The unique Icelandic form of wrestling known as glíma dates back to the Viking era. The main season for competitions is from September to April. For more information, contact the Icelandic Glíma Association (tel. 514-4064). Also keep an eye out for historical reenactments at museums or special events like the Viking Festival in Hafnarfjörður.

Icelanders are fanatical about the unusual and exciting sport of handball, once described as “water polo without the water.” Iceland finished fourth in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and eighth in the 2007 World Cup, but their moment of glory was at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when they won silver—the smallest nation ever to win an Olympic silver medal in a team sport. The height of the season is September until April. For more information, contact the Icelandic Handball Federation (tel. 514-4200).

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The Icelandic national soccer team was ranked 37th in the world in 1994, and fell to as low as 117th position in 2007, before climbing up to 22nd position in 2018 while making quite a bit of noise in the World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2016. If you’d like to attend a game, you can check out a match at Laugardalsvöllur Stadium, Laugardalur Park (tel. 510-2900).

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