There was never a notable presence of vikings in Iceland, although a few may have "retired" there, but I guess that doesn't matter to tourists, or those who want their money.

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LikeI read somewhere, "Icelandic Viking Village" contains three fictional constructs.
Villages and national identities came later, and vikings were never really a thing.

@owl wouldn't that depend on one's definition of "viking"?

I.e. if a broad definition of "norse people living in the period 793-1066 CE" is used, then it seems there was a pretty significant presence - i.e. the people who founded the Althing.

@zatnosk But vikings were not an ethnic group. It's more like a job description. And if you look at the touristy stuff, that's the image they're trying to conjure.

@owl that's kinda what I mean; it depends on the definition used. But yeah, included the whole ethnic group under the name "viking" is a pretty modern twist.

@zatnosk Yeah, that's not what anyone means (AFAIK) when they talk about viking settlements or lack thereof. Would be kind of like calling everyone living in the Caribbean during 1650-1730 a pirate.

@owl @zatnosk brb, getting my vike on for a bit.

The term "Viking Britain" makes me want to strike an Anglo-Saxon attitude at whoever puts it on their marketing bumph

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