How To Live Icelandic

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Pub Date 28 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 18 Jan 2022

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This ultimate guide to one of the world's most beautiful and fascinating island nations is packed with travel tips, cultural and historical facts, and insights from Icelanders into how we can all make our lives a little more Icelandic.

Known as ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’, Iceland is a country of contrasts, from the enormous glaciers to the active volcanoes, the summer midnight sun to the briefest of winter days, the ancient language to the modern technological innovations. This is a nation with a rich and diverse culture as unique as its stunning landscapes.
How to Live Icelandic is the ultimate insider’s guide to this northerly nation. You may have already tried skyr for breakfast and listened to Sigur Rós on your daily commute, but how much do you know about the real Iceland; the locals’ take on this one-of-a-kind island?

Icelanders Nína Björk Jónsdóttir and Edda Magnus have put together the highlights of Icelandic music, literature, cultural attitudes, food traditions and celebrations so the rest of the world can benefit from the special blend of old Norse wisdom with liberal modern attitudes.

This beautiful book is full of inspiration and insight into this progressive and peaceful nation that has freedom, community and equality at its core, revealing why Iceland remains one of the happiest countries in the world.

From the How To Live... series of insightful guides to some of the most intriguing cultures and locations on the planet, other books available include How To Live Japanese, How To Live Korean and How to Live North.
This ultimate guide to one of the world's most beautiful and fascinating island nations is packed with travel tips, cultural and historical facts, and insights from Icelanders into how we can all...

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How to Live Icelandic is another lovely addition to this series of books (of which I have already read, and reviewed How to Live Japanese and How to Live Korean). The book covers everything from nature to festivals to language, accompanied by stunning photographs and a beautiful layout. I visited Iceland for the first time in 2015 and fell in love with the place, so this book was a beautiful reminder of a wonderful trip. I am also learning Icelandic (teaching myself, so it's slow-going) and therefore I found the section on idioms especially useful and interesting. For anyone interested in Iceland and Icelandic culture, this volume will be a perfect addition to your bookshelf.

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It’s funny how memes can prompt interest.

I really knew next to nothing about Iceland until a meme started floating around social media (as it’s wont to do), all about Jolabokaflod–a Christmas Eve tradition of giving books. (Read more on Martha Stewart and elsewhere, if so inclined!) For obvious reasons, the tradition sounds right up my alley! (Can I start reading now?)

So when I saw this book at NetGalley, I immediately jumped on it. It reads to me like part travel guide, part coffee-table book, including restaurant and activity recommendations as well as history, politics, art, music, and more. And of course, the photographs! Wow–utterly stunning; photographer Gunnar Freyr does a smashing job at capturing the country’s essence, whether in landscapes or close-up shots of chess pieces.

Just like any country (including mine :D), or any book for that matter, Iceland has its own quirks, some of which I was less inclined to read about than others. But there are plenteous highlights! The overview of the year, from Jolabakstur (in essence, making Christmas cookies) on through to the first day of summer, was particularly fascinating (and now I’m hungry!).

I will say, I expected more on incorporating Icelandic components into one’s own life–more “home how-to”-meets-the-Icelandic-version-of-hygge than Icelandic-life overview, the reader living Icelandic versus learning how others do–but it’s still an intriguing read, and serves as a good starting point for learning more. I suppose I need to know how the Icelanders themselves live before I imitate it, no? :)

I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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How To Live Icelandic is an amazing book full of stunning photographs and interesting information about the country. Perfect for anyone wanting to make a trip there, or for the armchair traveller who wants to indulge their senses. I loved all the tips and tricks and details about the places, and I definitely have it on my list of places I would love to visit. The itinerary for a day is Reykjavik is brilliant and when I get the chance to go, this book will be coming with me. What a stunning book (and country).

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I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a fascinating book!

It walks you through what life is like in Iceland. From the geography to cultural expectations around children to agricultural practices this is a very thorough book. There are lots of beautiful pictures and information about living in Iceland.

I learned a lot from this book. It includes the Icelandic alphabet, naming conventions, major cultural practices and celebrations, and more! The book highlights how eco-friendly Iceland is while also talking about how people in Iceland retire later in life than other Eastern Europeans and are an incredibly homogenous group.

It's a really informative read!

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I found this book to fascinating. The pictures are beautiful. I have been to Iceland and upon reading this book, realized just how much I had missed in the country. It really gives us a good idea of life in a underappreciated country. I will have to plan to return someday.

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YES - read it.

Wow - what a book! I was blown away. Having travelled to Iceland, I quite honestly thought this was better then any travel book I've read. While tourist books give you places to go & see, this book really explains the country. So if you travel just to take your picture in front of Sun Voyager like an oriental tourist, don't bother. If you travel to learn & understand more about a culture - oh this will give you a complete picture of Iceland and it's people. And absolutely GREAT pictures at that.

I had already learned most of things that the book talked about but even then, it often provided the back story or history behind why Icelanders do that. It really brought the Icelandic culture alive.

There are a few places on earth that are unique unto itself. Iceland is one of those (American desert SW another). So after reading this, it makes sense why the Icelandic culture is so unique.

I received an ARC from Netgalley to help prepare my honest review.

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This book is an interesting and insightful look into the lives, customs, and traditions of the people in Iceland. Beautifully photographed.

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I absolutely loved this book. I haven’t visited Iceland yet, but it is on my Bucket List.

The photographs throughout the book were stunning, particularly the aerial landscape photographs.

I liked the way the book was divided into chapters on the Areas of Iceland, the Culture, Life Indoors, Food, etc. Whilst the book covered aspects of Icelandic culture I was already aware of from other books and travel TV shows, there were aspects of Icelandic culture that I wasn’t aware of e.g. The Christmas Book Flood. I loved this and wish it could be something that we could absorb into our Christmas Tradition - The Christmas Book Flood is a his long-standing tradition where everyone receives at least one new book under the tree on Christmas Eve and the night is spent reading.

This book is delightful and a must read for anyone interested in Iceland.

Huge thanks to the publishers, Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion, and NetGalley for making the ARC available to me for a fair and honest review.

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What a beautiful book! I now need the hard copy for the exceptional photographs. I visited Iceland in 2018 and fell in love with its unique volcanic beauty, from the lava fields and beaches of Snæfellsnes to the glacier lagoon at Jökulsárlón. I wish i had read this before i had gone but love to read about places afterwards as well to evoke the sensory memories. Lots of useful tips, hisotory, language and cultural details

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