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Iceland History
Iceland History - TravelPuppy.com
The traditional side of Iceland is obvious, as well as the Icelander's repute as hardy and proud. Indeed, much of the attraction surrounding Iceland resides with the Icelanders themselves. Their descendents propagated the notion of the 'Viking poet', as unveiled in their heroic sagas, an stimulating brew of brute force and sensitivity. In the mid 13th century, the islanders submitted to the authority of the King of Norway, and when Norway came under the control of Denmark in 1380, Iceland did too. In 1814, Norway became independent, however Iceland remained a Danish territory. In 1840, Iceland was granted its own constitution, effectively allowing internal self government. Full independence was granted in 1918, although Iceland continued to identify the Danish Monarch as head of state. It was not until 1944 that Iceland became a fully independent nation with its own head of state. It is therefore understandable that Icelanders now so passionately champion their heritage. Many long established foods are still chomped with relish, and much customary entertainment remains.