A Brief History of the Viking in Iceland


The history of the Viking in Iceland is vast. Find out more below!

The Early Days of Iceland

The residents of Iceland came from ancient Vikings. The Irish monks had been the inhabitants of Iceland before the Vikings broke in and forcefully took charge of the country, leaving the Irish monks empty and greatly distanced them. This caused them to give up on the country, so they had to leave it for the Vikings to continue to occupy.

Following the entrance of the Vikings, so many names were put into consideration to give to the great land of fire and ice. The land was almost called Snaeland or Thule, but none were a good fit for the land.

While these thoughts were put into place, Hrafna-Flóki visited and inhabited the land during the winter. He had gone up to one of the mountains close to Flókalundurone. There he stood looking at the fjords that were filled with ice, and he had the realization and called it The Iceland. And that was how the country started, and the name Hrafna-Flóki became one of the most known Viking in Iceland.

The Term ‘Viking’

Many have different perceptions of the term “Vikings,” who they were and what they represent. In the real sense, it’s quite difficult to tell in clear terms. In some languages, it’s used to describe a person who sails often. For some other persons, it’s some sort of occupation or profession. According to history, Vikings is a term used to describe one who is violent, judging from the fact that they attacked, kidnapped, and forcefully robbed several villages towns amongst several other atrocities as they journeyed across the sea to Iceland. A lot of the male inhabitants are from Nordic countries from Norway, while a lot of the females are from the British isles. 

Fast forward to the later days of Iceland, Ingólfur Arnarsson was recognized as the first man to settle in Iceland, because he settled there permanently together with his brother and his followers.

Facts about the Viking in Iceland

1.  A lot of people believed that the Vikings in Iceland wore hats with horns fixed on them, but that’s on the contrary because they didn’t. Instead, the helmets they wore were made of metals, having the same features as that of those work in northern Europe.

2. Vikings didn’t hold anything against divorce, so their women freely divorced their husbands, and they were able to inherit their husband’s properties at the time. Unlike now.

3. The Vikings had hobbies such as racing, chess, wrestling, drinking competitions, horse riding, amongst many others.

3. When the Vikings newly came to the land, they built their houses with turf materials.

4. Viking women of Iceland then wore pieces of jewelry to show wealth.

5. The Irish monks were the first to settle down in Iceland, but the entrance of the Vikings made them leave.