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    When I think of Iceland I picture Jon Pall Sigmarsson, Magnus ver Magnusson, and other strong men. In fact the only tv program that I ever seen that dealt with Iceland was on the travel channel and showed and American Football player competing in a strongman contest in Iceland.


    I really liked the part about the fisherman lifting stones to see who would get the largest part of the catch, I am sure that this was more of a tradition.

    It is only a six hour flight for me so I was thinking of visiting and then the volcano happened, wasn't interested in seeing a soot covered island.

    I love fishing and the outdoors and it seems like a great place to visit. I also would like to see a Glima contest. I have wrestled, studied judo, and am now a brazilian jiu jitsu player and it seems like something I would like.

    Perhaps even a good place to meet some beautiful Icelandic women : o)

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    What do I think about Iceland

    Land of Fire & Ice. The first settler society. It is part of Europe by curtesy, it is just as close to the North American plate (maybe closer) as the European. Sparcely populated, may have been the most Nordish country until recently. Ridiculously progressive & egalitarian on social issues.

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    When I think of Iceland I envision an island that melds fire and ice inhabited by a homogenous people and culture. Iceland, to me, shouldn't be corrupted by foreign immigration since it's a sparsely populated country and capable of losing its cultural identity quickly. However, due to the "executive choices" of our politicians and interests it is hard to avoid foreign immigration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric
    Land of Fire & Ice. The first settler society. It is part of Europe by curtesy, it is just as close to the North American plate (maybe closer) as the European. Sparcely populated, may have been the most Nordish country until recently. Ridiculously progressive & egalitarian on social issues.
    What do you mean by first settler society? We are natives in our own land. We came here first. There was nobody else here. Iceland is situated in two continents.

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    When I think of Iceland I picture Jon Pall Sigmarsson, Magnus ver Magnusson, and other strong men. In fact the only tv program that I ever seen that dealt with Iceland was on the travel channel and showed and American Football player competing in a strongman contest in Iceland.


    I really liked the part about the fisherman lifting stones to see who would get the largest part of the catch, I am sure that this was more of a tradition.

    It is only a six hour flight for me so I was thinking of visiting and then the volcano happened, wasn't interested in seeing a soot covered island.

    I love fishing and the outdoors and it seems like a great place to visit. I also would like to see a Glima contest. I have wrestled, studied judo, and am now a brazilian jiu jitsu player and it seems like something I would like.

    Perhaps even a good place to meet some beautiful Icelandic women : o)
    Although they are often strong, as are the women, most Icelandic men look nothing like these athletes, nor are such sports popular here. Hardly anyone here is interested in Glíma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thulean View Post
    What do you mean by first settler society? We are natives in our own land. We came here first. There was nobody else here. Iceland is situated in two continents.

    That might not be true, there are stories about munks living there before we Norwegians settled Iceland.

    The Íslendingabók of Ari Thorgilsson claims that the Norse settlers encountered Gael monks from a Hiberno-Scottish mission when they first arrived in Iceland. However there is no archaeological evidence for a monastic settlement from the British & Irish Isles on the island.
    The first written source to mention the existence of Iceland is a book by the Irish monk Dicuil, De mensura orbis terrae, which dates back to 825. Dicuilus claimed to have met some Irish monks who had lived on the island of Thule

    Additionally, Iceland is only about 450 kilometers from the Faroes which had been visited by Irish monks in the 500s, and settled by the Norse around 650.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Settlem...d#Celtic_monks

    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric View Post
    Land of Fire & Ice. The first settler society. It is part of Europe by curtesy, it is just as close to the North American plate (maybe closer) as the European. Sparcely populated, may have been the most Nordish country until recently. Ridiculously progressive & egalitarian on social issues.
    I dont think so, Iceland is pretty mixed between Scandinavian and Celtic stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir;
    That might not be true, there are stories about munks living there before we Norwegians settled Iceland.





    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Settlem...d#Celtic_monks
    Please refrain from trying to educate me about elementary school stuff regarding my own history. Almost all Icelanders have a very high degree of historical knowledge about their own country.

    The Norweigans who came to Iceland came to Iceland because they did not feel like being subjects to the Norweigan king anymore, and founded a different kind of place, based on different rules, the oldest republic in this part of the world, with the longest standing parliament. They were spiritually very different people to the Norweigans who stayed behind, content with their limited independence, and viewed in that light, we do not ever consider them Norweigans. And with all due respect, ordinary Norweigans did not develop the sort of high literary culture as was developed here, nor did they go explore the Americas, due to the simple fact they were a very different, more content, kind of people.

    Had there been a Celtic settlement of some sort here before their arrival, that would not change anything, as we are a Celtic/Nordic people from the start, the Nordic part came from that part of Norway most heavily influenced by the Irish already, and there were a few proper "settlers" as you call it from Ireland as well as Norway, not just slaves and monks. There were also irish slaves, but Iceland was the first nation in the world to abolish slavery, which was abolished very shortly after the foundation of the country. Settler is a fitting term for people such as the "European" people who came to the Americans, but not to Natives in their own land and using it about the people of Iceland without making this important distinction, is to suggest the people of Iceland have a claim to their own land comparable with the kind of claim a German Nubian has to Nubia, which is a despicable, although utterly ridicilos, falsehood, and we never use such terms about ourselves.

    The monks did come here, that is not even debated, but monks do not procreate. There are fables few give credence to, fabricated fairly recently, about the country being heavily populated by Celts who then were chased out, similar to what happened in England, but there is no real foundation for them. But taking into consideration who we are, even if such unfounded fairy tales were true, we remain who we are; Natives in Our Own Land, and no mere "settlers".

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    I really like that the ætt-mentality still lives on in Iceland. The nature is pretty fascinating although not as beautiful as in Scandinavia .
    I'm pretty worried about the marxist tendencies of the youngsters though. The only good it brings is an anti-capitalist attitude but that's about it.

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    I had the pleasure of visiting Iceland in 2007 when I went on s school trip (it was Iceland that I discovered the Norse Gods :p).
    I found it to be an absolutely gorgeous country with stunning scenery and the people were even nicer.
    I loved being in Iceland, and I want to go back so badly. I made friends whilst I was there, too. Very dear friends of mine.

    All in all, I love Iceland. ^^

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