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Famous Athletes from Iceland

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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