National Geographic : 2000 May
DOES NOT SUFFER FOOLS GLADLY. HOT SPRINGS AND GE Y SERS must have puzzled Norse settlers when they came to Iceland about 870. They called the strange land'sfuture capital Reykjavik, or "steamy bay." One optimist claimed butter drippedfrom the grass. The sea still provides work for Oli Andresson (below, at right) and Th6r Gudbjartsson,who fish for cod. Most Icelanders are direct descendantsof the settlers-andtheir slaves.