Yes. Rögn, although not used in modern language, means gods. Icelandic words change depending on how they are placed in a sentence. This is called declension in English. One such declension is ragna. The relatively common name, Ragnar, is simply a derivative of this.
Ragnarök is the end and rebirth of the world in Ásatrú or Norse Mythology as described in the Edda poems. Rök in modern language means argument, as in an argument for something. However older meanings are more in line with “end” or “fate”. So “gods fate”. You could also say “rök ragna” which would mean “fate of gods”.
Hey there! I'm going on a school trip to Iceland early next April and was just wondering if you knew the average temperature around that time? I can't decide whether I need to buy lots of warm clothing or not!
As an indicator of how to dress, the average temperature in Iceland is about as useful as the average number of books published. The thing is, Iceland is like a box of chocolates and you never know what you’re gonna get.
The average temperature in April is 2,9°C (35.6°F). However, Iceland is a wild card and it may get as warm as 15°C or drop down to -20°C. Wind, rain and snow are much more influential on how you should dress and you can get all in one day. So bring something waterproof (pants and a jacket), use layers, wear good shoes and don’t forget your hat and gloves.
Just to clarify one thing. There’s no such thing as bad weather in Iceland, just wrong clothing. This video might be from April.
Are Icelandic people generally accepting of racial diversity? I know the population is mostly white Nordic people but would other skin colors be considered weird?
Racial diversity is definitely lower than in most of our neighbor countries. There was very limited immigration to Iceland before the 90’s. However during the late 90’s and up until our recent economic crisis immigration really increased. In 1996 around 2% of the population were immigrants, but went up to 8% in 2008 according to Statice. The largest nationality of immigrants is Polish, followed by other eastern European countries along with the Philippians and Thailand.
Fifty years ago, I’m sure it would have been the talk of the town if a black man walked through Reykjavík. This would have been since many had probably never seen one. However times have changed and I don’t think anybody’s skin color would be considered weird as you say. I think Icelanders are quite acceptable to immigration. We really needed it while the economy was booming. There is a chance that now when the economy has slowed down, people dislike immigrants occupying “their” jobs. Luckily I don’t think that is much of a problem, at least much less than it is in some of our neighboring countries.
In short, yeah I think we are quite accepting, but just getting used to it.
What is the average cost of living? Both in Reykjavik and out in the country? I miss Iceland so much!
According to Statistics Iceland, the average salary is 381.000 ISK (3.200 USD/ 2.400 EUR) per month. Minimum wage depends on a few factors, but is around 150.000 (1.300 USD/ 940 EUR). That might give you some idea. The standard of living was at the top of the world a few years ago, but has gone down relative to others, due to the economic crisis and might be today about the lowest of the Scandinavian countries. Wages are lower outside of Reykjavík and most costs are higher except for housing.
Hello! What can you tell me about living in Iceland? How are the people? I hope someday be able to go there, because for what i see, i think it's a calm and relaxing place. Hope i'm not wrong. :)
It’s tough describing a population. The answer depends a lot on where you are coming from. Icelanders are essentially Scandinavians, so they may not seem like the warm and super friendly crowd. Walking the streets of Reykjavík, you’d never have anybody try to start a conversation. You could even start studying and unless you approach the others, they’ll probably ignore you. That said, once you break the shell, we are a friendly bunch. To get to know us, you’ll have to approach us in our most off guard moments, in the public pools or when we’re slightly tipsy. Both opportunities come in abundance. I would not say that Reykjavík is a calm and relaxing place, at least not if you’ve settled in and joined the pace. It is a capital and life passes by quickly. As soon as you get out Reykjavík, however life slows down a little.
Hope that answers your question and doesn’t discourage you.
In the past, unwanted infants in Iceland were left in the wild to freeze to death. The story behind this song is that a young mother abandoned her child this way. Months later, she was invited to a dance but could not go because she had no dress. Later that evening as she was milking the cows in their pen, she heard this song sung by the ghost of her dead child.
There are a ton of versions of this song, but this is by far my favorite one.
The Icelandic lyrics are: Móðir mín í kví, kví, kvíddu ekki því, því; ég skal ljá þér duluna mína duluna mína að dansa í, ég skal ljá þér duluna mína duluna mína að dansa í.
Tranlated as: My mother in the pen, pen you need not be so sad, sad I shall loan you these rags of mine, rags of mine to dance in. I shall loan you these rags of mine, rags of mine to dance in.
Luckily crime rates in Iceland are very low. Most of the crime we do have is like in so many places drug related. I guess people need the drugs to sleep in the 24 hours of sun in summer and to keep their spirits up through 24 hours of darkness in winter.
Anyways, one of Iceland’s criminals, armed with a hammer, made an attempt to rob a 10-11 convenience store in the middle of the day in Reykjavík last month. The robbery failed since he couldn’t find any employee in the store to open the cash register. The same robber had a little more success last year when he got away with 15.000 ISK (130USD/90EUR) and a pack of cigarettes.
You would often be amazed at what is considered news in a small country like Iceland. A couple of days ago the frontpage of Vísir, Iceland’s second largest newssite, had a top story: Dog runs into a car in Reykjavík. If you read through the article you would then realize that the dog was actually unharmed and the car only slightly dented.
“I’ve walked a lot in the mountains in Iceland. And as you come to a new valley, as you come to a new landscape, you have a certain view. If you stand still, the landscape doesn’t necessarily tell you how big it is. It doesn’t really tell you what you’re looking at. The moment you start to move the mountain starts to move.”
~Olafur Eliasson”—(via filenotf0und)