Iceland Unit: Interactive Foam Map [Geography]

In all my country units, I like to include a visual of the country and mark important major cities. First I cut out my map from a simplified pattern. You can download the map and city tags HERE.

We attached our city/town names with map pins.

I had a lot of fun with the map of Iceland because half the names I couldn’t even come close to pronouncing. My daughter and I found pronunciations online and listened to them and then tried to mimic the words. Like many three almost four year olds, she found this very funny.

Akureyri – is a town in northern Iceland. It is Iceland’s fifth largest municipality, and an important port and fishing center. Akureyri was settled in the 9th century but did not receive a municipal charter until 1786. The town was the site of Allied units during World War II. Population: ~19,000.

Egilsstaðir – is a town in east Iceland on the banks of the Lagarfljót river. It is part of the municipality of Fljótsdalshérað, and the largest settlement of the Eastern Region. Population: >2,000.

Ísafjörður – is a town in the northwest of Iceland. The town center is located on a spit of sand, or eyri. Ísafjörður is the largest settlement in the peninsula of Vestfirðir and the administration centre of the Ísafjarðarbær municipality. Population: >2,500.

Hafnarfjörður – is a port town and municipality located on the southwest coast of Iceland, just south of Reykjavík. It is the third-most populous city in Iceland, and has established local industry and a variety of urban activities, with annual festival events. Population: ~30,000.

Höfn – is an Icelandic fishing town in the southeastern part of the country. It lies near Hornafjörður fjord. The second largest town in the southeastern part of Iceland, Höfn offers scenic views of Vatnajökull. The community was formerly known as Hornafjarðarbær between 1994 and 1998. Population: >2,000.

Húsavík – is a town in Norðurþing municipality on the north coast of Iceland on the shores of Skjálfandi bay.The most famous landmark of the town is the wooden church Húsavíkurkirkja, built in 1907. Húsavík also has an airport. Population: >2,000.

Keflavik – is a town in the Reykjanes region in southwest Iceland. Founded in the 16th century, Keflavík developed on account of its fishing and fish processing industry, founded by Scottish entrepreneurs and engineers. Later its growth continued from flight operations at the Keflavík International Airport which was built by the United States military during the 1940s. The airport used to hold a significant NATO military base and was a vital pre-jet refueling stop for trans-Atlantic commercial air traffic. Population: >15,000.

Raufarhöfn – is a village located on the northeastern tip of the Melrakkaslétta peninsula in Iceland. At one point in time, this small village was home to largest export harbor in Iceland. In the forties and fifties, the Herring frenzy dominated the Icelandic economy and Raufarhöfn was an important place in that economic chain. But after the herring disappeared the effect was devastating for the village. This is the reason for the old and interesting factory buildings. Population: ~200.

Reykjavík – located on the coast of Iceland, this is the country’s capital and largest city. It’s home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills. Exemplifying the island’s volcanic activity is the geothermal Blue Lagoon spa, near the village of Grindavik. Population: >120,000.

Seyðisfjörður – is a town and municipality in the Eastern Region of Iceland at the innermost point of the fjord of the same name. A road over Fjarðarheiði mountain pass connects Seyðisfjörður to the rest of Iceland. Population: >600.

Selfoss – is a town in southern Iceland on the banks of the Ölfusá river. It is the seat of the municipality of Árborg. The Icelandic Route 1 runs through the town on its way between Hveragerði and Hella. Population: ~7,000.

Vik – is a remote seafront village in south Iceland. It sits in the shadow of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which covers the Katla volcano. Reyniskirkja is a wooden church dating to 1929. Reynisfjara beach has black pebbles, basalt columns and the Reynisdrangar offshore rock formations. The cliffs of Reynisfjall mountain are home to seabirds such as puffins. Population: ~300.

I enjoy these activities almost as much as my daughters – I only been to Reykjavik, but it was fun to see where it was on the map and see other towns and cities that have fun landmarks to hopefully see one day. 🙂

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