As I write this, my friends Bob Alonzi and Suzanne Holland are spending a few days touring in Iceland. And, as for me, I cannot think about Iceland without wishing to return—and soon. There is something about a brave little country, whose total population is some 330,000, which has had such an outsize influence on world history:
- An Icelander, Leif Ericsson, landed in and colonized the New World some 500 years before Columbus.
- The Icelandic sagas were probably the greatest European literature of the time, with the exception of the Italian Dante Alighieri.
- The “Cod Wars” against Britain in the 1970s led to Iceland winning, without a single bullet fired. Subsequently, most countries joined Iceland in declaring a 200-mile coastal sovereignty limit.
- The Iceland soccer football team defeated powerful England 2-1 (before losing honorably to France).
One of the things that keeps me going is my love for so many lesser-known parts of the world, parts that are wild and fascinating, as Iceland surely is.