Suppose that Iceland is the island Pytheas the greek sailor landed on and called Thule. Then suppose it was inhabited by happy and healthy people. At least it was extensively forested. In the late 12th century it was described as "forested from mountain to sea shore".
Where would he have harbored ? Probably, he reached the island from the south, and the most southern area of Iceland is around the village of Vík (Vík Í Mýrdal). How does it look like there ? Take a look.
Population ~ 300
The village of Vík (or Vík í Mýrdal ) is the southernmost village in Iceland, located on the main ring road around the island.
Despite its small size, it is the largest settlement for some 70 km around and an important staging post, thus indicated on road signs from a long distance away.
Katla is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, and has on average erupted twice a century. The eruption would melt the glacier and cause a massive water torrent. The town's church, located high on a hill, is believed to be the only building that would survive such a flood .
Thus, the people of Vík practice periodic drills and are trained to rush to the church at the first sign of an eruption.
The sea around Vík is most of the time wild and stormy, waves cаn be big:
This unique rock arch is a 120m high promontory, a small peninsula, formerly known as Cape Portland by English seamen.
Many puffins nest on the cliff faces of Dyrhólaey.
The distinctive profile of this volcanic seashore, with sharp basalt cliffs and stacks and a wide panorama, makes it the most spectacular beach in Iceland, and in recent years touristic demand is increasing, though its stretch of black basalt sand is also one of the wettest places in Iceland.
Icelandic appetizer at Lundi:
Well, this post is mere fiction. Pytheas could not mean Iceland when he wrote 'Thule' - because there was not even any agriculture there by the time he sailed to the unknown North. No honey, no nuts, no bread. Sorry. But Vík is a fabulous place anyhow, right ?
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