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List of famous athletes from Iceland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Iceland has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Icelander athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Iceland and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Iceland then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

The list you're viewing has a variety of athletes in it, like Valdimar Grímsson and Albert Guðmundsson.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Icelander athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Iceland?"

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Alexander Petersson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Alexander Petersson is an Icelandic handball player of Latvian and Baltic German origin, who currently plays for the Iceland national handball team and Rhein-Neckar Löwen. Alexander was ...more

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Hreiðar Guðmundsson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Hreiðar Levy Guðmundsson is an Icelandic handball player who currently plays for Nøtterøy IF in Norway. He was part of the Icelandic team that won the silver medal at the

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Vala Flosadóttir is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Vala Flosadóttir is an Icelandic former athlete competing in the pole vault.

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Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson is an Icelandic handball player who plays for FC Barcelona Handbol.

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Róbert Gunnarsson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Róbert Gunnarsson is an Icelandic handball player who plays for Paris Saint-Germain and the Icelandic national team as a line player. He has competed for Iceland at three Olympic Games, ...more

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Patrekur Jóhannesson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Patrekur Jóhannesson is an Icelandic former handball player and current coach who competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics. In November 2011 he was appointed the head coach for the Austrian ...more

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Björgvin Páll Gustavsson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Björgvin Páll Gustavsson is an Icelandic handball player who currently plays for Bergischer HC. Gústavsson grew up in Kópavogur, the oldest child of five. He has two ...more

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Helgi Daníelsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
IF Elfsborg Helgi Valur Daníelsson is a football player from Iceland.

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Sigfús Sigurðsson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Sigfús Sigurðsson is an Icelandic handball player who currently plays for Valur in The N1 League. He competed at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, winning the silver medal in 2008.

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Magnús Scheving is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Magnús Örn Eyjólfsson Scheving is an Icelandic writer, actor, producer, entrepreneur, and athlete. He is the creator and co-star of the children's television show LazyTown, in ...more

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Ólafur Stefánsson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Ólafur Indriði Stefánsson is an Icelandic handball player who, for many years was the captain of the Iceland national handball but announced his international retirement after ...more

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Ásgeir Örn Hallgrímsson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Ásgeir Örn Hallgrimsson is an Icelandic handball player, currently playing for USAM Nîmes. He also plays for the Icelandic national handball team. Hallgrimsson has previously ...more

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Sturla Ásgeirsson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Sturla Ásgeirsson is an Icelandic handball player who currently plays for HSG Düsseldorf in Germany.

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Ingimundur Ingimundarson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Ingimundur Ingimundarson is an Icelandic handball player who currently plays for Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur in the N1-deild. In June 2008 he was able to leave the ...more

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Torger Motland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Torger Motland Randaberg IL Torger Motland is a Norwegian football striker who currently plays for Ålgård.His previous clubs include Viking, Sandnes Ulf, Bryne and Mandalskameratene, FH Hafnarfjörður. ...more

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Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir Kristianstads DFF Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a striker for Kristianstads DFF of the Swedish Damallsvenskan. She is the all-time top goalscorer of ...more

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Snorri Guðjónsson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Snorri Steinn Guðjónsson is an Icelandic handball player, who currently plays for Sélestat Alsace Handball. He also plays for the Icelandic national handball team, winning the ...more

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Arnór Atlason is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Arnór Atlason is an Icelandic handball player, currently playing for Saint-Raphaël Var Handball. He also plays for the Icelandic national handball team. Arnór proved to be one ...more

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Vilhjálmur Einarsson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Vilhjálmur Einarsson is an Icelandic former athlete, and triple-jump silver medalist at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Vilhjálmur grew up in the East-Icelandic ...more

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Sverre Andreas Jakobsson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Sverre Andreas Jakobsson is an Icelandic handball player. He currently plays for KA Akureyrar. With the Icelandic national team, he has competed at two Olympics, winning the silver medal at the ...more

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Hólmfríður Magnúsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Hólmfríður Magnúsdóttir Hólmfríður "Frida" Magnúsdóttir is an Icelandic footballer who plays for Avaldsnes IL in Norway. She plays as a left winger or as an attacking ...more

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Þórey Edda Elísdóttir is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Þórey Edda Elísdóttir is an Icelandic former pole vaulter. Her personal best is 4.60 metres, achieved in July 2004 in Madrid. This is also the current national ...more

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Logi Geirsson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Logi Eldon Geirsson is a retired Icelandic handballer. He retired due to successive shoulder injuries. He was born in Reykjavík. Raised in Hafnarfjörður, Iceland. He's the son of ...more

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Þóra Björg Helgadóttir is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Þóra Björg Helgadóttir Þóra Björg Helgadóttir, commonly Anglicised as Thora Helgadottir, is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a goalkeeper. Trained at university level in the United States, ...more

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Guðbjörg Gunnarsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Guðbjörg Gunnarsdóttir Guðbjörg "Gugga" Gunnarsdóttir is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for LSK Kvinner FK of the Norwegian Toppserien and Iceland's national team. She ...more

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Erna Björk Sigurðardóttir is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Erna Björk Sigurðardóttir Erna Björk Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic former footballer who played as a defender. She was part of Iceland's national team and competed in UEFA Women's Euro 2009. Erna ...more

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Ásta Árnadóttir is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Ásta Árnadóttir Ásta Árnadóttir is a Icelandic former footballer who was a defender. Ásta was part of Iceland's national team and was a member of the squad at UEFA Women's Euro 2009. ...more

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Eiður Guðjohnsen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
FC Barcelona Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays for English club Bolton Wanderers as a forward or attacking midfielder. He has previously played for ...more

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Björgvin Björgvinsson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Björgvin Björgvinsson is an Icelandic alpine skier.

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Aron Gunnarsson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Cardiff City F.C. Aron Einar Malmquist Gunnarsson is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays for Welsh club Cardiff City. He can play either at right back or in central midfield. Aron has played club ...more

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Alfreð Finnbogason is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Helsingborgs IF Alfreð Finnbogason is an Icelandic footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Sociedad as a striker. He was the Eredivisie top scorer in the 2013-14 season with 29 goals, a tally topped only ...more

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Birkir Bjarnason is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Standard Liège Birkir Bjarnason is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Italian Serie B club Pescara.

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Guðmundur Guðmundsson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Guðmundur Þórður Guðmundsson is a former handball player and current coach. He was the head coach of the Iceland national handball team. Under his command the Icelandic ...more

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Eggert Jónsson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Eggert Jónsson Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. Eggert Gunnþór Jónsson is an Icelandic international footballer who plays predominantly as a midfielder but is also capable of playing as a centre back or in both full back ...more

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Stefán Logi Magnússon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Stefán Logi Magnússon Lillestrøm S.K. Stefán Logi Magnússon is an Icelandic international footballer. A goalkeeper, and currently the first choice goalkeeper at KR. He made his debut with the Icelandic national team in ...more

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Eyjólfur Sverrisson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Eyjólfur Sverrisson Eyjólfur Gjafar Sverrisson is an Icelandic former footballer and former coach of the Iceland national football team. He is the father of Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson, who

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Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
AZ Alkmaar Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson is an Icelandic football winger, who currently plays for Charlton Athletic in the Football League Championship.

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Peter Ronson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Peter Ronson, born Pétur Rögnvaldsson, was an Icelandic-born athlete and actor. He competed in 110 metres hurdles at the 1960 Summer Olympics. As an actor he played "Hans" ...more

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Teitur Thordarson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Teitur Thordarson Vancouver Whitecaps Teitur Thordarson is an Icelandic football coach. On 11 December 2007 he became coach of Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He is the older brother of Ólafur Thordarson.

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Joey Guðjónsson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Joey Guðjónsson Burnley F.C. Jóhannes "Joey" Karl Guðjónsson commonly known as Joey Guðjónsson is an Icelandic professional footballer who currently plays for Fylkir. He plays as a ...more

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Jakob Jóhann Sveinsson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Jakob Sveinsson is a 3-time Olympic swimmer from Iceland who started swimming for S.C. Ægir in 1991. He swam for Iceland at the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. At the 2000 Olympics, he swam to ...more

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Rúrik Gíslason is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Iceland national football team Rúrik Gíslason is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a midfielder for Danish Superliga side F.C. Copenhagen. Rúrik signed for Charlton Athletic at the end of August 2005, ...more

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Sölvi Ottesen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Sölvi Ottesen Iceland national football team Sölvi Geir Ottesen Jónsson is an Icelandic footballer, a centre-back. He is currently playing for Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty.

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Kári Árnason is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Aberdeen F.C. Kári Árnason is a professional footballer who plays for Rotherham United. He has also played for Víkingur, Djurgården, AGF Aarhus, Esbjerg fB, Plymouth Argyle and ...more

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Brynjar Gunnarsson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Reading F.C. Brynjar Björn Gunnarsson is an Icelandic former footballer who last played for KR as a midfielder. Brynjar had previously played for Nottingham Forest, Stoke City, Watford and Reading in ...more

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Ragnar Sigurðsson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
F.C. Copenhagen Ragnar Sigurðsson is an Icelandic professional footballer. Ragnar plays as centre back for FC Krasnodar in the Russian Premier League. He also plays for the Iceland national team.

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Hjörtur Logi Valgarðsson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Hjörtur Logi Valgarðsson IFK Göteborg Hjörtur Logi Valgarðsson is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays as a defender for Swedish club Örebro SK.

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Gylfi Sigurðsson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Shrewsbury Town F.C. Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson is an Icelandic footballer who currently plays for Swansea City as a midfielder. He is a specialist on set-pieces and possesses great long-range shooting ...more

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Indriði Sigurðsson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Iceland national football team Indriði Sigurðsson is an Icelandic football defender. He plays for the Norwegian club Viking.

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Pálmi Rafn Pálmason is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Lillestrøm S.K. Pálmi Rafn Pálmason is an Icelandic footballer who is currently playing for KR in the Icelandic Premier Division. Before that he played in Iceland for Völsungur, KA and Valur, ...more