Wednesday 8 December 2021

Book Review: How to Live Icelandic by Nína Björk Jónsdóttir & Edda Magnus (Non-Fiction)

Title: How to Live Icelandic
Author:  Nína Björk Jónsdóttir & Edda Magnus
Publisher: White Lion Publishing
Publication Date: 28 December 2021
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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.


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.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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