The Icelandic Language
Icelandic, the language of Iceland is based in the Northern German tongue. The Icelandic language retains many grammatical features of other ancient Germanic languages, and resembles Old Norwegian before much of its fusional inflection was lost. Icelandic is the national language and is believed to have changed very little from the original tongue spoken by the Norse settlers. The vast majority of Icelandic speakers—about 320,000—live in Iceland.
Icelandic may, at first glance, look very formidable to an outsider. The Icelandic language has strange characters such as "Æ" or "þ" and "ð" in addition to the many accented vowels which can leave a native English speaker at a loss. However, once some of the basic rules have been cleared up, pronunciation is fairly straightforward.