Ikaria [ee-kah-ree-ah] is a small, unassuming Greek island located in the Eastern Aegean Sea. The name Ikaria originates from Greek Mythology whereby Icarus was believed to have fallen into the nearby sea when his wax & feather wings melted after flying too close to the sun.
An extremely mountainous island, most of the modern inhabitants are located along the coast. While many of the oldest villages are found in the mountainous valleys of the interior. Much of the island features landscapes laden with lush green shrubbery, and the climate is mostly Mediterranean/temperate.
Humans have inhabited the island for at least 9,000 years, according to current archaeological evidence. And modern Ikarians are some of the healthiest and longest-lived people on Earth, living more than 10 years longer than the European average.
With approximately 1 in 3 living well into their 90’s, it is often said that Ikarians ‘forget to die’.
Between the all-night village parties, 3-hour chats over coffee, and patience that will outlast a mule, the Ikarians exude a calmness and sense of well being that is sure to be a major contributor to their impressive healthspan and longevity.
We’ve traveled to all of the world’s Blue Zones, as first identified by Michel Poulain and featured by National Geographic in the early 2000’s, in order to launch a new investigation into the factors that contribute to exceptional health and longevity of the people who live in these unique places.
We also recently attended the Journey to 100 Conference held in Guernsey – part of the Channel Islands located off the French coast – which assembled many of the world’s leading experts on health, longevity, and chronic disease.