History of the Institute
In June 2006 the Icelandic Alþingi passed legislation concerning the The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies. According to this legislation the Icelandic Language Institute, the University of Iceland Institute of Lexicography, the Árni Magnússon Institute, the Sigurður Nordal Institute, and the Place-Name Institute of Iceland were to be merged into one institute starting on 1 September 2006. The new institute would take over the duties and tasks previously performed by each of the individual institutes.
Dr. Vésteinn Ólason was appointed director of the new Institute of Icelandic Studies on 12 September 2006. Vésteinn was the director of the Árni Magnússon Institute from 1 May 1999 until 1 September 2006.