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.      


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


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.     


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.     


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