Iceland was the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair  in 2011. This provided a unique opportunity to present Icelandic literary culture to Germany and the book world as a whole. On the wesite of Fabulous Iceland you will find the most comprehensive information on Icelandic literature and authors in Iceland.


The Icelandic Literature Fund  promotes Icelandic Literature abroad and provides translation subsidy for foreign pulishers outside the Nordic countries.

 General Information


The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies
Icelandic at once ancient and modern. A short booklet in five languages about the Icelandic language, published in 2001. English (pdf), Danish (pdf), French (pdf), German (pdf), Icelandic (Islenska i senn forn og ny).


Information about the Icelandic language.
The website is a part of the Euro Languages Net which is a Socrates program, launched in 2001. Euro Languages Net is designed to create an Internet resource of 23 less widely used European languages for the general public.

 Learning Icelandic


Icelandic Online
Web-based course in Modern Icelandic language and culture, free access.


Icelandic Online Plus
Web-based course in Modern Icelandic language and culture, with tutor.


Icelandic as a second Language
Icelandic Studies for International students at the University of Iceland, School of Humanities.


Summer course in Icelandic.
The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies organizes summer courses in Icelandic language and Icelandic studies, in collaboration with the University of Iceland Faculty of Humanities, the University of Minnesota, and the Nordic Council of Ministers. On this site there is also information about courses in Icelandic held by other institutions.

Dictionaries online


Islex is a multilingual on-line dictionary with modern Icelandic as a source language and Danish, Norwegian and Swedish as target languages.


Term Bank
A database with special language glossaries, the most common language represented in the glossaries is English, but many of the glossaries are multilingual.


Arnastofnun (Icelandic database)
A databases of Modern Icelandic Inflections. Database of paradigms that allows one to search for words and inflectional forms of words, the database presently contains approximately 260,000 paradigms.

Icelandic Worldwide



The Árni Magnússon Institute's Directory of Icelandic teaching around the world.
A database containing information about the teaching of Icelandic in Universities world wide and links to those institutes which teach Icelandic.


Inventory of Scholars in Icelandic
The Árni Magnússon Institute's inventory of scholars contains information on over 500 scholars of Icelandic studies around the world. By searching in the inventory, you can find information on the names, addresses and special fields of scholars. The inventory is intended to be of use to scholars, students and others with an interest in Icelandic studies.


The Arnamagnæan Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark.
At the Arnamagnaean Institute about 1,400 manuscripts are stored, mainly manuscripts from the collection of the Icelandic philologer and historian Árni Magnússon (1663-1730).


The Coordinating Committee for Nordic Studies Abroad.
The committee awards grants to guest lecturers for cultural promotion, and organizes conferences on the teaching of Nordic languages.

Scholarships and Grants



Icelandic Government Scholarships.
The Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture awards annually a number of scholarships to foreign students for study of the Icelandic language at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík.


Snorri Sturluson Fellowships.
The Árni Magnússon institute for Icelandic Studies administers the Snorri Sturluson Fellowships, which are awarded annually to foreign writers, translators and scholars, in order to travel to Iceland to improve their knowledge of Icelandic language, culture and society.

Icelandic language and culture


Iceland and Icelanders are a part of multimedia material in Icelandic which The Sigurður Nordal Institute published 2004 on the disk: Carry on Icelandic: Learn Icelandic and enjoy it!. In this 11 chapter, originally written by Nína Leósdóttir, teacher in Icelandic language, you can get basic information about Iceland and Icelanders.

Provides access to historical manuscripts dating back hundreds of years. On the website you can find manuscripts either by entering some criteria in the search box or by browsing from the institutional collections.


The purpose of  this website is to make public on the Internet Icelandic literature and other writings.


Jónas Hallgrímsson
This Web site is intended to make available the work of the Icelandic poet and natural scientist Jónas Hallgrímsson (1807-1845), selected Poetry and Prose edited and translated with notes and commentary by Dick Ringler.