GET YOUR TEETH INTO ICELANDIC PRONUNCIATION

Oct 18, 2018


Frequently named as one of the hardest languages for English speakers to learn, there’s no denying that Icelandic isn’t the most straightforward to get your tongue around! Last year, we created a list of some of the most popular visitor attractions in Iceland and devised a handy guide on how to pronounce them. It seemed many of you found it useful, so we thought wed share it with you again.

Icelandic Phonetic Meaning What is it?

Dyrhólaey

dir-oh-lay Door hole island 120 metre high promontory located on Iceland’s south coast

Eyjafjallajökull

aye-a-fetla-yo-cult Island-mountains- glacier Ice cap

Geysir

gay-seer To gush (derived from the verb geysa) Hot spring intermittently jetting steam and hot water

Gullfoss

gool-foss Golden falls One of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls which is part of the Golden Circle tour

Hallgrímskirkja

hal-grims-kirk-yow Hallgrímur’s church (named after reverend and hymn writer Hallgrímur Pétursson) Iceland’s largest church located in Reykjavík

Heimaey

hay-ma-hay Home island Largest Westmann Island

Hella

het-la The town’s name comes from caves near the river. Small town in southern Iceland on the shores of river Ytri-Rangá

Husið

who-sid House Guesthouse in the Icelandic countryside

Hveragerði

kver-a-ger-thi ‘Greenhouse village’ where abundant geothermal energy is used

Hvolsvöllur

k-vols-vot-lur Hill field Small town in south of Iceland

Keflavík

kep-la-veek Driftwood bay International airport

Kerið

care-ith Basin 55 metre deep volcanic crater

Krýsuvík

crews-a-veek Geothermal area with bubbling mud puddles

Landmannalaugar

Land-man-allow-gar The people’s pools Volcanic area at the edge of Laugahraun lava field

Mýrdalsjökull

myrr-dals-yo-cult Mire valley glacier Ice cap in the south of Iceland

Reynisdrangar

ray-niss-drang-gar Depositional coastal area

Reykjavík

ray-kya-vik Smokey bay Capital of Iceland

Selfoss

sell-foss Seal waterfall(The story behind the name is there was a small ‘waterfall’ which the seals use to get stuck swimming in) Town in southern Iceland on the banks of the Ölfusá river

Seljalandsfoss

sell-ya-lands-foss Selling the land of waterfalls One of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls

Skalinn

scowl-inn Scale Guesthouse in the Icelandic countryside

Skógar

sko-gar Forests Small Icelandic village located south of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier

Skógafoss

sko-ga-goss Forest waterfall Famous waterfall in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline

Sólheimajökull

soul-heem-a-yo-kull Glacier of the Sun Shrinking black glacier tongue in the south of Iceland

Stóra Dímon

store-a-dimon Great double mount Volcanic outcrop on the southern coast of Iceland

Þingvellir

thing-vet-lerr Assembly plains Former site of the oldest parliament, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site where separating crustal plates of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge can be seen above sea level. Part of the Golden Circle tour.

Vestmannaeyjar

vest-manny-yar Town on Heimaey which was affected by the Eldfell eruption in 1973

Vík

veek Bay Southernmost village in Iceland