Access to culture of the host country /language courses
Icelandic is the official language spoken in Iceland and is used almost 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.
- Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF)
- SONAR Reykjavík.
- Icelandic Airwaves
- Secret Solistice
- Reykjavik Arts Festival
- 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:
- The National Gallery of Iceland
- The National Theatre of Iceland
- Icelandic Film Centre
- Independent Theatres
- The Theatre Museum of Iceland
- The Reykjavík Museum of Photographie
- Kópavogur Art Museum - Gerðarsafn
- Reykjavík Art Museum
- Akureyri Art Museum
- The Icelandic Symphony Orchestra
- The Icelandic Opera
- Iceland Dance Company
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 in a self-study course and free of charge.
The capital region:
- The Tin Can offers an online language course in Icelandic. They also provide courses on cultural matters, history and other languages.
- Mímir-símenntun is a centre for lifelong learning in Reykjavík, Iceland offers Icelandic language and orientation programmes with a wide range of courses at five different levels.
- Hafnarfjörður's Municipal Centre for Adult Education offers courses in Icelandic for foreigners.
- The Árni Magnússon institute organizes summer courses in Icelandic language and Icelandic studies
- Múltikúlti - Language centre offers Icelandic courses on five levels, as well as work-related seminars for staff in companies and seminars on Icelandic and more – life skills and cultural integration.
- Retor provides coures in icelandic especially for polish speaking people.
- Fullordinsfraedslan Adult Educational Institute provides icelandic courses on 5 different levels.
- Fræðslunetið – símenntun á Suðurlands is a lifelong learning center located in the South coast of Iceland. They offer courses in Icelandic for foreigners (5 levels) as well as other courses.
- Miðstöð símenntunar á Suðurnesjum (MSS) is a lifelong learning centre located in the Southwest area of Iceland on Icelandic language courses for immigrants, level 1-5.
- Saga Akademía is a private language school teaching Icelandic for foreigners.
- VISKA, The ecudation centre and lifelong learning centre in the Westmann Islands provides icelandic courses for foreigners on different levels.
- 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.
Here are several links that are helpful to browse through if you want to know about cultural activities and / or cultural networks in Iceland.
- Multicultural and information centre
- Menningarmiðstöðin Múltíkúltí
- Multicultural council of Reykjavík
- Brasilíufélagið á Íslandi /Associação de Brasileiros na Islandia
- Félag frönskumælandi á Íslandi / Association des Francophones d'Islande
- Félag Kínverja á Íslandi / Association of Chinese in Iceland
- Komunitas Indonesia di Islandia (Félag Indónesíska á Íslandi)
- The Association Iceland-Palestine
- Félag Litháa á Íslandi / Islandijos Lietuviu Bendrupmené
- Félag Nýrra Íslendinga (Society of New Icelanders- SONI)
- AFPI - Associação de Falantes de Português na Islândia
- Félagið Tékkneska á Íslandi
- Hola félag spænskumælandi á Íslandi
- Icelands international parents - facebook
- Ítalska félagið á Íslandi - Associazione Italiana d'Islanda
- Kalak- vinafélag Grænlands og Íslands
- Mother tongue – assotiacion on bilingualism
- Philippines-Iceland Association – PHIL-ICE
- Samtök kvenna af erlendum uppruna (W.O.M.E.N)
- Ungir pólverjar á Íslandi – Project Polska
- Sænska félagið á Íslandi / Svenska foreningen
- Thailenska-íslenska félagið
- Vináttufélag Íslands og Kúbu (VÍK)
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