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Tourist in Iceland, The

						The

Tourist li I

a journal of general information.

VOL. I.

REYKJAVIK, JANUARY 1892.

NO. 1.

CONTENTS:

The Tourist in Iceland...........   column.     1.

My first trip to lungvellir..........       —         3.

Pingvellir as a sanitary Home........       —         6.

To the top of mount Orsefajokull.......       —         7.

The commerce of Iceland.........   .       —         8.

What can be done to increase the steam com-

munication with Iceland?.........       —         9.

The first iron suspension bridge over one of the

large rivers in Iceland, Olfusil.....'   ,       —       10.

Lord Duff or in on >ingvellir.........       —       11.

Welcome to the tourists (a poem)......       —       11.

Routes in Iceland for tourists........       —       12.

Miscellaneous informations.........       —       13.

Advertisements..............       —       15.

THE TOURIST IN ICELAND.

In every country we find men who neither

believe in the progress of themselves, their

country nor the world at large. Their faculty

of observation, if we may so express, seems

to be somewhat defect, for everywhere, in

every country we find progress, if we take

the trouble of examining past and present

history.

Iceland is no exception to the rule, and we

who believe in the progress of our country,

Ave intend to demonstrate this fact to our in-

telligent and observant readers.

Why Iceland is so little known amongst the

other nations of the world, is principally on

account of her great isolation, and the scanty

means of comunication; then again a nation

consisting of some 70,000 souls, living on an

isolated island in the North Atlantic, cannot

expect to be widely known amongst other na-

tions, except something specially were the

attraction.

It is just this special attraction, which is

now opening Iceland to the civilised world.

In the first place we have a saga or history

unique as it were. We can trace our history

from the very beginning of our first settle-

ment, now over 1000 years up to the present.

We  possess   a literature of  our own  which

we may say is the admiration. of the civilised

world, a literature quite select which just

florished in this far away island when lear-

ning in other parts of Europe scarcely exi-

sted outside of the monestary walls. We

have possessed and do possess many gifted

poets and scholars. In spite of every kind

of adverse circumstances: volcanic eruptions;

inclement seasons; the Greenland ice which at

times has enclosed a large part of our coasts with

its iron gripe; the most opressive trade mono-

poly; alien government and devastating dis-

eases, which at periods have swept away a

large proportion of our scanty population, we

have maintained to hold up our distinct na-

tionality and preserve our spiritual, vitality,

so that at present we are fairly on the road

of progress to national independence.

In the second place we possess a very in-

teresting and highly cultivated language, which

has taken very few alterations from the very

beginning of our settlement 1000 years ago,

the same language, which our forefathers the

Norsemen had and which they have now lost.

To the educated linguist here is a wide field

of learning and observation.

In the third place, especially during summer

we possess a most salubrious climate, envi-

gourating pure and healthy. Our scenery is

unique. Gigantic glaciers of immense extent

and vastness; volcanoes with their unlimited

lava field; hot springs such as the Great

Geysir of world wide fame, and others; sweet

valleys with winding rivers and green mea-

dows ; large rivers with trout and salmon; in-

numerable islands with the eider ducks and

other birds; magnificent waterfalls of varied

beauty, and many other peculiarties of nature,

					
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