t’s always exciting to visit a country like Iceland. So much to see, so much to do—and all in a short time. For groups, it’s best to ask the specialists to help with plans. For first-timers, the temptation is to stay in Reykjavík, as there’s so much of interest to see and do and unique gifts to be found. The knowledgable traveller will try to head upcountry, knowing that Reykjavík is not Iceland and there’s so much more to be discovered. Iceland has no motorways and its roads, though continually improving, are full of the unexpected that can take the unwary by surprise. When travelling, it’s essential to drive safely. We’re a small country and few in number. Every life is precious to us! Culture plays a very important part in life here—both today and historically. In fact, the good, the bad and the ugly are all recorded in the Sagas in oft times rather gruesome detail. You will find fascinating accounts all around the country, presented in many different ways, of both man and beast. The richness of life here is a big draw for many, whether in nature or in books, in person or in history. This is an amazingly land and for the enquiring mind, there is more to find than will fit in a short holiday. This magazine, however, will hopefully give you some useful pointers to make your stay memorable.

Einar Th. Thorsteinsson

Managing Editor and Publisher