April 9, 2020 - Hotel Rangá

Day: April 9, 2020

It’s all about the Icelandic Wool Sweater

The Icelandic wool sweater is something of a national treasure. Every Icelander will wear one at some point of their life and many have knitted their own or have treasured, artfully made hand-me-downs from older generations.
The fall is in many ways peak time for the wool sweater, as it goes well with seasonal farm work such as rounding up the sheep in a process called réttir, which you can read about here. Réttir is an age-old tradition, but contrary to popular belief, the intricate patterns of the Icelandic wool sweater aren’t.

Pompeii of the North: The Westman Islands

The Westman Islands, or Vestmannaeyjar in Icelandic, is an archipelago of 15 islands located just off the south coast of Iceland. Out of the 15, only one is inhabited year round: the island of Heimaey. There you will find a community of 4.000 that has prospered from a thriving fishing industry. With stunning landscapes, charming villages and the largest puffin colony of the world, these small yet enchanting islands offer a variety of activities and attractions for visitors.

Myths, Magic & Legends

The population of Iceland is currently 334,252 according to government figures. However, if folklore is to be believed and you count trolls, elves, and hidden people, then the actual number of Icelandic beings living on this volcanic land may be significantly higher. Of course, the chance of catching sight of one of these magical creatures is pretty low but this doesn’t mean they do not exist, just that they are rather hard to track down.

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