1849 map of Iceland

Uppdráttr Íslands = Carte d'Islande (1849)

The Icelandic cartographer, geographer and mathematican Björn Gunnlaugsson (1788-1876) was responsible for this map of Iceland as well as for an 1844 edition with indications in Icelandic only. The map has fine adminstrative and geographical detail and seemed apt as a centerpiece for World of the West Norse, given the remarkable and enduring presence of the Norse down to our day on this young, volcanic expanse in the middle of the North Atlantic.

In the background is a projection of Markarfljót, taken by the British photographer Frederick W.W. Howell in the 1890s. The superimposed map obscures a party of horsemen fording the river.

Markarfljót

Markarfljót, taken by the British photographer Frederick W.W. Howell in the 1890s. Public domain.