"Wanderlust, the very strong or irresistible impulse to travel..."
guide to Iceland
Discovery is a continuous process here in Iceland, even for those who have lived here all their lives. Iceland is never the same place for two days in a row. In a vast Northern arena where all winds and weathers meet, the light and the colours and the look of the land change not only from season from season but also from day to day, from instant to instant.
(Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former president of Iceland)
The parallel world
of Icelandic folklore
Iceland sets the imagination alight. The "otherworld" has held the imagination since the beginning of time. Throughout the centuries people in Iceland believed that they shared their land with "hidden people"; elfish folk who inhabited rocks and crags. The mountains being homes to giant trolls who would be turned to stone if caught by the rays of the rising sun.
Wander the fields of art and culture
More and more are discovering Iceland for themselves, each in his or her own way. Iceland's untamed nature has always been a magnet for visitors, just as much as the purity of its ancient culture. Today it is the 'new' culture in all its creative manifestations which also draws the seeker: pop music, design, festivals and up-to-date lifestyles side-by-side with the old ways.