where’s the fuckin ice
I still believe Iceland and Greenland sat down in a meeting one day and it started with
"You know what’ll piss people off"
Actually, it was the Vikings. They discovered both Iceland and Greenland, and when they realized the weather, named them opposites to confuse their enemies. So the enemies would go to Greenland, expecting it to be all pretty and green and good for farming, but it was all ice. Vice versa for Iceland.
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
From Eiríks saga rauða:
In the summer Eirik went to live in the land which he had discovered, and which he called Greenland, “Because,” said he, “men will desire much the more to go there if the land has a good name.”
AND YOU SHOULDN’T EVEN TAKE THAT AS GOSPEL TRUTH, BECAUSE THAT WAS WRITTEN DOWN SEVERAL HUNDRED YEARS AFTER GREENLAND’S NORSE COLONIZATION .
Also, Greenland at the time was also warmer than it is today and probably was pretty green, if you stuck to the southern fjords. It’s not a stupid name.
ICELAND IS CALLED ICELAND BECAUSE IT IS FILLED WITH ICE. You know that volcano that blew up a few years back? Eyjafjallajökull? THE JÖKULL PART MEANS “GLACIER.” There are glaciers all over the fucking place. Even in this age of global warming, there is ice in the fjords and there is snowpack along the roads even in the hottest part of summer. Iceland hosts the biggest glacier in Europe. ÍS LAND MEANS ICE LAND BECAUSE THE LAND IS FILLED WITH ICE.
Also, this post illustrates a huge misunderstanding about the Viking migratory phenomenon and also about BASIC GEOGRAPHY. The Vikings did not have enemies following them to Iceland and Greenland, per se, because they were not an organized group, they were not all of one nationality, they came from a very big swath of Scandinavia. Iceland was mostly populated by Norwegian colonists wanting to distance themselves from the growing dynastic royal powers of the 9th and 10th centuries that destroyed the power and autonomy of the local warlord. No one was going to invade Iceland, and NO ONE IS GOING TO CONFUSE ICELAND FOR GREENLAND BECAUSE THEY ARE HUNDREDS OF MILES APART AND THE ROUTES TO ICELAND WERE PRETTY WELL ESTABLISHED BY LIKE 850.