ICELANDIC

About

The small tiny nation of Iceland and its less than 400,000 Icelandic speakers are a special group. Even though Icelandic is classified as a Germanic language, Icelanders are the only ones who maintain the ability to read the sagas from Old Norse literature. Like German, Icelandic has four cases and three genders but sounds and looks much different than the other Germanic languages. Learn Icelandic to help you navigate the famously beautiful Iceland on your next vacation.


Online Resources

Íslenska fyrir alla is a website all in Icelandic. It is supposedly for foreigners who move to Iceland. Take time to navigate the site and don't lose your patience!

Icelandic Online is a free website that includes 5 levels of Icelandic corresponding with the European system from A1 - C1. It is operated by the University of Iceland.

TV Episodes has over 20 video lessons with Icelandic subtitles.

Cool Icelandic Lessons has over 60 videos to help learn vocabulary and other things.

Íslenska.is has exercises and grammar


Online News

Morgunblaðið

Frettablaðið


Top Products

Pimsleur Icelandic Conversational Course
Pimsleur is an all audio program for language learning. The Icelandic Conversational course has 16 lessons, each 30 minutes long, for a total of 8 hours. If you like the method you can graduate and buy the full version, which is significantly more expensive.

Beginner's Icelandic
Includes 14 lessons that include topics such as vocabulary, grammar, and pratical situations while traveling. Includes two audios CDs to accompany the text and also a glossary.

Colloquial Icelandic: The Complete Course for Beginners
The Colloquial series by Routledge covers dozens of languages, including Icelandic. The most recent version includes many exercises, answer keys, bilingual glossary, and online audio materials.

Icelandic Vocabulary: An Icelandic Language Guide
This Icelandic vocabulary book is split into 18 categories and has thousands of words in English and Icelandic.


Where Can I Study It?

University of Iceland offer a BA in Icelandic

University Centre of the Westfjords offers courses in Icelandic - Beginner to Advanced

University of Manitoba offers a Bachelors in Icelandic Language and Literature

University of California - Berkeley offers courses in Icelandic


Famous Speakers

Sigur Rós
One of Icelands greatest musical exports. Sigur Rós falls in the post-rock genre.

Halldór Laxness
1955 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Of Monsters and Men
They sing in English but are from Iceland. The band skyrocked to popularity in the last few years.

Leif Erikson
It is claimed the viking Leif 'discovered' America before Columbus did.

Björk
Rose to fame via music but has ventured into other fields too.


Cultural Products

The Little Book of Icelandic
This book talks about many of the things that make the Icelandic language fun and unique. Includes sections on cursing and slang in addition to culturally commentary.

Iceland: Land of the Sagas
Jon Krakauer and David Roberts team up to present a written and photographical masterpiece on the famously beautiful country of Iceland.

The Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old Days
This book contains 50 small essays on the olden days in Iceland. It talks about the resilience of the people despite oppression from foreign rulers and living in an extremely unforgiving environment.