Why Join?

  • Add New Books

  • Write a Review

  • Backpack Reading Lists

  • Newsletter Updates

Join Now

Filter:

From the Mouth of the Whale

From the Mouth of the Whale
  • Author(s): Sjón
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1635

The year is 1635. Iceland is a world darkened by superstition, poverty and cruelty. Men of science marvel over a unicorn s horn, poor folk worship the Virgin in secret and both books and men are burnt. Jónas Pálmason,...

The Creak on the Stairs

The Creak on the Stairs
  • Author(s): Eva Björg Ægisdóttir
  • Location(s): Akranes
  • Genre(s): Crime, Mystery
  • Era(s): Late 20th Century and 2017

When a body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area. Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a...

Why Did You Lie

Why Did You Lie
  • Author(s): Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
  • Location(s): Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Crime, Suspense
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A journalist on the track of an old case attempts suicide. An ordinary couple return from a house swap in the states to find their home in disarray and their guests seemingly missing. Four strangers struggle to find shelter...

Black Skies

Black Skies
  • Author(s): Arnaldur Indridason
  • Location(s): Iceland, Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 2000s

A man is making a crude leather mask with an iron spike fixed in the middle of the forehead. It is a ‘death mask’, once used by Icelandic farmers to slaughter calves, and he has revenge in mind. Meanwhile,...

Blackout

Blackout
  • Author(s): Ragnar Jonasson
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer’s night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from...

Cage

Cage
  • Author(s): Lilja Sigurdardottir
  • Location(s): Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Noir, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

The prison doors slam shut behind Agla, when her sentence ends, but her lover Sonja is not there to meet her. As a group of foreign businessmen tries to draw Agla into an ingenious fraud that stretches from Iceland...

Chilled to the Bone (3)

Chilled to the Bone (3)
  • Author(s): Quentin Bates
  • Location(s): Iceland, Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

When a shipowner is found dead, tied to a bed in one of Reykjavik’s smartest hotels, sergeant Gunnhildur Gisladottir of the city police force sees no evidence of foul play but still suspects things are not as cut and...

Cold Comfort (2)

Cold Comfort (2)
  • Author(s): Quentin Bates
  • Location(s): Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Late 2000s

Following her promotion and working now from Reykjavik, Gunnhildur is given responsibility for two cases – the first in tracking down an escaped convict who’s keen to settle old scores, and the other, the murder of a TV fitness...

Cold Steal (4)

Cold Steal (4)
  • Author(s): Quentin Bates
  • Location(s): Reykjavik
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Modern

A successful housebreaker who leaves no traces and no clues as he strips Reykjavík homes of their valuables has been a thorn in the police’s side for months. But when one night the thief breaks into the wrong house,...

Frozen Out (1)

Frozen Out (1)
  • Author(s): Quentin Bates
  • Location(s): Iceland
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Late 2000s

The discovery of a corpse washed up on a beach in an Icelandic backwater sparks a series of events that propels the village of Hvalvik’s police sergeant Gunnhildur into deep waters. Although under pressure to deal with the matter...

Refine Location

Locations in Iceland

Would you like to add a book or a review or create a reading list? Join Today – It's FREE

Register Now

Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021