Coat of Arms of Iceland

Icelandic / Íslenska

Icelandic is a North Germanic language spoken by approximately 330,000 people. It became the dominant language of Iceland after replacing Gaelic. While northern trade routes brought limited contact with German, English, Dutch, French and Basque, Iceland has historically been extremely linguistically isolated.

Iceland has had a long history of foreign rule. Between the 13th and 20th centuries, it was governed Norway and latterly by Denmark. During this time Norwegian and Danish was used in limited official contexts. In 1944, Iceland gained its independence and Icelandic was revived as national language.

Our specialist Icelandic linguists work with clients to facilitate communication with speakers of Icelandic around the globe. So whether you are preparing a product for international release or translating internal communications, our linguists strive to provide an exceptional translation or interpretation service.


Why Use Global Language Services

  • Experienced Icelandic Translators & Interpreters
  • Industry Specialism
  • Extensive Linguist Database
  • Local Demand / Local Supply Policy
  • ISO 9001:2008 Accreditation
  • BS EN 15038 Accreditation
  • Regular Staff Training
  • Rigorous Confidentiality Policies
  • Flexible Support

What Our Clients Said

“A big thank you to all concerned. Feedback from the customer is that they have been very impressed and pleased with the format.”

– Scottish Prison Service

“Well, I must say I have always been impressed with the quick responses to my requests but this is a record, just under 30 minutes. Many thanks again.”

– VIA Lothian and Borders

Did You Know?

While Icelandic became the national language of in the years following independence, it was only made the official language by virtue of a parliamentary act introduced in 2011.

Help Us Exceed Your Needs

If you make your brief as detailed as possible, we can deliver a service that is specifically tailored to your requirements. Whether you are preparing to take a product international or you are producing internal communications for a multinational, contact us today and we will discuss how we can help.

Contact us today by requesting a quote, calling 0141 429 3429, or emailing

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