Understandably most of our visitors in Iceland come here to see the natural wonders, waterfalls, hot springs, glacier lagoons, and other fascinating attractions. This requires a lot of traveling around the country, either in your own vehicle, a rent a car, with a tour operator or on a bus. One of the interesting things many visitors forget when organizing a trip to Iceland is to take the time to visit some of the highly attractive towns and villages around the coastline. Most of the towns and villages are small but have an interesting history. Some are relatively new in the sense that they have only been in existence from the late 20 century. Others are old and have centuries of history. The main reason why there are few towns or villages with a long history is the fact that Iceland was mainly an agricultural society for centuries and started to build small clusters of communities around the 17th and 18th century. Originally because there was a demand for trading posts, and later when Icelanders and people from other countries started to take advantage of the rich fishing grounds around the coastline. For those organizing a trip to Iceland and aiming at a stay for a few days and a road trip, a visit to some of the towns and villages is a must. There are villages with a fascinating history like Fáskrúðsfjörður and Bíldudalur and towns that became larger over a short period and then diminished as the conditions in the fishing stock changed, like Siglufjörður. You should consider learning about some of the many towns and villages around the coastline while planning a trip to Iceland. Many of those towns and villages also have interesting museums where you can learn more about Iceland and the Icelanders.
Nov 3 2016