World Map
Late 16th century world map based on Icelandic writings.
The mythical island of 'Frisland' (Frifland) is situated north of the compass rose and just below Iceland (Ifland). Many medieval and early Renaissance scholars falsely perceived that the North Atlantic ocean contained numerous islands and was surrounded by a continuous coastline. This notion is represented by this 1706 reproduction of a 16th century world map by Sigurd Stefánsson.

Reproduction of Sigurd Stefánsson's 16th century map, published in 1706 by Torfæus from 'Gronlandia Antiqua.' From Jónas Kristjánsson, Icelandic Sagas and Manuscripts (Reykjavik, Iceland: Saga Publishing Co., ©1970) 16.
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