The Iceland flag is the symbol of country and nation. The colors are reminding us of the blue sky, the white of the ice-caps and the red fire underneath.
The history of the icelandic flag began in 1809 when it was decided that Iceland should have its own flag. It was blue with three cods in the upper left corner. This happened during a short revolution against the Danish ruling at the time.
The second flag came about around 1870 when the Icelandic painter Sigurður Guðmundsson suggested that the Icelandic falcon would be a better national symbol than the cod.
In 1897 Einar Benediktsson wrote an article about the Icelandic flag. He pointed out that other Christian nations used the cross in their flags. The resulting flag was blue with a big white cross on it.
The new and current flag was first used when Iceland became a sovereign country the 1st of December 1918.