Join us for the 2022 Iceland Readers Retreat!

Featuring Adam Gopnik

At the Iceland Readers Retreat, avid readers gather to listen to small group lectures and talks by renowned authors while learning about the rich literary heritage of this Nordic, book-loving nation. We will have panels, talks, lectures, and discussions led by prominent authors. Running concurrently with the popular Iceland Writers Retreat (IWR), participants will have the opportunity to join readings and other programs with IWR faculty.

The perfect place to discover literary inspiration.”

– The Daily Beast

 Literary Tours

Literary-themed Golden Circle Tour

A unique variation on Iceland’s most popular excursion that includes stops at Geyser geothermal fields, Gullfoss waterfall, and the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), as well as a visit to Iceland’s ancient seat of learning, Skálholt.


Literary Borgarfjörður

This trip travels west to the Borgarfjörður region, setting of the famous Egil’s Saga, as well as numerous other Icelandic sagas. We’ll circle the picturesque Hvalfjörður “Whale” fjord and visit the cultural centre Reykholt, where chieftain and writer Snorri Sturluson lived in the 13th century. Natural wonders on this tour include Europe’s largest hot spring, Deildartunguhver, and the waterfalls Barnafoss (“Children’s Falls”) and Hraunfossar (“Lava Falls”).

Reykjavik Literary Walking Tour

During the retreat, all participants are also invited to join a literary walking tour of Reykjavik, organized by the UNESCO City of Literature.



Museum Tour

We’ll discover some of Iceland’s magnificent cultural treasures on a special tour of one of Reykjavik’s top museums.




 Lectures & Panels

Panel Discussion with Icelandic Authors

Meet some of Iceland’s top authors at a panel discussion organized by Reykjavík UNESCO City of Literature. The panel will include writers from various genres and introduce participants to Iceland’s vibrant literary scene. The 2020 panel was to include: Gerður Kristný (poetry), Fríða Ísberg (poetry and short stories), Ævar Þór Benediktsson (children’s books), and Lilja Sigurðardóttir (crime fiction), and we hope to confirm many of these authors will be able to join in 2022.



Lecture & Interactive Discussion led by the Featured Author

Adam Gopnik will be our featured author for 2022. He will give a talk on memoir and his latest books. Discussion to follow.


Participate in IWR Sessions

IRR participants can also attend the Q&A panel and reading night by the IWR featured authors.

Advanced Reading

Participants will be provided with a short list of suggested books to read in advance that will be discussed during the event.



Read with us on Fable

Iceland Readers Retreat Book Club

Join the IRR book club, an online opportunity to connect with the literature of the in-person retreat and the IWR faculty. Hosted on the Fable platform, the book club allows members to buy ebooks and read them together while sharing highlights, comments, links, and pictures as they discuss books. Members of the club can share their experiences in Iceland and with the talented writers featured at the IRR and IWR. The book club offers the chance to read and connect with participants long after the event ends. Our first book is The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. Later titles will include works by fellow IWR faculty Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and IWR Co-Founder Eliza Reid, among others. Anyone can sign up for the book club, whether or not you’re planning on joining us in April, but IRR 2022 participants will get a special discount on the monthly Fable membership.

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Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik is our featured author for 2022.

Adam Gopnik will be our featured author to lead the 2022 IRR. His lecture and discussion will focus on memoirs, including his own. He taught at the second Iceland Writers Retreat in 2015 and the virtual IWR in 2021.

Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. His books include At the Stranger’s Gate (2017), Paris to the Moon (2000), The King in the Window (2005), Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York (2006), Angels and Ages: A Short Book About Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life (2009), The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food (2011), and Winter: Five Windows on the Season (2011). Gopnik has won the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism three times, and also the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. He lectures widely, and delivered the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Massey Lectures in 2011.

2020 Faculty (to be confirmed for 2022)


Fríða Ísberg

Fríða Ísberg

Award-winning author and poet
Gerður Kristný

Gerður Kristný

Icelandic Literature Award winner
Lilja Sigurðardóttir

Lilja Sigurðardóttir

Crime Fiction Author
Ævar Þór Benediktsson

Ævar Þór Benediktsson

Children's Book Author

Iceland Readers Retreat 2022

April 27 – May 1, 2022

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