|Icelandic and Faroese Photographs of Frederick W.W. Howell, Cornell University Library|
For much of Iceland's history, its people lived in rural homesteads. Towns only began to grow in the late 1800s. "In 1880 the country had only three townships, whose inhabitants together numbered 3,630 and accounted for only 5 percent of the entire population. With all its attendant problems and benefits, urbanization had progressed rapidly by 1920, when seven townships with 29,000 inhabitants between them accounted for 31 percent of the the total population. Yet, despite the growth of towns, the island was largely a rural land of fishermen and farmers." (Byock, p. 153)
No wonder the Icelandic horse developed into such a fine riding animal!!!
Source: Byock, J. (2001). Viking Age Iceland. Penguin Books, London, England.