The name comes from ancient Norse mythology and means "Home of the Gods". Located on the west shore of the world's tenth largest freshwater lake, Gimli is the heart of New Iceland. Stroll along the sandy beaches, swim, fish, rent a kayak, golf, explore unique shops, restaurants, galleries and museums. Walk along the Gimli harbour, look at the numerous historic murals painted along the seawall by local artists. Enjoy the Islendingadagurinn (Icelandic Festival) held on the August long weekend, the Gimli Film Festival in July.