We spent the summer of 2016 touring Iceland. Now we're writing a guidebook to tell you exactly what you want to know:

How to take the whole family abroad and survive the process unscathed.


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Iceland with Parents, Preparation

Icelandic With Blaer 1: Pronunciation

If you’re planning to go to Iceland, it might be useful to learn a bit of Icelandic first! A lot of Icelanders speak English, but you’ll be able to go to more places and learn more things with at least basic knowledge of Icelandic. I don’t know much Icelandic yet, so I’m going to be learning as I post!

I have found Memrise, an online flashcard and memorization tool, to be useful for language learning (my favorite is Duolingo, which doesn’t yet offer Icelandic). I have made an account here and will hopefully be posting Icelandic flashcards as I go.

Here‘s the link to the course for this post, in case you don’t want to read the whole thing. And here are some resources if you want more information:


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Iceland with Parents


Hi! I’m Blaer. I’m the oldest sister (14) and I’ll be posting about the Icelandic language, as well as managing some social media accounts. Here’s a little factoid to get you started:

In Iceland, many last names will be in the form [name]sson or [name]sdóttir. As you may have guessed, “son” and “dóttir” mean “son” and “daughter.” (Almost) everyone’s last name is based off of their father’s. Imagine you have a father named Erik. Then your last name will either be Eriksson or Eriksdóttir, depending on your gender. (Some celebrities in Iceland have a family name which is inherited, but the norm is these kinds of names, called “patronymics.”) If my family had been Icelandic, I would be Blaer Ericsdóttir. What’s your Icelandic name?