Access to culture of the host country /language courses

Living in Europe | Access to the culture of the host country/language courses | Iceland

Icelandic is the official language spoken in Iceland and is used exclusively in all areas of daily life in Iceland. The majority of Icelanders do however speak more than one language. The number of schools offering Icelandic lessons has been steadily growing making it quite easy for those interested to start their study.

Icelanders are of course very proud of their culture and all over the country you can enjoy a diverse set of cultural activities to your liking. If you are curious about the national heritage, popular Icelandic music bands, the fine arts, the sinfonia or something just completely out of the ordinary, it’s on offer and you can find it.


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.


National heritage:

  • 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 cenre for the preseverion and reseasrch of national historic treasures. It has a tole 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 

Helpful links:Art venues:

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 this is however not always the case, so make sure you ask. When there are fees you may, however, be eligible for discounts and reimbursements e.g. from you trade union.

Icelandic online:

The capital region:


North West:

  • 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.

North east:

  • 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.
  • Viltu læra íslensku? On this page you will find twenty one television episodes of Icelandic lessons.