It is rather rare to visit a country which has only been inhabited for just over a millennium….
However it is one of the first cases of “massive” cosmopolitan immigration into a true terra nullius!
Icelanders are descendants of Vikings…sure, but also Celtic people! It’s quite amazing when one thinks that of my interest for Ireland, Scotland and Canada, to discover how closely connected these countries are!
My love for stories only grew from that encounter with the sagas….and the recent discoveries about the Vikings’ saga in Vinland (Newfoundland) certainly prompt to me a visit there this summer!
And discovering that my hostess, Catherine Eyjólfsson, the remarkable translator I mentioned in my previous papers on Iceland was just as multicultural and cosmopolitan as I was is one more proof of how enriching are our multiple perceptions of a world of which we are true citizens! With a Swedish mother and an Austro-Hungarian Jewish father, she grew up in French Brittany, studied and worked in Paris, married an Icelander and spent most of her holidays in Corsica….
Þjóðminjasafn Íslands ….
I learnt a lot about the origins and way of life of this settlement…
English guided tour every Friday at 12:10! I warmly recommend this is as
Reproduction of the 1927 Danish exhibition of Icelandic painters