After travellinging around Iceland in ten days in July 2006 I also wanted to explore its literature. So I decided to read the most famous Icelandic author, 1955 Nobel Price for Literature winner Halldór Laxness (see Wikipedia entry). Many novels were standing in that Reykjavik bookshop, with full rows in the bookshelf of English and German translations. I chose Independent People as a start, the story of a shepherd, struggling for independence, sacrificing even some family members for that dream.
I see some similarities to Ibsens “Brand”, although the main characters are quite different.