproof clothes are highly
recommended and lighter clothes for nice weather as well.
Icelanders are friendly and polite
people overall. They are very helpful, well educated, and usually
fluent in foreign languages. They are less dependant on external
services when it comes to inviting people to lunch or dinner than
people elsewhere in Europe. An invitation to a meal usually means
homemade food and an evening at home. The character of the Icelander
probably was best described in this sentence: "The average Icelander is
somewhat shy, but proud and is not familiar with any class distinction,
and therefore behaves like an aristodemocrate".