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Dagna
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009, 10:05 PM
Icelanders, the Pulse of Iceland

The key to knowing any new place or a country is to get to know its people better. The people are the pulse of the country and a slight interaction with them will tell you how exactly your exploration ground is going to be. Meeting the right people gives that initial incentive to know more about a place and sets the mood for a great and enriching experience. But meeting the wrong ones can be a little upsetting at times. But when you come to Iceland, you do not need to be worried about the latter, because people in Iceland are extremely warm and hospitable. And knowing and talking to them will only make your voyage a sweeter and memorable one to cherish.

So let us set out to know a little more about the Icelanders, their history, their traditions and customs.

Icelanders are known to be very sharp people and are all well educated. They are highly patriotic people and very proud of what their country has achieved inspite of the climatic odds. Also they are law-abiding citizens and do not tolerate any compromise on this account by anyone and abhor illegal activities. This just goes to show how disciplined and socially responsible citizens they are.

Most of Iceland is sparsely populated and people are concentrated in specific areas such as those around valleys and coastal belts. There may be some differences observed when you see the city and the village crowd. The city ones being a little more reserved and the village ones being a little more outgoing. Though initially some people may appear to be a little reserved, but once they know you and the reason for your visit, they highly appreciate it and are at the same time very excited. Icelanders generally greet each other with a kiss on the cheek and refer to each other by their first names only. They are indeed very cultured and cordial and generously entertain guests at their own houses instead of hotels or restaurants. This speaks volumes about their hospitality.

Icelanders are people who like to enjoy, look good and dress well. They are all well groomed especially during the weekends, when they don their favorite outfits and party hard. They are also exceptionally good looking people-tall and blonde. Many Icelandic men are fond of Southeast Asian brides, especially those from Thailand and that makes Asian faces quite a familiar sight here.

People in Iceland like to gift each other often. So it is generally the trend to give gifts if invited for a dinner or a party. In general, people prefer casual clothing but do dress formally when the occasion demands and stick to all the formalities that need to be followed for the same. One of the customs in Iceland is to leave your shoes outside if you are entering someone’s house.

The language spoken by the people here is Icelandic that is in reality a derivative of the old English and hence is a little difficult to speak and understand. But there is no need to be worried, as Icelanders are very good English speakers.

And finally, Iceland surely gives you that peace and warmth that you might have set out to find. Surely you won’t be disappointed!

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Hauke Haien
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009, 10:38 PM
There may be some differences observed when you see the city and the village crowd. The city ones being a little more reserved and the village ones being a little more outgoing.
Interesting inversion of patterns observed elsewhere. What might be the reason for that, or is it just travel guide nonsense?


Many Icelandic men are fond of Southeast Asian brides, especially those from Thailand and that makes Asian faces quite a familiar sight here.
Oh my, how wonderful.


The language spoken by the people here is Icelandic that is in reality a derivative of the old English
In which reality is the question though.