The Literary City

The City of Reykjavik was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature in August 2011, the fifth city in the world and the first non-native English speaking city to receive the honorary title.

Iceland is often referred to as the Saga Island, and Icelanders have long defined themselves as a literary nation. Literature is without a doubt the strongest aspect of the cultural history of the people that settled this northerly island in the ninth century and immediately started recounting its story and committing it to calfskin two centuries later. This great emphasis on the art of articulation has followed the nation ever since and is one of the cornerstones of its identity and history, not least because of the status of Icelandic medieval literature at home and abroad.

Ten Things to know about the Literary City

Reykjavik Reads

Sleipnir and the joy of reading

Let’s Read – A National Game of Reading

Reykjavík Book Fair

City Libraries

Literary Awards

Festivals

Publishers