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Local author helps you pronounce all those impossible Icelandic place names

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  • Eyjafjallajökull what? Some Icelandic place names can even leave the most experienced native speakers stuttering. Photo/Alda Sigmundsdóttir

If you thought Snæfellsnes or Eyjafjallajökull were difficult, Iceland offers plenty of even more challenging places to visit! How about Snjóölduvatnskjaftur or Fornmannanaustalækur? Or Gullberaselsstaðabringur?

Local author of guide books Alda Sigmundsdóttir recently collected 35 such fun place names to "help you understand what dyslexia feels like". The resulting photo became an immediate viral hit. Since Alda shared the photo on Facebook yesterday noon it has already been shared more than 1,500 times. 

After the post went viral Alda decided to add a helpful pronunciation guide, in case you ever need to ask directions to such off the beaten path locations as Golbílduhjallaröðlar.

The places, broken down into seperate components and roots to help you follow Alda:

Barkarstaðagilslægðir (Barka-staða-gils-lækur)
Bleikkollubólstindur (Bleik-kollu-bóls-tindur)
Brúnkuskurðarpollur (Brúku-skurðar-pollur)
Draugagjártangar (Drauga-gjár-tangar)
Fimmálnaspottalækur (Fimm-álna-spottal-lækur)
Fíflsholtssuðurhjáleiga (Fífls-holts-suður-hjá-leiga)
Flataskerslagnaklettur (Flata-skers-lagna-klettur)
Fornmannanaustalækur (Forn-manna-nausta-lækur)
Fremri-Hrútaskálarhnjúkur (Fremri-Hrúta-skálar-hnjúkur)
Gestreiðarstaðaskarð (Gest-reiðar-staða-skarð)
Golbílduhjallaröðlar (Gil-bíldu-hjalla-röðlar)
Glúmsgilskeggjahryggur (Glúms-gil-skeggja-hryggur)
Grákolluhólalækur (Grák-kollu-hóla-lækur)
Gullberastaðaselsbringur (Gull-bera-staða-sels-bringur)
Gýgjagjá (Gýgja-gjá)
Hrossahjallahnjúkur (Hrossa-hjalla-hnjúkur)
Hvalvörðugilslækur (Hval-vörðu-gils-lækur)
Kirkjubæjarblettur (Kirkju-bæjar-blettur)
Kjálkafjarðartungur (Kjálka-fjarðar-tungur)
Klofalækjarkjaftur (Klofa-lækjar-kjaftur)
Laufskálafjallgarður (Lauf-skála-fjall-garður)
Litluspjóthólmaflögur (Litlu-spjót-hólma-flögur)
Lyngtungufjalshjalli (Lyng-tungu-fjalls-hjalli)
Rjúpnabrekkukvísl (Rjúpna-brekku-kvísl)
Sandmerkisheiðarhnjúkur (Sand-merkis-heiðar-hnjúkur)
Skeiðamannafitarásar (Skeiða-manna-fitar-ásar)
Smjóölduvatnskjaftur (Snjó-öldu-vatns-kjaftur)
Svalbarðsstrandarhreppur (Sval-barðs-strandar-hreppur)
Tindfjallajökulsdalur (Tind-fjalla-jöluls-dalur)
Úlfljótsvatnskirkja (Úlf-ljóts-vatns-kirkja)
Vatnsleysustrandarhreppur (Vatns-leysu-strandar-hreppur)
Ytri-Timburgatnatindur (Ytri-Timbur-gatna-tindur)
Yxnadalsöxl (Yxna-dals-öxl)
Þráinsskjaldarhraun (Þráins-skjalda-hraun)
Þykkavabæjarfjara (Þykkva-bæjar-fjara)

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