By Michelle Yastremsky
Volcanoes, geothermal lagoons, northern lights, cotton-candy colored valleys…there’s no land in the world quite like Iceland. You may not be there (yet), but you can still escape to Iceland by becoming immersed in their one-of-a-kind culture. Here are a selection of books, songs, and movies to help whisk you away.
Music of Iceland
Bjork is one of few performers who have achieved worldwide success. Enjoy a sample of her chilling vocals and avant-garde stylings.
Of Monsters and Men
Iceland’s indie rock scene is one worth taking note of! Reykjavik success Of Mice and Men have also made it onto global charts.
Icelandic Folk Music
Follow along as the singers of this Iceland Folk Song share stories of elves, adventure, and loss.
Sounds of Iceland
What if you could hear the sound of a country? The rush of the waterfall hitting the river, the hooves of a horse stomping on the ground, the hum of the fishing boats drifting slowly out to sea. Hear it before you see it with this hypnotizing compilation of the sounds of Iceland.
Movies of Iceland
From massive glaciers to desolate lands, Iceland’s wild terrain is the perfect backdrop to a number of Hollywood hits, including Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, James Bond: Die Another Day, and Batman Begins. Game of Thrones fans are also sure to recognize a number of Iceland’s landmarks from various episodes, including those that take place “North of the wall!”
Icelandic horses are just as unique as the country they reside in. Get well acquainted with this local wildlife while enjoying the prize-winning drama Of Horses and Men.
(Un)Required Reading: Literature of Iceland
Brush up on your Icelandic knowledge with a deep dive into this assortment of books.
Iceland has elves and hidden people – it’s true! Or at least, they claim it is. Brush up on your Icelandic folklore with this conveniently-sized book.
Where should you go? How can you get the best prices? What’s the history of the landmark you are standing in front of? Answer these questions and more with this handy companion.
Bring a taste of Iceland to your own kitchen! This collection of 25 traditional Icelandic recipes is sure to amp you up for your trip beforehand, as well as keep the fun going long after you’ve returned.
Dive into a book by one of Iceland’s most favorite writers – Halldor Laxness. Popular works include Independent People, The Fish Can Sing, and Iceland’s Bell.