Oliver Maria Schmitt's take on Iceland:
Apathy is the predominant way of life, coupled with delusion, conceit and arrogance,” according to Oliver, who sees Icelanders as a bunch of self-important blowhards who celebrate idiocy, which he argues is “considered a gift from god“ by the local population. These annoying people “consider crankiness to be charming” and view “anti-social eccentricity as a sign of originality ... The "astronomical prices" in Reykjavík are also a source of annoyance to the disillusioned German traveller.
That final sentence really nails it.