“The Viking expansion in the North Atlantic was very different from the Viking raids in the British Isles—from the start, settlement was the main motive. Though Danes and Swedes were involved, the settlement of the Faeroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland was dominated by emigrants from Norway.” This I learned from the book The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings by John Haywood (Penguin Books, 1995.) He went on to say that the Viking expansion into Iceland was a by-product of the raids on the Scottish Islands. The environment is like that of western Norway; and so, in the first half of the 9th century the Norse began to settle permanently in the area. “The leaders of the settlements were aristocrats of middling rank”, and as the authority and power in Scandinavia was consolidated into fewer hands due to the increasing complexities of, and need to control, trade and population growth, the middle ranks were forced to emigrate and establish their own domains. The Icelandic system of governance was probably very similar to that of Scandinavia. “The settlements in the Faeroes and Iceland were the only permanent extensions to the Scandinavian world to result from the Viking expansion, and in that lies their main historical significance.”
Plus, Iceland is beautiful, rugged and challenging! Travelers come for the adventure!
We have been to Djupivogur before. Our memories of this town are pleasant. It seems to always be cold, overcast and drizzly but the people are warm and friendly; the diverse establishments are charming and welcoming. The sheer beauty of the land overcomes the dreary nature of the weather.
Here are our photos of Djupivogur; we hope you will get a sense of how special this place can be.