Languages


In Icelandic the languages can quit a challenge. The official language is a North Germanic language similar to Old Norse that has changed little since Iceland’s settlement period. In fact, the most Icelanders know English and some Danish since these languages are mandatory subjects in primary schools.

Many Icelanders are also proficient in one of the other Nordic languages or in German, French, Spanish or Italian.

You generally don’t need a phrasebook to get around, but it doesn’t hurt to know a few simple Iceland words and phrases:

 Já = Yes
 Nei = No
 Góðan daginn / Góðan dag = good day
 Gott kvöld = Good evening
 Hæ / Halló = Hi / Hello
 Bless = Goodbye- Takk = Thank you