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Icelandic Insults

May 1, 2017

Different cultures have different colloquialisms and it can be fun and interesting to see where their most common insults and teases come from. It is also good to recognize these in case you accidentally upset someone and they happen to say one of these to you...


meaning "twit" or idiot


Literally: as cowardly as a goat

Meaning: bloody coward

Icelandic Insults


meaning weakling

Fjandi/ Djöfull/Andskoti/sá í neðra/

translates to the devil. This word is used in most of the Scandinavian languages I prefer Andskotans as it means more like "by the devil!


This one is my personal favorite. It is used the same way that in English you would call someone a scumbag. However, it literally translates to "poop on two legs" or "poop walking".

Icelandic Insults








Dirty sock


This is a loan word from English. Guess what it means

Icelandic Insults

Ríddu þér

Up yours



Haltu kjafti

this is the Icelandic equivalent to "shut up" so it is quite a rude way to tell someone to be quiet!


This one is equivalent with dirt bag

farðu til fjandans

Go to the devil


A person that is so awful they can be compared to bad breath.

Meaning: asshole

Farðu til helvítis

(Fahr-Thoo Tiihl Hehlveetihs)

Go to hell

Extra awesome swearword: Helvítis fokking fokk

Hopefully you can add the above to your cursing repertoire! It is a good way to curse at work too, since people won't know what it means ;) 

Need more info for your trip to Iceland? Check out some related posts: 

-What NOT to do in Iceland

-How to Get to the Sólheimasandur Plane Crash

-Essentials for your Trip to Iceland

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Siggi Einarson

My name is Siggi-dubbed by my American friends because of the Icelandic yogurt-I am a writer, polyglot, and aspiring expat, not a cup of yogurt (unfortunately).

My love for travelling began with a trip to Iceland and Sweden to visit my family when I was just 15 years old. I spent so long dreaming of the possibilities of life abroad but I always figured these dreams were too far reached. Flash forward almost 10 years, here I am again, both cursing and thanking this damn travel bug.

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