Learn Icelandic (more) easily

Let’s face it, finding good Icelandic learning materials is a pain! So, I created this friendly site to empower intrepid folk who’d rather learn at their own speed, and address some deceptively common questions about Icelandic. It won’t be easy, but it'll be that much easier.

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Recent language guides

Verb Second – V2

Who's on first? Does this article finally answer the age-old question posed by Abbot and Costello back in 1938? No, obviously not, but it helps to learn about verb second word order!

Basic Word Order

Welcome to Icelandic 101, day 1 hour 0, square one, baby's first steps. Basic word order awaits!

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"To have access to a resource like Siggi is indispensable."

“What makes Siggi unique as a teacher is his unequivocal insight to the Icelandic language, coupled with relentless determination for his students’ understanding of it.  To have access to a resource like Siggi is indispensable.”

Laura Liu

Violinist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra

"He was available, friendly, competent, and knowledgeable."

I was very impressed with Siggi's energetic and engaged way of teaching. He was available, friendly, competent, and knowledgeable and I learned a lot from our classes. I can thoroughly recommend Siggi as a teacher.”

Asbjørn Ibsen Bruun

Horn player with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra
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Personalize your learning with private lessons

There are better ways to learn Icelandic than tattooing noun declensions on your left arm or changing your phone’s settings to “Íslenska”. I offer joyous one-on-one classes for those who like to have a laugh and learn extra quickly.  

(Don’t worry, unions happily—and regularly—cover 75%-100% of your course fees.)

1 class

5 classes

10 classes

10,000 ISK

9,000 ISK

8,000 ISK

“When I found out Siggi was teaching private lessons I didn’t hesitate to reach out to him.”

"Siggi was my first teacher of Icelandic when I started in Tin can factory and since then I have loved the way he teaches and how proactive his lessons are. When I found out he was teaching Icelandic private classes I didn’t hesitate to reach out to him to be one of his students. He is amazing, resourceful and has a lot of good methods and tips. My Icelandic has improved a lot since he became my teacher. I will always admire his way of teaching and his dedication."

Hugo Alejandro Arteaga Vivas

Geophysical engineer

"After just 3 lessons with Siggi, the task of learning Icelandic felt less daunting."

Sigurður is a true linguist with a vast knowledge of languages and a genuine passion for teaching Icelandic. I had been learning Icelandic on and off for 3 years, but hadn't really managed to wrap my head around many of the basic rules and constructs of Icelandic. Sigurður was easily able to identify where my knowledge gaps lay and adapt his teaching to my learning requirements to help me grasp these fundamentals in a fun and effective manner. After just 3 lessons with Siggi, the task of learning Icelandic felt less daunting. Learning to speak Icelandic now feels like a realistic possibility for me.

Philip Farren

Project manager

Fyrirgefðu, I’m fully booked.

Lots of people feel your pain and have requested all of my help. However, I’m increasing my teaching hours soon. Add your name on the list to hear when a spot is available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Don’t see your question here? Write me a message and I’ll get back to you.

Will my union  pay?


- Efling will reimburse you for 75% of the price, bringing it down to 2,000 ISK.

- SSF will reimburse for 80%, bringing the price per class down to just 1,600 ISK/class.

- VR, Framsýn and Hlíf will reimburse for 90%, bringing it down to just 800 ISK. If they reimbursed you any harder I'd be paying you.

- Sameyki (for city workers), Stamos and reimburse 100%. I'll buy you a cup of coffee and you'll come out of this with a profit.

I'm not sure, is there a free trial lesson?

Of course, great private teachers are like a great pair of shoes—you need to try them out to know if they fit. (We also help you look good at parties!)

The first class is completely free with no commitments.

How much does it cost?

10,000 per 45 minute class, OR
9,000 per class if you buy 5 classes (for a total 45.000), OR
8,000 per class if you buy 10 classes (for a total of 80.000)

That's before your union or employer subsidises the price. The out-of-pocket cost to you, the student, ends up being 0-2,500 per class.

When can I take a class?

Weekdays and Saturdays between 10:00 and 17:00.

Feel free to get in touch if you’re only available for classes in the evening, though — I can recommend a great colleague for you!

If the guides are free, why would I want private lessons?

That's an excellent point, they are very good articles! Like any education, you can always become an expert by just reading the books at a decent library, but will miss out on the guidance and practical aspects that courses offer.

Private Icelandic lessons provide you with experienced tutelage, but more importantly a personal touch and an effective support network.

Say hello!

Reach out to share questions, concerns, or grievances that you may have about Icelandic. I’m always happy to help.


Contact me

Write me with any questions or concerns. You can also write me to sign up for my private lessons waitlist.

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