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"?AND THEY NAMED THE LAND ICELAND?" Iceland Off The Beaten Path Tip by Irato

Iceland Off The Beaten Path: 174 reviews and 214 photos



Going along south coast of the West Fiords you have a chance to find some obelisk in Flókalundur and read an inscription:

You just have found the site where it took place.

Thanks to VT member <A HREF=''> Bjorgvin</A> who is so kind to share knowledge about history and literature of his country and is patient enough to give answers my questions, we have this story:

“In the story it was in the spring that Flóki and some of his followers scaled a mountain in the western fjords where they had lived during the winter, and seeing the fjords to the west and north full of ice drifting in from Greenland they decided to call the land Iceland. According to the text in Landnamabók it was clearly a joint decision. When Flóki came back to Norway he did not speak very well of the country, but one of his followers said that butter was dripping from every straw there. That is why they called him Thorolf the Butter. Incidentally Flóki went back to Iceland long after his first trip, when it was almost fully settled, and bought himself a farm in the North where he lived until his dying day. - And by the way. The first Viking to sail to Iceland, drifting off course on his way to the Faroe Islands, called the land Snowland because when he left again late in the autumn snow was falling on the mountain tops in the East where he sailed from.”

Location: West Iceland (South part of the West Fiords)

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 26, 2002
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