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ANTH 299: Home & Away - Iceland Field Course: Home


Photo of an Icelandic pony

Image courtesy of Stuck in Customs, used under Creative Commons.


Morgunbla∂i∂ - News in English - Compiled from Iceland Review and Icenews

IceNews - Focus on travel, politics and business-related news


Iceland Imagined: Nature, Culture and Storytelling in the North Atlantic E-book, by Karen Oslund

Information about Icelandic Arts & Culture from, the official visitors' guide to Iceland


The resources on this guide are:

  • Intended to help you prepare for your research presentation & your cultural geography assignment, and to enrich your fieldwork experience
  • All accessible from off-campus, or are freely available online
  • Yours to help select. Let me know if you find resources you'd like to include here and I'll add them.

To access library resources (e-books and material in databases) from Iceland, use the 16-digit number on your OneCard (the one that starts with 6010...). If you don't have your OneCard, log on to MyWellesley, go to the Library tab, and find your 6010... number in the upper right corner of the page.

If you find great resources, feel free to share! Please link to them in the comments for this -- or any other relevant -- box on the guide.

For help with research, email me, or contact me on chat. My contact info is in the box on the right.

Góða ferð!



Reference & Secondary Sources

The History of Iceland by Guðni Thorlacius Johannesson

Wasteland With Words: A Social History of Iceland by Sigurdur Gylfi Magnússon

Icelanders of the Viking Age: The People of the Sagas by William R. Short

Iceland 2015 - OECD economic survey

Primary Sources

The Natural History of Iceland (first published in 1758)

Letters on Iceland (first published in 1783)



Huldufólk (Hidden people, elves)

Wikipedia entry | Popular and scholarly articles on huldufolk (via SuperSearch)

Articles by Terry Gunnell, Professor of Folkloristics at the University of Iceland

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