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Our Third Annual Book Flood - Jólabókaflóð

Updated: Nov 27, 2022

Tis’ the season for Jólabókaflóðið or Christmas Book Flood. Iceland is one of the most literate countries in the world and has a long literary history going back to the Icelandic Sagas. The love of literature has evolved into a delightful Christmas tradition, Jólabókaflóðið. Every fall, households in Iceland receive a catalog of all the books published in the previous year to use to find their Christmas presents. On Christmas Eve, the books are given and then people read their new books far into the night and drink hot chocolate.

You might find it interesting to browse through the booklet listing the majority of available books in Icelandic bookstores at present. The name of the booklet is Bókatíðindi and it is online (

Our 3rd annual book guide is composed of English and Icelandic books recommended by Icelandic Roots members and volunteers. While most are not newly published, these books are all currently available at this time. Each book has a link to an online bookstore and may also be available at your local bookshop. Stores such as Tergesen’s in Gimli, Manitoba, or Elliot Bay Book Company in Seattle, Washington, carry many Icelandic books, to name a few. Click on the book to order online through sites such as Amazon,,,, etc. Most are available at multiple locations, so feel free to shop around for the best location. Also, use for rare, used, and even new books.

Our suggested books are listed below:

Icelandic Roots 2022 Book Club Selections


Secrets of the Sprakkar: Iceland’s Extraordinary Women and How They are Changing the World by The First Lady of Iceland, Eliza Reid