Iceland Sayings and Quotes

Home to the world’s most northern capital city, Iceland is for many, a land of mystery and wonder. From its volcanic landscape to intriguing folklore, it’s hard not to be fascinated with this country. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and humorous quotes about Iceland.


There is no more sagacious animal than the Icelandic horse. He is stopped by neither snow, nor storm, nor impassable roads, nor rocks, glaciers, or anything. He is courageous, sober, and surefooted. He never makes a false step, never shies. If there is a river or fjord to cross (and we shall meet with many) you will see him plunge in at once, just as if he were amphibious, and gain the opposite bank.     

Jules Verne

The problem with driving around Iceland is that you’re basically confronted by a new soul-enriching, breath-taking, life-affirming natural sight every five goddamn minutes. It’s totally exhausting     

Stephen Markley

I have had to deal with the elfin naïve nonsense stamp all my life and I have never seen an elf and I don’t think I’m naïve.      

Björk

People are always asking me about eskimos, but there are no eskimos in Iceland     

Björk

When you live in Iceland, so very far away from everything else, you have no concept that anything you do will be heard outside of Reykjavik. I still don't know how we managed it.      

Jon Thor Birgisson

In Iceland, you can see the contours of the mountains wherever you go, and the swell of the hills, and always beyond that the horizon. And there's this strange thing: you're never sort of hidden; you always feel exposed in that landscape. But it makes it very beautiful as well.     

Hannah Kent

In Reykjavik, Iceland, where I was born, you are in the middle of nature surrounded by mountains and ocean. But you are still in a capital in Europe. So I have never understood why I have to choose between nature or urban.     

Björk

There is a glacier in Iceland, Solheimar, which has retreated a great deal, and every time I go back there and see what's not there any more, it does something to the heart. It makes you realise it's possible for a gigantic natural element to just disappear.     

James Balog

Few people take an interest in Iceland, but in those few the interest is passionate.     

W. H. Auden

Iceland sets a world-record. The United Nations asked people from all over the world a series of questions. Iceland stuck out on one thing. When we were asked what do we believe, 90% said, 'ourselves'. I think I'm in that group. If I get into trouble, there's no God or Allah to sort me out. I have to do it myself.     

Björk

Did you know there's probably more golf played in Iceland than most places in the world? They play 24 hours a day in the summertime and the northern part is warmer than the southern part.     

Jack Nicklaus

Throughout the history of Iceland, men have been lost at sea; every family in Iceland is connected to that kind of story.     

Baltasar Kormakur

A bad rower blames his oars.     

Icelandic Proverb

Blind is a man without a book.     

Icelandic Proverb

I’ve walked a lot in the mountains in Iceland. And as you come to a new valley, as you come to a new landscape, you have a certain view. If you stand still, the landscape doesn’t necessarily tell you how big it is. It doesn’t really tell you what you’re looking at. The moment you start to move the mountain starts to move.     

Olafur Eliasson

The thing about Iceland is that we are trapped there anyway, all of us. We have been trapped there for thousands of years.     

Baltasar Kormakur

There’s no one on the island telling them they’re not good enough, so they just go ahead and sing and paint and write.     

Eric Weiner

When I’m in a place like Iceland, I allow myself to take a little more time to divert off onto other paths creatively for a while and see what comes to me.     

Damien Rice

I still don’t know why, exactly, but I do think people can have a spiritual connection to landscape, and I certainly did in Iceland.     

Hannah Kent

Three things, according to poets, are considered bliss in Iceland: hot rye cakes, plump girls, and cold buttermilk.     

Halldor Laxness

Iceland, I’m in love with that country, the people are incredible.     

Kit Harington

If you get lost in an Icelanding forest, simply stand up and you will find your way.     

Icelandic Proverb

Iceland is beautiful. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine living anywhere else.     

Baltasar Kormakur

Iceland is a modern nation. It is not crowded. And, the people enjoy a high standard of living.     

Kristin Van Cleaf

Iceland is fascinating; really an amazing place to visit, and great for a film to go there.     

Russell Crowe

When I prepare, I am not messing around. I find the right places, the right people, and the right environment. Iceland is one of those places.     

Conor McGregor

I have a deep and ongoing love of Iceland particular the landscape and when writing Burial Rites, I was constantly trying to see whether I could distill its extraordinary and ineffable qualities into a kind of poetry.     

Hannah Kent

You cannot speak Icelandic without moving your lips, I'm telling you. Think about it: there's no Icelandic ventriloquists, ever!     

Jeff Dunham

I thought Iceland was covered with ice. Greenland is covered with ice, and Iceland is very nice!     

Steven Brill

It's kind of a safe haven for us, Iceland. We are left on our own here.      

Dean DeBlois

It says here that Iceland is green and Greenland is icy. The Vikings switched the names to screw with people.     

James L. Brooks

And be humbled in Iceland / And the spawn of the volcano / Is thick and impatient / Like the people around it.     

Craig Scanlon

Goat's head in the deli case / Oh sweet angel-angel-bearded face / Paper mache parade on at night / That's what you do with no sunlight / In the tropical tropical / Tropical ice-land      

Eleanor Friedberger

Rising red heart / Dawn over Iceland / Memories have been on me like a stone / Two hearts under the sun / Smoke told stories / We are never coming down     

State of Sea

Infinity gives me chills / So could the waters of Iceland     

Joan C Baez

In Iceland, where the mountain stood with pride / They set off with their guide / To reach the mountain side     

Brian J Culberstson

Frozen fire, in this Iceland sleeps desire, / Frozen fire, a blue flame beneath the wire / I'm frozen     

Peter Peavy- Wagner

From the mountain and burn / The path of our time / Hail people of Iceland / Journey of a land anew     

Mastodon

Bury me in the North Atlantic. / A fog there from Iceland will be a murmur in gray over me and a long deep wind sob always.     

Carl Sandburg

From the night-bird's lay through the starry time, / In the groves of the soft Hesperian clime, / To the swan's wild note by the Iceland lakes, / When the dark fir-branch into verdure breaks.     

Felicia Dorothea Hemans

Iceland is more than pretty views and primeval landscapes. It is a land where horses grow long hair on their backs and where the liquorice aisle is the longest one in the shops.     

Andrew Evans

Iceland is not just a sightseeing destination but a place where we come to feel things we've never felt before - what it's like to be the only person on earth or how it feels to be outnumbered a million to one.     

Andrew Evans

As my journey progressed across Iceland, words began to fail me so that all I could do was circle a fjord and write 'Wow.'     

Andrew Evans

Iceland has such amazing landscapes. It's also why Iceland is considered an art of Scandinavia in only a cultural sense.     

Andrew Evans

The shaped of Iceland has been compared to everything from a human heart to a cow to a dragon.     

Andrew Evans

Until the very recently, Iceland was known for its extraordinary landscapes--made up of volcanoes, glaciers, lava fields and deep fjords--and the rich heritage left by descendants of the Vikings through the sagas.     

Daniel Chartier

Iceland has valuable resources in abundance, ranging from fish to clean energy and, as such, they can be leveraged for the good of the nation.     

Daniel Chartier

There is something invigorating about Iceland at this moment--like being with people waking from a dream. It's exciting and instructive.     

A.A. Gil

Due to its small consumer base and dependency on imports, Iceland is an expensive country to visit, even compared to the rest of Europe and Scandinavia.     

David Leffman

Icelanders love exploring their country and travel all over if for work and play, and - in summer - almost every settlement has somewhere to stay in the shape of a hotel, guesthouse, hostel or campsite.     

David Leffman

You'll find plenty of farms in Iceland, some with histories going back to sage times.     

David Leffman

Camping is a great way to experience Iceland, especially during the light summer nights, when it's bright enough in your tent at midnight to feel like it's time to get up.     

David Leffman

You probably won't be coming to Iceland to swim, but in fact this is a major social activity year-round with Icelanders, and it's a great way to meet people or just see them unwinding - it seems mandatory for businessmen to have a dip on their way to work.     

David Leffman

Iceland is an island of fire and ice.      

Jonathan Wilcox

Iceland's current standards of living and learning are a testament to its success in recognizing the island's potential.     

Jonathan Wilcox

Iceland is full of hot springs and rivers, which often flow down spectacular waterfalls on their way to the sea.     

Jonathan Wilcox

The harsh terrain and sparse population have left Iceland a country of breathtaking unspoiled natural beauty.     

Jonathan Wilcox

In Iceland people wrote in their own language -- and about themselves.     

Jane Simmonds

Iceland today has all the trappings of an industrialized nation, with a sophisticated, consumer-orientation society, comprehensive welfare system and one of the highest standards of living in the world.     

Jane Simmonds

Icelanders may take their work seriously but they are equally single-minded about their play.     

Jane Simmonds

Sudden changes in the weather occur frequently in Iceland and a variety of weather fronts can quickly follow one after another.     

Gabriele Handl

Iceland is a nature lover's paradise.     

Gabriele Handl

With more than six species regularly seen, Iceland is fast becoming acknowledged as a world-class whale and dolphin watching destination.     

Cathy Harlow

Islanders are passionate about the arts. Every other street corner is bedecked with sculpture.     

Cathy Harlow

Iceland is a country of remarkable beauty and starkly contrasting landscapes.     

Roger K. Sandness

By almost any measure, Iceland is one of the world's most unique lands.     

Roger K. Sandness

Islanders have defied the laws of isolation. In fact, they have developed a way of life that in many respects is one of the finest in the world.     

Roger K. Sandness

Yes, in countless ways, Iceland is a fascinating, mysterious, contradictory land.     

Roger K. Sandness

Iceland is home to and has been shaped by the primary forces that have molded the entire Earth: volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and erosion.     

Roger K. Sandness

Iceland, one of the most exciting countries in the world.     

Don Young

To this day, Iceland has no military forces, such as army, navy, or air force.     

Don Young

Iceland is indeed a wilderness, the stamp seems to assert, but it is our wilderness.     

Karen Oslund

Icelandic nature is extreme, unpredictable, and even wild, but people live within this wilderness, and their character has been formed by the struggle with this nature.     

Karen Oslund

In Iceland no single elite or foreign power controlled and manipulated representations of the environment entirely.     

Karen Oslund