General History/Iceland in 1863


Is it possible to have a list of major events that happened in Iceland in the year 1863 please? I am doing a report for my literature class about "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne (which is set on the island) and I am trying to work out why he set it in 1863.

Hi Harry,

I don't think there was any particularly significant event in Iceland that year.  It was a fairly quiet lightly populated farming community.  Verne set the story in that year most likely because he wrote the book in that year.

I hope this helps!
- Mike  

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My specialties are 17th through 19th Century history, especially in the Americas and Europe. I also have a fair knowledge of ancient Greek and Roman History, and some knowledge of Medieval European history. My expertise is focuses on Military and political history, but I`ll take a crack at anything.


I have been a guest lecturer at George Washington University. Mostly, I have just read hundreds of books about world history.


J.D. Univ. of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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