Useful Words and Phrases in Icelandic

Icelandic for travelers

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Part of the series The Scandinavian Languages

To Start Learning Icelandic, Some Pronunciation Tips:

  • a = like a in father
  • e = like e in test
  • i, y = like i in little
  • u = like German ü in für or French u in tu
  • ö = like German ö in höher or French eu in neuf
  • æ sounds like eye
  • ð = like th in weather (voiced th)
  • þ = like th in thorn (unvoiced th)

Icelandic Small Talk

Yes = Já
No = Nei
Thank you = Takk
Thank you very much = Takk fyrir
You're welcome = þú ert velkominn/Gerðu svo vel
Please = Vinsamlegast/Takk
Excuse me = Fyrirgefðu
Hello = Halló/Góðan daginn
Goodbye = Bless
What is your name?

= Hvað heitir þú?
Nice to meet you = Gaman að kynnast þér
How are you? = Hvernig hefur þú það?
Good = Góður/Góð (male/fem.)
Bad = Vondur/Vond (male/fem.)

Where is ...? = Hvar er ...?
One ticket to ..., please. = Einn miða til ..., (takk fyrir).
Where are you going? = Hvert ertu að fara?
Bus = Strætisvagn
Airport = Flugvöllur
Bus station = Umferðarmiðstöð
Departure = Brottför
Arrival = Koma
Car rental agency = Bílaleiga
Hotel = Hótel
Room = Herbergi
Reservation = Bókun

zero = núll
one = einn
two = tveir
three = þrír
four = fjórir
five = fimm
six = sex
seven = sjö
eight = átta
nine = níu
ten = tíu

Useful Icelandic Phrases

How much does this cost? = Hvað kostar þetta (mikið)
I would like to buy ... = Ég mundi vilja kaupa ...
Do you accept credit cards? = Takið þið við krítarkortum?
Open = Opið
Closed = Lokað