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Garthar Svavarsson[edit]

why is the article about him using a poorly anglicized version of the name?--Marhawkman (talk) 07:58, 4 January 2009 (UTC)

Financial and political crisis Jan 2009[edit]

It seems that the current financial and political crisis in Iceland is the most severe in quite a while. Eirikur Bergmann writes in the Guardian --

"While Barack Obama was being sworn in to office on Capitol Hill yesterday, the people of Iceland were starting the first revolution in the history of the republic. The word "revolution" might sound a bit of an overstatement, but given the calm temperament that usually prevails in Icelandic politics, the unfolding events represent, at the very least, a revolution in political activism."
I don't know how much of this is exaggeration, but I assume that not all of it is.
Shouldn't we be adding a little more on this to the main article Iceland?
(I will not be doing this myself.) For convenience, links to 2008–2012 Icelandic financial crisis and 2009 Icelandic financial crisis protests. -- (talk) 16:17, 23 January 2009 (UTC)


I started this article just recently, help expanding Spánverjavígin would be nice.Hammer of the Gods27 (talk) 02:36, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

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Þórhildur Þorleifsdóttir needs sourcing[edit]

Þórhildur Þorleifsdóttir needs sourcing WhisperToMe (talk) 14:35, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

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Þ/ð debate[edit]

There's a fairly strong debate going on on the Teitur Þórðarson talk page regarding the use of Þ/ð in main article names. Some input from the Iceland project would probably be helpful because it also touches on the names of other Iceland related pages such as Þingvellir. If this topic has been debated before and a policy agreed, it would be good to know about. Cheers! Akerbeltz (talk) 20:55, 22 March 2009 (UTC)

I'd use th in the names and use the other spelling in the main text. Mainly because people can't type Þ normally on a keyboard.--Marhawkman (talk) 01:59, 13 April 2009 (UTC)
I don't know about that... Myself I'm using a norwegian keyboard, it don't have Þ but I can get it with alt + 0222...
But I think I see the point of using th instead too... Luredreier (talk) 07:35, 12 January 2011 (UTC)
Keyboards are irrelevant. The Wikipedia Manual of Style is unequivocal when it comes to English language articles - Names not originally in a Latin alphabet must be romanized into characters generally intelligible to English-speakers. (talk) 04:57, 21 July 2011 (UTC)

Icelandic Hockey League[edit]

Any help would be good, Icelandic Hockey League. I am near the limits of what I can do to help. )LAz17 (talk) 00:13, 11 April 2009 (UTC)).

Hrafnkels saga[edit]

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Ingólfr the Viking[edit]

“According to tradition recorded in Landnámabók, the settlement of Iceland began in 874 when the Norwegian chieftain Ingólfur Arnarson became the first permanent Norwegian settler on the island.[4]"


My name is Einar--Einargunnarb (talk) 16:04, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

What can I say. The above is bad. And referring to a website! It is not possible to say with certainty that Ingólfr the Viking was a Norwegian. Most likely he was not, judging by the primary sources and other evidence. Primary sources have to be used here and in the original language. We can only say with certainty that Ingólfr was Scandinavian, but there are many scholars who want to promote his supposed Norwegian origin. That is another story. I discuss Ingólfr and other interesting issues in an article just being published by a Norwegian magazine. The following letter is introducing the article. It is a short article and most find it interesting.

I have cancelled my previously announced plans of a book about Ohthere’s voyages, which was scheduled for publishing in 2008 or 2009. My most recent article (National Historiographies and the Viking Age: A Re-examination) is divided into three chapters which are named: Ohthere’s Sciringes heal(h); The first victims in the westward expansion of the Vikings; Ingólfr the Viking: the Swedish connection. In the first chapter, I heavily criticize a well-known theory that is a central theory in Norwegian historiography. In the second chapter, I pose a pioneering theory about who were the first victims in the westward expansion of the Vikings. In the third chapter, I discuss Ingólfr the Viking, the account in Libellus Islandorum about the first settlers of Iceland, and other interesting issues. In my view, an exceptionally exciting article. Published in Aust-Agder-Arv 2008

Best regards Einar Gunnar Birgisson

Eldfell at FAR[edit]

Sorry to do this - has only 7 inline refs and an ugly tag I cannot in good faith remove, and I lack material on volcanoes. Good luck. Casliber (talk · contribs) 09:54, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

PS: sinking now - Wikipedia:Featured_article_review/Eldfell/archive1#FARC_commentary - can anyone help with sourcing? Casliber (talk · contribs) 22:53, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Proposal for a 200-WikiProject contest[edit]

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GA Sweeps invitation[edit]

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Icelandic heraldry[edit]

I would like all the help I can get with Icelandic heraldry, and I hope someone here has better access to sources than I currently have, especially in regard to civic "heraldry" (municipal logos). Thank you all for looking! Wilhelm_meis (talk) 01:43, 5 June 2009 (UTC)

Category:Icelandic historical figures[edit]

I see that this category is being used for individuals who lived prior to the modern era, but "historical figures" is vague as a category title, and could just mean anyone who merits an article and is therefore worthy of historical notation. This should be changed into Category:Icelandic people by century (see Category:People by nationality and century and subdivided (e.g., Category:13th century-Icelandic people). Postdlf (talk) 17:51, 15 October 2009 (UTC)

Garðabær and Þingeyri[edit]

Move requests have been made on Talk:Garðabær and Talk:Þingeyri. The issue concerns the perennial question of what characters are acceptable in article titles. Haukur (talk) 23:10, 14 November 2009 (UTC)

Oh, and Garður, I forgot that one. Haukur (talk) 14:43, 16 November 2009 (UTC)


Can someone please review the articles I've started. see my user page for a list. How am I doing?--Mr ComeGo (talk) 02:59, 31 December 2009 (UTC)

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Icelandic television and radio channels (online)[edit]

It would be nice to have an article about Icelandic television and radio channels including the sites of those that offer streaming or other forms of online broadcasting. This could help a lot all learnes of Icelandic providing them a constant speech input that may improve their oral understanding and accent even when they are doing other things than learning. Wisapi (talk) 00:03, 28 January 2010 (UTC)

Photo request[edit]

When the weather permits, would anyone like to photograph the Icelandair head office? It is located on the grounds of Reykjavík Airport. Thanks WhisperToMe (talk) 00:33, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

Icelandic references in Halldór Laxness novels[edit]

I would like to see more comments on the Icelandic words and references in Halldór's novels. I do not speak Icelandic but have studied Norwegian and have three dictionaries of Icelandic and Old Norse, plus a couple of grammar books. I will start posting some comments very carefully and I hope native speakers of Icelandic will notice and correct any errors that I make, or expand on my comments. Egabay (talk) 18:51, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

Freedom of panorama in Iceland[edit]

Commons:Freedom of panorama#Iceland says that "Iceland basically allows freedom of panorama for both buildings and works of the arts in general that have been permanently placed outdoors. If the work is the main subject of the photo and the photo is used commercially, the author of the work (this applies to both buildings and other works!) is entitled to remuneration, unless the publication of the image is in a newspaper or a TV broadcast."

Does this mean that photos of buildings and sculptures can be used here with a fair use licence? I would like to use a Creative Commons image of The Sun Voyager from Flickr (or an editor from here, if he or she wishes to donate one), but I am not sure if the licence can be changed to fair use. Hayden120 (talk) 09:02, 13 March 2010 (UTC)

I've contacted a member of the parliament in Iceland (Birgitta Jónsdóttir), the laws are soon to be changed, hopefully in October / November 2010 (as she told me), so that the pictures won't conflict the rights of use on Wikipedia. Reyndeer —Preceding undated comment added 22:43, 27 September 2010 (UTC).

The Icesave referendum[edit]

Hey guys I recently suggested that the name of "Icelandic debt repayment referendum 2010" be changed to "The Icesave referendum". If any of you feel like weighing in on that discussion then please join us at,_2010 .--Icelandic Viking POWER (talk) 13:58, 15 March 2010 (UTC)

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Icesave referendum[edit]

There is an ongoing request for move at,_2010 those interested are asked to participate in the discussion.--Icelandic Viking POWER (talk) 21:18, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

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AFD for Minarc[edit]

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Minarc. It's a family business of Icelandic expatriates in California. East of Borschov (talk) 05:21, 19 May 2010 (UTC)

template:Iceland Portal[edit]

FYI, {{Iceland Portal}} has been nominated for deletion. (talk) 05:08, 24 May 2010 (UTC)

Icelandic cuisine[edit]

Are any editors here knowledgeable in Icelandic cuisine? The section on Iceland is rather small and unsourced. Thanks, Hayden120 (talk) 05:25, 9 July 2010 (UTC)


I think the two dishes are the same, but right now the smalahove article is only listed in the norway project and the food and drink project, not in the iceland project. Also the article claims that the dish is traditionally norwegian without mentioning any presence of it in other western nordic countries. Could someone here that know a bit more about the the (two) dish(es) please edit the article, find sources and then delete this comment? Thanks in advance :-) Luredreier (talk) 07:44, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

PS. The reason I haven't done it yet is that I don't feel qualified to do so as a vegetarian since it's a meat dish... Luredreier (talk) 07:44, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

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Proposed deletion of Fréttir[edit]

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A search for references found that the word "Fréttir" is the word for "news". All of the news programs and papers and web pages are "Fréttir" (news). It is no more appropriate for the Icelandic word "Fréttir" to contain an article about a specific program that it would be for english word News to do so. No version of generic usage exist in history for this article. Delete and redirect to News

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Constitutional convention in iceland[edit]

hi everybody, have you ever heard of a constitutional convention in iceland? I read in some newspapers in france that Berghildur Erla Bergthorsdottir is thespokeswoman for the committee entrusted with organizing the Constitutional Assembly. Can you help me in order to know if it is true? if so why is there no news about it? thanks and best wishes for 2011! Viking59 (talk) 23:01, 3 January 2011 (UTC)

Sort keys for Icelandic names[edit]

The AWB developers are trying to implement the addition of correct sort keys (DEFAULTSORT, listas) for Icelandic names. But, judging by examples, there seems to be great confusion about the matter. According to Icelandic name, Icelandic directories are alphabetized by first name rather than surname, and indeed, many articles use a DEFAULTSORT of "firstname surname". I believe I've seen some which use the same rule as for Chinese names and add a comma: "firstname, surname". A great many have "surname, firstname", but I wonder if a lot of those may have been added by bots or people (with or without tools) who were unfamiliar with Icelandic names. To confuse the matter even further, many articles use one sort key for specifically Iceland-related categories, and a different one for other categories. Can someone help to clear this up? Thanks. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 21:01, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

I think the best solution is "firstname, surname". I have seen the following variants:
  1. firstname surname
  2. firstname, surname
  3. surname, firstname
  4. first parameter of {{Icelandic name}} (i.e. usually only firstname)
-- Magioladitis (talk) 22:24, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Copied from my talk page:
When I first ran into Icelandic names as a sorting problem I looked on as many articles as I could to get a sense of what was really happening. Back then there was a tendency to treat the patronym / matronym as a surname except on Iceland-specific categories. I do not know if that is still true. JimCubb (talk) 00:57, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
-- Magioladitis (talk) 13:34, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

It would be interesting to know how Icelandic phone books sort the names. My other question is how different the later name is than in Swedish. I am between option 2 and 3.-- Magioladitis (talk) 03:51, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

First, I don't know what advantage "firstname, surname" would have over "firstname surname". Secondly, this has been written up in MoS-Iceland (now marked as "inactive"). But here, Ipigott points out various real-world problem with the Icelandic order, notably that (however wrongly) most anglophones expect to see (for example) Ragnar Axelsson under "Axelsson" rather than "Ragnar". My own first countersuggestion, which I imagine that most people will hate, is exemplified by the following combination:
  • [[Category:Icelandic photographers|Ragnar Axelsson]] (within such a list, people will expect or anyway quickly adapt to the Icelandic order)
  • [[Category:Black and white photographers|Axelsson, Ragnar]] (within such a list, people who don't know he's Icelandic or don't know about Icelandic names will find him more easily via what they will mistakenly imagine is his surname)
No I'm not keen on this solution; it's just food for thought. -- Hoary (talk) 11:08, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
As I was quoted as writing (above) and still support, this is perhaps the best solution -- “treat the patronym / matronym as a surname except on Iceland-specific categories”. In Hoary's example the sort value for {{BD}}, {{lifetime}} or {{DEFAULTSORT}} would be Axelsson, Ragnar. So a user or an editor who looks at Category:1958 births and has no clue about the "surname vs. patronym" issue will Ragnar where the user expects to find him. A user / editor who looks at Category:Icelandic photographers and who should know about patronyms will find Ragnar were the user expects to find him.
This method does not address the problem on the talk page where there can be only one sort value and it should be the one in the {{WikiProject Biography}} |listas= or a DEFAULTSORT conflict will occur. (I think I know how to eliminate this problem but I know next to nothing about writing templates and have no authority to do so. Also, the solution I have in mind would entail a lot of diligence on the part of those who apply project banners and diligence is not a quality that one would first ascribe to them or their bots.)
JimCubb (talk) 00:49, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
For the talk pages, I would propose to pick the same value with DEFAULTSORT. Since it's only a categorisation only for maintenance reasons, no reason to make a big deal of it. If someone wants to explicitly look for Icelandic names, there are many ways to do so. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:21, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

This is the conclusion I think:

  • For Icelandic related categories pipe "first name second name" (no commas)
  • For DEFAULTSORT and other categories use "second name, first name" (with commas). Treat second name as surname.
  • For listas use DEFAULTSORT value (since it mainly categorises in non-Icelandic categories).

This makes things easier and I'll add a not to the Manual of Style. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:05, 5 February 2011 (UTC)

  • That's a reasonable enough compromise and basically what we've been doing. A final question is whether medieval names should be treated as modern names. Should Jón Ögmundsson be treated the same as Ögmundur Jónasson? I think the tendency to avoid sorting by patronymic is even greater for medieval people. Perhaps it is less unexpected there? Haukur (talk) 09:35, 5 February 2011 (UTC)
    Yes. I think we should follow the same pattern. Less problems, easier for editors to search without knowing the background of the person, etc. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:34, 5 February 2011 (UTC)

I think this is still an issue. Almost half of the pages in Category:Pages with DEFAULTSORT conflicts are caused by a situation like {{WikiProject Biography|living=yes|class=stub|listas=Sveinsson, Gunnar Bragi|politician-work-group=yes|politician-priority=low}} {{WikiProject Iceland|class=stub|listas=Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson}}. Which listas should be changed or is there another solution?Naraht (talk) 02:05, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

And someone should really update Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Iceland-related articles. It contradicts what has been said here. -- (talk) 06:09, 13 June 2012 (UTC)

I updated Wikipedia:Categorization of people#Sort by surname and Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Iceland-related articles (which, for some reason has been tagged as {{Historical}}) to mention the last bullet in comment by User:Magioladitis above Illia Connell (talk) 03:48, 28 November 2012 (UTC)

Spelling: Úlfljótr[edit]

Is Úlfljótr this the correct spelling or should it be Úlfljót? Best wishes (Msrasnw (talk) 15:35, 6 February 2011 (UTC))

Úlfljótr is correct, that's the nominative form which you will find as the headword in dictionaries. Úlfljót is the accusative form. The nominative ending -r is sometimes omitted as a form of Anglicization (or Danicization etc.) so Úlfljót could also be seen as an Anglicization. But then you'd typically drop the accents too and use Ulfljot or Ulfliot. Incidentally, Ulfljótr is correct too, as a pre-1200 form, the vowel lengthened at one point. Haukur (talk) 18:27, 7 February 2011 (UTC)

Many thanks! (Msrasnw (talk) 20:39, 7 February 2011 (UTC))

Photo request[edit]

Hi! I have a photo request for the Iceland Express head office at Grímsbær Efstaland 26 IS-108 Reykjavik - Thank you WhisperToMe (talk) 09:03, 13 February 2011 (UTC)

Scandinavian diaspora[edit]

For your information, Scandinavian diaspora has been nominated for deletion. (talk) 04:32, 30 March 2011 (UTC)

DO Icelandes consider themselves ethnic Norwegians?[edit]

According to Alphasinus (talk · contribs) and other users - the entire populatoin of Iceland is counted as Norwegians in the article on Norwegian people. It is not warranted by sources, and it also doesn't seem to be correct to consider the Icelandic people to be members of another ethno-national group rather than constituting their own. Keep an eye out for Norwegians. Also the article Norwegian diaspora considers the Icelandic people a Norwegian diaspora community.·Maunus·ƛ· 16:37, 21 May 2011 (UTC)

Diacritics RfC[edit]

Discussion is underway regarding the use of diacritics in proper nouns from languages such as Icelandic. Comments are welcome at Wikipedia:Naming conventions (use English)/Diacritics RfC. Prolog (talk) 19:23, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

The above discussion was closed on 3 August 2011, with no consensus to make any changes to the existing guideline at WP:DIACRITICS. — Richwales (no relation to Jimbo) 07:47, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

Verify ID of photo of player at Langspil[edit]

Stefán Stefánsson from Heiði in Skagafjörður playing his langspil with a bow.

An IP from an Icelandic university added a caption to an old photo I found: "Stefán Stefánsson from Heiði in Skagafjörður playing his langspil with a bow" Can anyone help us verify this caption, and ascertain the latest possible date of the photo for copyright purposes? Currently, lacking a viable date, the photo nominated for deletion. The website the photo came from is here, but I cannot read the site. Thanks for any help to (legally and properly) maintain this photo here! MatthewVanitas (talk) 00:58, 25 July 2011 (UTC)

Small villages[edit]

I had a picture of Skarð church in Rangárþing ytra, and found an existing stub article Skarð, Iceland that I extended. However, this village/parish is very small and there is little chance that Wikipedia can cover such villages in any number. Besides, this is not the only Skarð on Iceland. Should this article be merged into that of the municipality Rangárþing ytra? That municipality article could contain a list of villages/parishes, former municipalities and other places. --LA2 (talk) 14:39, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

Does Iceland have a military?[edit]

English-language references such as the CIA World Factbook (as well as some Wikipedia articles) say that it doesn't, but this is apparently an object of controversy at Military of Iceland. Posting here in the hopes that someone will be as irritated by this state of affairs as I am and take on the task of resolving this issue/maintaining this article.Pwrm (talk) 17:44, 10 October 2011 (UTC)

WikiWomen's History Month[edit]

Hi everyone. March is Women's History Month and I'm hoping a few folks here at WP:Iceland will have interest in putting on events (on and off wiki) related to women's roles in Iceland's history, society and culture. We've created an event page on English Wikipedia (please translate!) and I hope you'll find the inspiration to participate. These events can take place off wiki, like edit-a-thons, or on wiki, such as themes and translations. Please visit the page here: WikiWomen's History Month. Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to seeing events take place! SarahStierch (talk) 21:56, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

Requested Move Jóhanna SigurðardóttirJohanna Sigurdardottir[edit]

See Talk:Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir. In ictu oculi (talk) 14:38, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

The discussion on this issue was closed on 7 May 2012; the consensus was not to move the article. — Richwales (no relation to Jimbo) 07:44, 16 February 2013 (UTC)

Iceland Olympic team[edit]

A whole set of new BLPs will need Icelandic names :) In ictu oculi (talk) 00:19, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

List of Icelandic mammals[edit]

I don't know what the source for that article is, but as an Icelander I think I'm right in saying that those sources are wrong. There aren't many mammals in Iceland, so it's hard to lose count. There are for example only reindeer in Iceland, no roe deer. I have no sources of my own to confirm this, unless I'd go to a library. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:32, 12 September 2012 (UTC)

No photos of Icelandic people[edit]

Hi WikiProject Iceland: I was reading [Scandinavia and the World] and was wondering what Icelandic people looked like. So I visited the page on Icelanders, and was sorely disappointed. No photos of actual Icelandic people. Can you put together a montage or something of famous Icelandic people, like in the Irish people and Han Chinese articles? FurrySings (talk) 04:29, 5 November 2012 (UTC)


Dyrhólaey - formerly known as Cape Portland by English seamen? Jules Verne: A Journey into the Interior of the Earth, Chapter IX: "On the 11th we reached Cape Portland. The clear open weather gave us a good view of Myrdals jokul, which overhangs it. The cape is merely a low hill with steep sides, standing lonely by the beach. The Valkyria kept at some distance from the coast, taking a westerly course amidst great shoals of whales and sharks. Soon we came in sight of an enormous perforated rock, through which the sea dashed furiously." Is Dyrhólaey and Cape Portland really quite the same?Miniminimax (talk) 08:41, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

Icelandic Naming Committee (Blær Bjarkardóttir name case)[edit]

Hi. I recently updated the Icelandic Naming Committee article with information about Blær Bjarkardóttir (the girl who mounted a successful court challenge to the government's refusal to accept her name). I know essentially no Icelandic at the moment, so I'd be grateful if some people who do know this language could check one of my sources (a news story from RÚV) and make sure my summary of this source is (or isn't) accurate.

Here is the source: "Réttur Blævar ríkari en samfélagshagsmunir" [Blaer's rights outweigh community interests] (in Icelandic). RÚV. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 

Here is the statement I am using the above source for: On 31 January 2013, the Reykjavík district court ruled in the family's favour and overruled the naming committee, finding that Blær could in fact be both a man's and a woman's name and that Blær had a constitutional right to her own name, and rejecting government claims that it was necessary to deny her request in order to protect the Icelandic language.

I'm probably going to need to learn Icelandic if I'm going to do much more useful work on this or related subjects; I can tell that Google Translate's attempts at translating Icelandic texts into English are less than ideal (indeed, humorously twisted at times: for example, the program simply does not know how to translate Blær — it comes up with "tint", "veil", and even "mood"). — Richwales (no relation to Jimbo) 22:02, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

Translation of patronymics[edit]

An editor has requested comment at WT:MOS, which may affect the way some biographical articles within the scope of this Wikiproject are styled. The discussion is at WT:MOS#Translation of patronymics. Daicaregos (talk) 11:23, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

Politics of Iceland page update needed[edit]

I have just looked through the Politics of Iceland page because of the 27 April 2013 general election. The page is badly out of date in several places. I copied this as an example: 'The president is elected every four years (last 2004), the cabinet is elected every four years (last 2007) and town council elections are held every four years (last 2006).' I understand that the president of Iceland was reelected in both 2008 and 2012. It seems likely that the other statements (about 2006 and 2007) are also out of date. Can someone who knows what they are doing please update this article? Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:39, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

Concordance of Edda Snorra St.[edit]

I found Snorri's Edda cited this way in a book. I suppose this is a genitive case but I am not sure as I ignore Norse. In order to cite in a complete form what is the correct concordance for Sturluson? Thank you for the attention.Aldrasto11 (talk) 06:59, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

"Snorra Sturlusonar" is correct. Declension of his full name is given below.

Nominative case: "Snorri Sturluson"
Accusative case: "Snorra Sturluson"
Dative case: "Snorra Sturlusyni"
Genetive case: "Snorra Sturlusonar"

--Snaevar (talk) 09:54, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

Thank you very much for the prompt reply!Aldrasto11 (talk) 10:03, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

File:The bones of Miklabæjar-Sólveig moved to their final resting place.jpg[edit]

File:The bones of Miklabæjar-Sólveig moved to their final resting place.jpg has been nominated for deletion -- (talk) 23:42, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

File:Map of the area where the story of Miklabæjar-Sólveig takes place.gif[edit]

File:Map of the area where the story of Miklabæjar-Sólveig takes place.gif has been nominated for deletion -- (talk) 23:56, 7 May 2013 (UTC)


The usage of Guðrún/Gudrun is under discussion, see talk:Guðrún -- (talk) 00:30, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

{{West Nordic Council}}[edit]

Template:West Nordic Council (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) has been nominated for deletion -- (talk) 01:33, 31 August 2013 (UTC)

Hólmbert Aron Friðjónsson[edit]

Can anyone assist in assessing if there is any Icelandic news coverage to provide more biographical detail at Hólmbert Aron Friðjónsson --nonsense ferret 22:26, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

English exonyms for place names[edit]

English_exonyms#Iceland. Can someone check this please. See also article Talk. Many thanks. In ictu oculi (talk) 04:34, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

N-rule — merge or rename article?[edit]

There is currently an article on the N-rule in Icelandic. I'm unconvinced that this should really be a separate article, and it seems to me that it should be merged into Icelandic orthography, Icelandic grammar, or Icelandic language. If the "N-rule" really does justify a separate article, then I would propose a different name to make its specific, exclusive connection to the Icelandic language clear — possibly "Icelandic N-rule", or "N-rule (Icelandic language)". Comments? — Richwales (no relation to Jimbo) 04:30, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

Feedback request: VisualEditor special character inserter[edit]

The developers are working towards offering mw:VisualEditor to all users at about 50 Wikipedias that have complex language requirements, such as Icelandic. Many editors at these Wikipedias depend on being able to insert special characters to be able to write articles.

A special character inserter tool is available in VisualEditor now. They would like to know what you think about this tool, especially if you speak languages other than English. To try the Special character tool, please:

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To let the developers know what you think, please leave them a message with your comments and the language(s) that you tested at the feedback thread on or here at the English Wikipedia at Wikipedia:VisualEditor/Feedback. It is really important that the developers hear from as many editors as possible. Thank you, Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 00:01, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

AfC submissions[edit]

Hello there! There a several museum article submissions from Iceland at AfC. Would anyone be interested in having a look? Let me know. Regards, FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 15:35, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Icelandic names for people with multiple nationalities[edit]

After coming across Aron Jóhannsson, I was curious how we should handle Icelandic names of people with significant ties to other countries. Currently, the {{Icelandic name}} template indicates this person is properly referred to as Aron, but the article refers to him as Jóhannsson, as though it were a family name. For American purposes, it is—that's what's on the back of his jersey (in Iceland, what goes on the back of Icelandic players' jerseys?). Should we count him, and others like him, as "Americanzed" and treat Jóhannsson as a surname? Practice seems clear for 100% Icelandic people, or for foreign people with Icelandic heritage (e.g., Val Bjornson), but less so for people who can be considered Icelandic and something else. --BDD (talk) 23:29, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

His first name should be used without any doubt. The players of the icelandic national football teams do have their first names on the back of their jerseys. Also, keep in mind that even though Aron does play for the American national team, his name still is Icelandic, and therefore it should follow Icelandic conventions.--Snaevar (talk) 19:14, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Draugr, recently moved to Draug, should be moved back. The discussion may be found at Talk:Draug#New requested move discussion: return article to Draugr. Yngvadottir (talk) 19:21, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Magnús Blöndal Jóhannsson[edit]

Dear Iceland experts: Here is an old Afc submission about a composer. It will be deleted soon as a stale draft unless some additional citations can be found. Is this a notable person, and are there citations available that are not in English? —Anne Delong (talk) 22:31, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

I would say that he is notable, yes. Several icelandic sources state that he was an Icelandic pioneer in electronic music. There is enough of icelandic sources out there to verify the bulk of the article. One of those sources point out that Magnús is mentioned in three english books, published in 1977, namely "The international register of Profiles", "The International Who's Who of Intellectuals" and "Men of Achivement". You probably want to check those out.--Snaevar (talk) 21:01, 13 March 2014 (UTC)
Snaevar, I never did thank you for taking the time to help with this. Belated thanks - the article is in mainspace. —Anne Delong (talk) 10:57, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Pride 2014[edit]

You are invited to participate in Wiki Loves Pride 2014, a campaign to create and improve LGBT-related content at Wikipedia and its sister projects. The campaign will take place throughout the month of June, culminating with a multinational edit-a-thon on June 21. Meetups are being held in some cities, or you can participate remotely. All constructive edits are welcome in order to contribute to Wikipedia's mission of providing quality, accurate information. Articles within Category:LGBT in Europe may be of particular interest. You can also upload LGBT-related images by participating in Wikimedia Commons' LGBT-related photo challenge. You are encouraged to share the results of your work here. Happy editing! --Another Believer (Talk) 18:44, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (use English)[edit]

RfC: Use of characters from the Icelandic alphabet. Specifically ð In ictu oculi (talk) 14:47, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Náttfari[edit]

All input welcome. Cheers, walk victor falk talk 02:29, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Languages in censuses and Race and ethnicity in censuses[edit]

Pleas add information about this country to this articles. --Kaiyr (talk) 17:09, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Help with sources?[edit]

Hi! I'm trying to find more information to put in the article for Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, which I just created. I feel that there has to be more coverage out there in Icelandic, but since I cannot read or speak the language I'm running into a bit of a barrier. If anyone wants to help out, I'd be incredibly grateful. I can use Google Translate to a certain degree, but it does have fairly obvious limitations. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 10:52, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

Possibly unfree File:Icelandic police star (logo).jpg[edit]

The file Icelandic police star (logo) being used in National Police of Iceland, an article listed as being within the scope of your Wikiproject, has been listed at Wikipedia:Possibly unfree files because its copyright status is unclear or disputed. If the file's copyright status cannot be verified, it may be deleted. More information on the file description page. All concerned are welcome to add comments to its entry at the discussion if you object to the listing for any reason. Thank you. - Marchjuly (talk) 01:42, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

Copyright Issues around Architecture and Monuments[edit]

Be aware that wikimedia commons will not allow images of any buildings, sculptures or monuments whose designer/architect died more recently than 1944. The example below is the deletion justification for all photographs of Hallgrímskirkja:

"This is a building in Iceland by w:Guðjón Samúelsson. In most countries, all paintings, sculpture, architecture, text, and other creative works have copyrights which last for 70 years after the death of the creator. An image of a work that is still under copyright is a derivative work, and infringes on the copyright so that we cannot usually keep the image on Commons. In some countries, there is a special exception to the copyright law which allows such images under certain circumstances. We call that exception freedom of panorama (FOP). Unfortunately there is no applicable FOP exception in this case."

While you may think it's nonsensical that images of a public building which dominates the skyline of Reykjavik are in violation the architects copyright (and I would agree), this is what Icelandic law says according to the judgement of wikimedia commons. Similar apparently applies to all buildings, monuments, statues, etc, etc.

I thought it worth making users aware of this before they put significant time and effort in to images and edits only to have them deleted as incompatible with the copyright policy.

Prosthetic Head (talk) 14:32, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Yes, I am aware of that. I want to clear some things up though. Notice that they do mention that there is "no applicable FOP exception". What lies behind that is that Iceland does have an FOP criteria (which is in place in article 16 of the Icelandic copyright act), but it is too strict for commons. The reason for that is that said article 16 does only allow images taken in public for an non-commercial purpose. Since Commons does not allow commercial media, this blocks these images on commons. Keep in mind though that De minimis still applies for pictures of buildings from Iceland and is a perfectly valid reason to keep some images of buildings from Iceland on commons. The fact that the FOP criteria for Iceland does exist also means that it is perfectly legal to upload an image of an icelandic building to the english wikipedia.--Snaevar (talk) 18:57, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:47, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Expert attention[edit]

This is a notice about Category:Iceland articles needing expert attention, which might be of interest to your WikiProject. It will take a while before the category is populated. Iceblock (talk) 03:15, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

Gunnar Huseby[edit]

Just a heads up - I've written the biography of this athlete and it's a really interesting story. I've tried to get the most out of the sources available, but they are all in Icelandic most quite old) so I may be missing some things. If any Icelandic speakers can add anything extra, that would be great as Huseby seems like quite an important topic for Iceland's sporting history. SFB 12:37, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Category:Populated places on Iceland's Route 1[edit]

Category:Populated places on Iceland's Route 1, which is within the scope of this WikiProject, has been nominated for deletion. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the Categories for discussion page. Thank you. RevelationDirect (talk) 06:31, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

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First Division Women (Icelandic basketball)[edit]

Either First Division Men (Icelandic basketball) should be First Division Men (Icelandic Basketball), or First Division Women (Icelandic Basketball) should be First Division Women (Icelandic basketball). Somebody else should decide.--DThomsen8 (talk) 16:38, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done.--Snaevar (talk) 19:30, 17 January 2015 (UTC)