In case you’re in need of some last-minute gift ideas for the Icelandophile in your life we’ve rounded up a few things you can do to impress them without having to join the mad rush of the high street shopping crowds at the 11th hour. The more obvious gifts that spring to mind are those you can deliver immediately via digital downloads such as albums by Iceland musicians or the works of great contemporary Icelandic authors, such as Yrsa Sigurdardottir, the ‘Icelandic Queen of Nordic Noir’ and Hallgrimur Helgason (author of Reykjavík 101, and the brilliant Woman at 1000 Degrees). But in case you’re looking for something extra special, here are a few suggestions.

  • Icelandair Gift Certificate

Icelandair are encouraging folks to give the gift of travel this holiday season with their fabulous seasonal gift certificates. Valid for five years from the date of purchase, the certificates can be used as payment towards any Icelandair flight. You can decide yourself on the value of the certificate by either putting something towards the fare or registering a value that will cover the entire journey. You can also select a currency and choose a nice photo to go on it.

Visit Icelandair’s gift certificate webpage page for further details.

  • A place on the Iceland Writers Retreat: 11-15 April 2018


A trip to the 2018 Iceland Writers Retreat would be a fantastic gift for anyone who loves to write. The event, which will be celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2018, has established itself as one of the best, annually featuring a faculty of award-winning and best-selling authors and attracting creative writers from all over the world. It’s perfect for those interested in developing their writing skills, exploring Iceland, getting inspired and meeting amazing authors and fabulous like-minded people. To register for someone else other than yourself please send an email to iwr@icelandwritersretreat.com. If you are treating yourself, and why not, then go directly to the Iceland Writers Retreat registration page.

  • Iceland Airwaves: 7 – 10 November 2018

Tickets to Iceland’s hippest music festival to see the “hottest bands from around the world in the coolest setting on Earth” are sure to get your favourite music-loving Icelanophile jumping with joy, especially since next year the event will be celebrating its 20th anniversary! For this gift idea, you could either buy a whole package deal from Icelandair or click on the Iceland Airwaves website and buy the tickets separately.

  • An Equal Difference by Gabriellle Motola

The gorgeous 256-page book has received nothing but praise and raves reviews since its publication. It’s available in both hardcover and as an ebook featuring 165 impressive photographs and candid interviews with a fascinating cast of Icelandic folks from all different walks of life. It took three years in the making but the end result is a gorgeous masterpiece presenting “a unique and revealing exploration of modern Icelandic society.” The ebook version of An Equal Difference would make a perfect last-minute gift for any Icelandophile! Visit the official website for further information or send an email to info@gabriellemotola.com.

  • A course in Icelandic!

This fantastic distance-learning course from Icelandic Online would certainly be a hit with your favourite language nerd with a crush on Iceland! Registration for the 8-week course, which comes with the aid of a tutor, starts on January 8th, 2018 and focuses on communication, writing and grammar with exercises and plenty of help and instruction.  The great thing about this course is that it’s a ‘non-simultaneous, self-access online course ‘ meaning, as long as you have an Internet connection, you can study whenever and wherever you like!

More information and registration details can be found here.

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