Category: History

Surtsey, Iceland 0

50 years ago today: A new island is born

50 years ago today, a new island was born, off the southern coast of Iceland. The new island was named Surtsey, after Surtr, a fire jötunn or giant from Norse mythology. It was intensively studied by...

Apollo Astronaut Training in Iceland 0

Apollo Astronaut Training in Iceland

In 1965 and 1967, two groups of American Apollo astronauts visited Iceland to study geology and practice collecting samples, under the guidance of Icelandic and American geologists. The Apollo geology field exercises were intended...

The day Neil Armstrong set his foot on Iceland 0

The day Neil Armstrong set his foot on Iceland

In the summer of 1967, a group of American astronauts visited Iceland to study the islands’ geology under the guidance of Icelandic and American geologists. This was the second group of astronauts to visit...

A Summer’s Day In Reykjavik, 1874 0

A Summer’s Day In Reykjavik, 1874

In 1874, a national festival was held in Iceland to celebrate one thousand years of settlement. On this occasion, King Christian IX presented Icelanders with their first constitution. This was also the first time in history...