Laugarvatn, hver, apamensskubragur, Natturulaekningafelags, Nupsstadarskógar, lygirimur, malfræði, æfingar, Hvitarvatn, skaldagemlur, gjola, hrassviðri, hnukapeyr, Eyvindartunga, hvasst, padsujoar, hlytt, hlyr, hnjukur, höfði, hraun, farviðri, andvari, heidskir, Bardarlaug, Snæfellsjökull, læknir, logfræthingur, kjuklingur, hunangsflugan, þingvallavatn......... I could go on. Yes, overwhelmed with odd combinations of letters from an English speaker perspective, letter combinations like: "hv", "hn", "gj", "tn", "hl", "hnj", "gja", "jao", "hr"
Found a way to start connecting to the Icelandic language by looking and writing their place names. I was advised before I left that their place names often give clues to the landscape of the place. For example, "vatn" of Laugarvatn means "lake" and Laugarvatn is located on a lake. "Vik" of Reykjavik means "bay" on which it is situated. "Foss" of Selfoss means waterfall and "jökull" of Skálafellsjökull means glacier. A start, anyway.
While I looked and recorded more Icelandic place names, Liz had another approach! Check out this utube site: Learning Icelandic Pronunciation