Icelandic voice-over agency
Icelandic voice-over production made simple
We have a good selection of the very best Icelandic voice-over talent available, and you’ll find our voice costs and studio rates to be less than many other agencies offering exactly the same service. And we’ll make sure the chosen Icelandic voice artist gives you the very best rate for the job, and we’ll negotiate down on repeat fees and broadcast rates on your behalf.
We can record wild, or sync to picture, and deliver the audio back via FTP. When required, we can also re-mix your new Icelandic voice-over recording with the existing music and effects track, and send you a fully mixed video soundtrack.
To check the availability of our Icelandic voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us using the Quick Quote form below, and we’ll respond within the hour. Or you can email email@example.com or call us on +44(0)118 958 4934.
To calculate Icelandic voice-over fees and recording costs
Here is a selection of Icelandic voice talent who we regularly work with, but if you don’t find what you’re looking for, we have a dedicated talent management team who will help you source the perfect Icelandic voice for your needs, and at a price that won’t blow your budget.
If you would like to discuss your project further, please complete the Quick Quote below. You can also call us on +44 (0)118 9584934 , or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Play and download Icelandic voice demos, add them to your Quick Quote
Windows Live Messenger video translation in 37 languages
Using the translations and screenshots provided by Lionbridge, Matinée cast and recorded a native female voice artist in 37 languages, and then edited and re-timed the After Effects animations to match the length of the foreign voice tracks.
These videos are now viewed worldwide in over 55 international markets.
Select a voice-over language
Choose English read in a foreign accent
Select a subtitle language
A short history of the Icelandic language
Icelandic, Norwegian and Faroese derive from the West Norse dialect group, while Danish and Swedish derive from East Norse. Today, Icelandic and Faroese are categorised as Insular Scandinavian, while Danish, Norwegian and Swedish (which are essentially mutually intelligible) are classified as Mainland Scandinavian.
Old Norse was brought to Iceland in the 9th century by Norwegian settlers, and from the 14th century onwards it began to diverge significantly from the language spoken in Norway. The first written Icelandic texts, dating back to the 12th century, include the famous Icelandic Sagas and the historical writings of Snorri Sturluson.
Centuries of Danish rule had little effect on the development of Icelandic, partly due to the country’s remoteness and scattered population. Its resistance to change is a strong characteristic of the language, as is its uniformity – there are few dialects.
Icelandic is the official language of Iceland.
How many people speak Icelandic as their first language?
It is estimated that there are over 300,000 Icelandic speakers – most of whom live in Iceland. Around 8,000 Icelandic speakers live in Denmark, another 5,000 live in the United States, and there are 1,500 in Canada.
Did you know…
- Because Icelandic has changed so little over the centuries, to a large extent modern Icelanders can still read and understand the original 12th century sagas.
- In the 19th century, Iceland began to take an active approach to maintaining the purity of the language. Words that had been borrowed from Celtic, Danish, Latin and Romance languages were replaced with Icelandic words, and today new words continue to be coined for new concepts, rather than adopting foreign words.
- The literacy rate in Iceland is the highest in the world – 99.9%.
- The Icelandic alphabet includes four letters that are not used in English: Ð,ð (similar to ‘th’ in bother), Þ,þ (similar to ‘th’ in thanks), Æ,æ (like ‘i’ in mine) and Ö,ö (like ‘u’ in fur).
Like other Scandinavian countries, Iceland has a mixed social-market economy, combining free market principles with an extensive welfare system.
Before the financial crisis of 2008, in which the country’s three largest banks collapsed, the economy was characterised by high growth, low unemployment and an even distribution of income.
Iceland’s fishing industry accounts for 40% of export income, 12% of GDP and employs 5% of the workforce. The economy has been diversifying into manufacturing and service industries, including software, biotechnology and tourism.
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Brian and Philippe…love them!! What a great call to brighten up my day! They were so professional and so funny and I could tell the client was really happy 😊
Philippe is definitely the best VO artist I’ve heard since being at Sponge! Just wow!
Pleasure to work with
Pleasure to work with these guys. Hugh and the team couldn’t do enough to help and keep us informed throughout our customer journey. Highly recommended!
Alex CarrBBGR Optical
Delivers great work, right on time
We’ve used Matinée for several projects, from video editing to translations of marketing materials, and they’re always a great pleasure to work with. Any requests are answered right away. We’ve had tight deadlines, but we’ve never worried as the team at Matinée delivers great work, right on time.
Lisa PotrawiakSinclair Pharma
Fantastic to work with
The team at Matinée are fantastic to work with. They are really communicative, helpful and turned around the work as quickly as possible. I have no complaints at all and we will definitely be getting back in contact when we next need subtitles.
Jon MirleyThree Motion Media
Matinée is a company I can trust
I’ve worked with Matinee for well over 20 years, and continue to go back to them because of trust; a trust in their commitment to fulfilling the needs of my project, and a trust in the quality of their work.
Bruce CorbyMuddy Boot Productions
I use Matinee a lot for subtitling projects
I use Matinee for a lot of subtitling projects and they never fail to meet the deadlines. Great customer service and fast responses. Well done to the entire team.
Jade BurnellThe Big Word
Friendly and efficient service
The speed of response, and friendly, efficient service from all staff was quite exceptional. Matinee particularly stands out by putting the customer’s needs first, even when the job is relatively small and a bit of a technical challenge. I would strongly recommend Matinee for any subtitling work.
Richard TaylorFreelancer producer and film maker
A fantastic company to work with
A fantastic company to work with. Fast email responses, rapid delivery of audio files, and all with positive and warm personalities shining through! Thank you Matinée for a wonderful customer experience.
They are always well organised
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I have to mention the quick response of Sally and Nicole to my last minute request. They both understood the urgency of my need, and helped me complete the recording to hit my deadline.