Icelandic people told me that if anyone tells you that children learn to speak English from tv, it is a lie. They all spoke English as well as I do (and that is a compliment, by the way), and they learned to speak it in school, not off of the television. They might have learned some slang/more informal speech from the tv, but they did not learn the entire language from it.
I'm sorry to burst that bubble, bluewaave, but I am from Iceland and my little sister was fluent in English even before she started learning English in school. We start learning English at the age of 13 on such an elementary stage that most kids get really bored.
I'd love going to Iceland, now since I am in London I might flight icelandexpress. I only ever met a girl from Iceland at a party n stupidly the first thing I said was "you are the first person I meet from Iceland" (which at the time was true, wasn't trying to be cool or hook up), she replied "everyone tells me that" as she left.
At least now I got that out of the way and I can use a real line if i ever find someone from Iceland I like...
You can try "How do you like Iceland?" It's sort of an inside joke in Iceland because it's almost always the first thing Icelandic people say to foreigners. It might sound like the worst joke but it's funny here.
ive done the stop over in Iceland as well, as Iceland Air offers great prices for a 3 day stay in Rekjavek.
Its a nice city - been twice now - But so EXPENSIVE!
If you are backpacking its quite difficult to budget there. I highly recommend the Blue Lagoon if u can afford it.
And the Hostel is too far away from the town. u need to take buses to get anywhere. One time i stayed in a BnB that was just as cheap and very central, look into other options and make sure whateva u choose has a kitchen since eating out will cost alot!
well enough of reading about it I booked a ticket return for a long weekend. I will let you know.