Icelandic music, art, and literature
It is fair to say that Iceland punches well above its weight when it comes to music, art, and literature. Björk, Sigur Rós, Ólafur Elíasson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (Shoplifter), Arnaldur Indriðason, Of Monsters And Men, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, and Halldór Laxness are just a few of the best known. Dating back 900 years ago, Icelanders possessed a deep literary heritage when they first wrote down their Sagas on calfskin pages. To this day, more books are written, published, and sold per person in Iceland than anywhere else. In 2011, Reykjavik was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature.
From an early age, children are encouraged to express themselves through art, music, and writing. Clearly, this has paid off! Take a closer look throughout Iceland, and you will see the country is teeming with creativity. From fantastic street art to world-class galleries, garage bands to arena-filling concerts, and self-published poets to bestsellers, there is something for everyone. Wherever your travels take you in Iceland, look closely, and you will see creativity. Colorful murals, rock carvings, sculptures, and countless variety, sometimes show up in the least likely places.