Have an interest if studying Icelandic? Keen to grasp the basics of the language? We have put together a guide to learning Iceland including some useful basics words and phrases for travelling in Iceland which will help you interact with locals and make your whole experience easier and more enjoyable.
Icelandic is a North Germanic language (sometimes known as Nordic). Other North Germanic languages include Danish, Faroese, Norwegian, and Swedish. Most people in Iceland speak Icelandic around but there are also Icelandic speakers all around the world most notably in countries like Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Canada where Icelandic people have migrated to.
There are an estimated 325,000 people who can speak Icelandic.
There are lots of websites which offer free Icelandic lessons and language tips, we highly recommend checking Youtube. Although these are not as structured or as indepth as a paid online or classroom course you will get to improve steadily. You could also do a language exchange - find someone who speaks Icelandic and who might be interested in learning English or a different language.
If you are going to travel to Iceland then we highly recommend learning some of the basics of the local language.