I completely forgot to tell you about the real score at Koloportið. Rob and I collect portable typewriters and I’ve been keeping my eye out for one with an Icelandic keyboard. This little beauty is a Groma Kolibra. It’s an East German machine from the 1950s and is in beautiful shape. It comes with a carrying case and the instruction manual. Best of all, it was only 500 kronur, which is like $6.70.
I typed our shopping list on it today and it was very satisfying. The keyboard has good action although the return lever is not as springy as I would like. One of the nifty things is the accent key. (You strike that to make letters like “Á”) The carriage doesn’t move when you strike it so that the next letter winds up centered under the accent. Snazzy.