Some Irish monks may have reached Iceland before AD 800, but it
remained largely unsettled until about 870. Norwegian Viking Ingσlfur
Arnarson is traditionally considered the first permanent settler;
he established his farm at Reykjavνk, now the capital.
During the next 60 years, other settlers flocked to the island from
the Scandinavian countries and the British Isles. In 930 a central
organization for the whole island was superimposed on the already
existent regional polities in the form of a general legislature
called the Althing.