• Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Scandinavia’s North Atlantic outpost was first settled in 874. According to the Landnámabók or‘book of settlements’, the first to land was Ingólfr Arnarson, who came from Norway to live on the site of present-day Reykjavik. He was followed by some 400 migrants, mainly from Norway but also from other Nordic countries and from Norse settlements in the British Isles.


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Further reading

  1. Statistics Iceland, Landshagir (Statistical Yearbook of Iceland).—Hagtiðindi (Statistical Series)Google Scholar
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  11. Central Bank of Iceland: Kalkofnsvegi 1, 150 Reykjavik.Google Scholar
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