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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?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Iceland in order to get more information about each one.
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Alexander Petersson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Nationality: Iceland, Latvia

Alexander Petersson (born Aleksandrs Pētersons 2 July 1980) is an Icelandic handball player of Latvian and Baltic German origin, who currently plays for the Iceland national handball team and ...more
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Hreiðar Guðmunds... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Hreiðar Levy Guðmundsson (born 29 November 1980) is an Icelandic handball player who currently plays for Íþróttafélagið Grótta in Iceland. He was ...more
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Vala Flosadóttir ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Vala Flosadóttir (born 16 February 1978 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic former athlete competing in the pole vault.
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Guðjón Valur ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson (born 8 August 1979) is an Icelandic handball player who plays for Paris Saint-Germain and the Icelandic national team.
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Róbert Gunnarsson... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Róbert Gunnarsson (born 22 May 1980) is an Icelandic handball player who plays for Aarhus Håndbold and the Icelandic national team as a line player. He has competed for Iceland at ...more
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Patrekur Jóhannes... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: 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 Pál... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Hvammstangi, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Björgvin Páll Gustavsson (born 24 May 1985) is an Icelandic handball player for Skjern Håndbold and the Icelandic national team.
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Helgi Daníelsson ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
IF Elfsborg

Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden, Iceland

Position: Midfielder

Helgi Daníelsson may refer to: Helgi Daníelsson (footballer, born 1981), Icelandic footballer Helgi Daníelsson (footballer, born 1933), Icelandic footballer
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Sigfús Sigurð... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Sigfús Sigurðsson may refer to Sigfús Sigurðsson (athlete) (1922–1999), Olympic shot putter from Iceland Sigfús Sigurðsson (handballer) (born 1975), Olympic
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Magnús Scheving ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Borgarnes, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Magnús Örn Eyjólfsson Scheving (born 10 November 1964) is an Icelandic writer, entrepreneur, producer, actor and athlete. He was the creator, director, and star of the ...more
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Ólafur Stef&aacut... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Ólafur Indriði Stefánsson (born 3 July 1973 in Reykjavík, Iceland) is a former Icelandic handball player who, for many years was the captain of the Iceland national ...more
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Ásgeir Örn H... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Ásgeir Örn Hallgrimsson (born 17 February 1984) is an Icelandic handball player for Haukar and the Icelandic national team.Hallgrimsson has previously played for GOG and TBV Lemgo.
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Sturla Ásgeirsson... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Sturla Ásgeirsson (born 20 July 1980) 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

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Ingimundur Ingimundarson (born 29 January 1980) is an Icelandic handball player who currently plays for Íþróttafélag Reykjavíkur in the N1-deild. In June 2008 ...more
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Torger Motland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Torger Motland Randaberg IL

Birthplace: Norway

Nationality: Iceland, Norway

Position: Midfielder

Torger Motland (born 26 March 1985 in Hommersåk) is a Norwegian football striker who currently plays for Riska FK. His previous clubs include Viking, Stavanger, Bryne, Mandalskameratene, ...more
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Margrét Lá... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir Kristianstads DFF

Birthplace: Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Position: Forward

Margrét Lára Viðarsdóttir (born 25 July 1986) is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a striker for Valur of the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild. She is the all-time top ...more
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Snorri Guðjón... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Snorri Steinn Guðjónsson (born 17 October 1981) is a former Icelandic handball player and the current coach of Valur. He also played for the Icelandic national handball team, winning ...more
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Arnór Atlason is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Arnór Atlason (born 23 July 1984) is an Icelandic retired handball player and the current assistant coach of Aalborg Håndbold.
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Vilhjálmur Einars... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Fjarðabyggð, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Vilhjálmur Einarsson (born 5 June 1934) is an Icelandic former athlete, and triple-jump silver medalist at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Vilhjálmur grew up in ...more
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Sverre Andreas Jakobsson... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Nationality: Iceland

Sverre Andreas Jakobsson (born 8 February 1977) is an Icelandic handball manager and former player. With the Icelandic national handball team, he competed at two Olympics, winning the silver ...more
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Hólmfrí&et... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Hólmfríður Magnúsdóttir

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Position: Midfielder

Hólmfríður "Frida" Magnúsdóttir (born 20 September 1984) is an Icelandic footballer who plays for Selfoss in the Úrvalsdeild kvenna. She plays as ...more
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Þórey Edda ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Þórey Edda Elísdóttir (born 30 June 1977 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic former pole vaulter. Her personal best is 4.60 metres, achieved in July 2004 in Madrid. ...more
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Logi Geirsson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Logi Eldon Geirsson (born October 10, 1982) is a retired Icelandic handballer. He retired due to successive shoulder injuries. He was born in Reykjavík. Raised in Hafnarfjörður, ...more
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Þóra Bj&oum... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Þóra Björg Helgadóttir

Birthplace: Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Position: Goalkeeper

Þóra Björg Helgadóttir (born 5 May 1981), commonly Anglicised as Thora Helgadottir, is an Icelandic footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Trained at university level in ...more
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Guðbjörg Gunnar... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Iceland
Guðbjörg Gunnarsdóttir

Birthplace: Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Position: Goalkeeper

Guðbjörg "Gugga" Gunnarsdóttir (born 18 May 1985) is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Swedish Damallsvenskan club Djurgårdens IF Dam and ...more