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Icelandic language and culture



Icelandic is the official language of Iceland and is used almost exclusively in all areas of daily life. The majority of Icelanders do however speak more than one language, with the most common second language being English. The number of schools offering Icelandic lessons has been steadily growing in recent years and many of them are listed below. 

Throughout the country you can enjoy diverse cultural activities, ranging from national heritage to popular Icelandic music bands, the fine arts, the symphony or something out of the ordinary.

Here is a list of schools currently offering courses in Icelandic as a second language. As the schools are always changing and improving their programs, it is a good idea to call each school to find which course is best for you.

There is often a fee to register for classes, please make sure to inquire about any fees before applying. Please note that if there are fees you may be eligible for discounts or reimbursements e.g. from your Icelandic trade union.

Study Icelandic



  • The University Centre of The Westfjords offers Icelandic language courses in August every year for incoming exchange students and other international students and staff coming to Iceland.
  • The adult education centre in the west fjords regularly offers Icelandic courses for beginners as well as two courses for advanced learners
  • Farskólinn offers course which emphasises spoken language for beguinners as well as more advanced courses in Icelandic for foreigners.
  • University of Akureyri offers a course every semester for international students;
  • The Intercultural Centre in Akureyri provides helpful guidance for those arriving in the country e.g. by providing information on courses in Icelandic.
  • Símey also offers Icelandic as a second language courses as well as other practical education to individuals in the Eyjafjörður area.
  • Þekkingarnet Þingeyinga or Húsavík Academic Center (HAC) is dedicated to promoting and facilitating lifelong learning, university studies and interdisciplinary research. The center is located in the town of Húsavík, Iceland, but serves all of Þingeyjarsýslur, a region in the northeastern part of Iceland they provide icelandic courses.
  • ASETUR (Alþjóðasetur ltd.) is a professional interpreter- and translator service for both individuals and companies


      The Multicultural Centre has the fundamental role of facilitating communications between individuals of different backgrounds, and to enhance the services provided to foreign citizens residing in Iceland and to those interested in moving to Iceland.

      Below you can find links to various culturally related activities and websites in Iceland. 


      • The Culture House is a venue for Icelandic national heritage in a nutshell. The operations mainly entail diverse exhibitions. Contracts are made with relevant institutions regarding short or long term exhibitions.
      • The National Museum of Iceland is the centre for the preseverion and reseasrch of national historic treasures. It has a role to disseminate information about the national heritage of iceland from antiquity until the present.
      • The Settlement Centre is devoted to recreating Iceland’s earliest days and introduces visitors to one of the best known heroes of the Icelandic Sagas, Egil Skalla-Grimsson