Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Tracing its origins to the Viking settlements in the early Middle Ages, Iceland's pastimes included traditional methods of proving prowess or skill in battle such as wrestling, archery, and walking along oars on the outside of boats. Building models and dioramas connected with Iceland's Viking heritage is popular with many people, as are Wargames. Reading remains popular—Iceland has more bookstores per capita than any other country in the world. Hiking and camping remain popular among both Icelanders and tourists to the country, and many ride Icelandic horses. Because of the climate, many children are involved in snowboarding and tobogganing. Skiing down slopes can be ...