Today is Icelandic Language Day!

Góðan dag!

Since 1996, Icelandic Language Day has been celebrated on November 16th – the birthday of Icelandic poet, Jónas Hallgrímsson.

Did you know? The Icelandic language does not import foreign words, but instead refers to the new concept with a combination of existing words. For example, a light-bulb is ljósapera, or “light pear”. The Icelandic word for computer is tölva which is a hybrid of two words: tala and völva, which literally translates to “number witch”. Here are a few more charming examples:

How to call for Batman in Icelandic


Iceland and Norway have a brainstorming session


And the answer is: A) Reykjavik!! 121 KM

Can’t get enough? Here are some more interesting words and phrases!

Fun facts and more info!

Want to learn more? Download the Memrise app to learn and practice your Icelandic!