Icelandic, a North Germanic language with over 330,000 native speakers, is the official language of Iceland and the closest equivalent to the language of the Vikings spoken today. Due to Iceland’s cultural insularity and geographic isolation, the Nordic tongue has remained so well preserved that present-day Icelanders can still read ancient Viking texts in their original Old Norse with little to no assistance.

At Þjórsárdalur Iceland

Food report: For many decades when traveling in Iceland outside Reykjavík, the best you could expect if you were looking for food, was a bad hamburger with french fries or a hot dog. Usually, the service was provided at a mini-market fast food grill by the roadside or at the entrance of a town or a village. Fortunately, this has changed dramatically for the better. Today you can find a reasonably good restaurant or café in almost all of the fifty small towns and villages around the country.

Old Café Rif on the Snæfellsnes peninsula has the best fish soup