Icelandair Hotels is a leading chain of quality hotels in Iceland. Whether you want to enjoy the natural beauty of historical sites, take part in outdoor activities or experience the cultural life of the south, north, east and west of Iceland, we always offer first-class facilities and excellent service. We also operate Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, the seasonal hotel chain Hotel Edda and Canopy Reykjavik|City Centre.

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Welcome to Icelandair Hotels, Iceland's premier hotel chain, and the trusted source for comfortable, affordable accommodations for visitors and locals alike since 1966. Choose from 8 hotels throughout Iceland, including two hotel locations in Reykjavik - each with its authentic-Icelandic character, drawing inspiration from the unique local settings of this beautiful island-nation.

We at Icelandair Hotels are keen to help make your dream holiday come true. Our eight hotels are the ideal gateway to the unique experience that is Iceland, whether in the buzzing city of Reykjavik or the magnificent countryside. Each of our eight hotels is perfectly situated, and all have something unique to offer. We strive to ensure that your accommodation in Iceland is of the highest quality and place great emphasis on superior service, comfortable surroundings, fresh, locally sourced food, and attention to detail that will make your visit unforgettable.
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Literacy in Iceland

Photo: Eric Sonstroem
Photo: Eric Sonstroem

For a people that come from a land of isolation, history is important. The tales of your people, your family, become your connection, your pride, your story. They become the way to unite and strengthen the ties of a small tribe, a provision of hope, honor, dignity and aplomb, in the face of hardships and autonomy. The mortar of a civilization. When this  connection to the saga is so deeply ingrained, when the need to tell the story is a fundamental instinct, how could your people be expected to be anything but extraordinarily literate. Icelanders carry their sagas in their souls. They are born storytellers.  

Icelanders don't follow the crowd, they write their own rules, LITERALLY. One of the many quirks of this country is it's  surprisingly high literacy rate. Literacy in Iceland is universal, and has been since the early 18th century. They are the first country in Europe to have rights to such a claim. In this tiny little nation, more books are published and read per person than anywhere else in the world. A land mainly of scattered rural farming communities that endures through extreme weather and geological uncertainties, it is hardly the place that one would expect to find such depth of expressiveness. This amazing statistic can be directly attributed to Icelanders strong tradition of storytelling. Generations of book lovers, champions of education for all, the people of this island state come from long lines of scribes and poets. Filling their world with age old sagas, accounts of heros and vikings, and tales of monsters and gods. These stories are the birthright of all Icelanders. And even today, Icelanders greatly value and take great pride in their mastery of literacy, associating it directly with their national identity.  You can truly say it is in their blood.

If you plan to travel to Iceland, we encourage you to stop into a bookstore and pick up a translated copy of one of Iceland’s sagas or any other translated work you can find.  From Icelandair Hotels, Iceland’s trusted family of hotels all across the country!  Cheers.


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