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List of the most popular authors from Iceland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Icelander authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Icelander writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Iceland?" and "Who are the best Icelander authors?"

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Gunnar Gunnarsson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Gunnar Gunnarsson Frères jurés, The sworn brothers, Salige er de enfoldige Influential Icelandic author who lived in Denmark for many years before building his house close to his birthplace near Egilsstadir, in Eastern Iceland.

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Bobby Fischer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, My 60 Memorable Games, The games of Robert J. Fischer Robert James "Bobby" Fischer was an American chess prodigy, grandmaster, and the eleventh World Chess Champion. Many consider him the greatest chess player of all time. At age 13 ...more

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Halldór Laxness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
The Fish Can Sing, Independent People, The Atom Station Halldór Kiljan Laxness was a twentieth-century Icelandic writer. Throughout his career Laxness wrote poetry, newspaper articles, plays, travelogues, short stories, and novels. Major ...more

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Snorri Sturluson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Heimskringla, Gylfaginning, The Saga of Olaf Snorri Sturluson was an Icelandic historian, poet, and politician. He was elected twice as a lawspeaker at the Icelandic parliament, the Althing. He was the author of the Prose Edda or Younger ...more

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Sjón is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
The Blue Fox Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson, known as Sjón, is an Icelandic poet, novelist, and lyricist. His pen name is an abbreviation of his given name. Sjón frequently collaborates ...more

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Arnaldur Indriðason is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Voices: A Thriller, Jar City, Silence of the Grave Arnaldur Indriðason is an Icelandic writer of crime fiction; most of his books feature the protagonist Detective Erlendur.

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Dieter Roth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Poetrie 5 bis 1, Neo Nix und Ned Mix, The road to Germany's national elections Dieter Roth was a Swiss artist best known for his artist's books, editioned prints, sculptures, and works made of found materials, including rotting food stuffs. He was also known as Dieter Rot ...more

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Ólafur Elíasson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s ...more

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Einar Már Guðmundsson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Angels of the universe Einar Már Guðmundsson is an Icelandic author of novels, short stories, and poetry. His books have been translated into several languages.

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Thor Vilhjálmsson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Thor Vilhjálmsson Justice Undone, Fljótt, fljótt sagði fuglinn Thor Vilhjálmsson was an Icelandic writer. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Over the course of his life Vilhjálmsson wrote novels, plays and poetry and also did translations. In ...more

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Jørgen Jørgensen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
The convict king Jørgen Jørgensen was a Danish adventurer during the Age of Revolution. During the Action of 2 March 1808 his ship was captured by the British. In 1809 he sailed to Iceland, ...more

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Gyrðir Elíasson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Gyrðir Elíasson Gula húsið, Milli trjánna, Bréfbátarigningin Gyrðir Elíasson is an author and translator in Iceland.

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Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Last Rituals Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic writer, of both crime-novels and children's fiction. She has been writing since 1998. Her début crime-novel was translated into English by ...more

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Snorri Hjartarson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Snorri Hjartarson Leafs and Stars, Hauströkkrið yfir mér Snorri Hjartarson was an Icelandic poet, and a winner of the Nordic Council's Literature Prize.

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Val Bjornson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Val Bjornson The history of Minnesota Kristjan Valdimar "Val" Bjornson was a Minnesota writer, newspaper editor, and politician who served as State Treasurer for more than two decades. He was born in Minneota, Minnesota of ...more

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Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson Að laufferjum og Að brunnum Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson was an Icelandic novelist, short story writer and poet. His published works include five volumes of short stories, six novels, two short novels, four ...more

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Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Walking Into the Night, Absolution, The Journey Home Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland on September 26, 1962. He studied physics as a Wien Scholar at Brandeis University. He is the author of three previous ...more

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Guðbergur Bergsson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Guðbergur Bergsson Hermann og Dídí, Sagan af Ara Fróðasyni og Hugborgu konu hans, Faðir og móðir og dulmagn Guðbergur Bergsson is an Icelandic writer born in Grindavík on 16 October 1932. He went to the University of Iceland for his Teaching degree and then went for further study in ...more

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Jón Kalman Stefánsson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Jón Kalman Stefánsson Sumarið bakvið Brekkuna, Ýmislegt um risafurur og tímann, Sumarljós Jón Kalman Stefánsson is an Icelandic author.

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Andri Snær Magnason is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer. He has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories, essays and CDs. His work has been published or performed in more than 16 countries. His ...more

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Thorvaldur Gylfason is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Thorvaldur Gylfason The Macroeconomics of European Agriculture, Understanding Economic Growth, Principles of Economic Growth Thorvaldur Gylfason is an Icelandic economist who has been active in Icelandic public life. On 27 November 2010, he was elected to be a delegate at the Icelandic Constitutional Assembly in

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Vigdís Grímsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Vigdís Grímsdóttir Stúlkan í skóginum, Grandavegur 7, Z Vigdís Grímsdóttir is an Icelandic writer born on August 15, 1953. She received her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Iceland. She has written poetry, short stories, ...more

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Bragi Ólafsson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Sendiherrann, The pets Bragi Ólafsson is a musician and a writer. Internationally he is best known for his work as a bassist in The Sugarcubes, the avant-garde pop band from Iceland that brought fame to ...more

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Einar Kárason is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Einar Kárason Heimskra manna rád, Ofsi, Stormur Einar Kárason is an Icelandic writer. He has been a full-time writer since 1978. He started his career with poetry in literary magazines from 1978 to 1980. In 1981 he published his first ...more

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Guðmundur Kamban is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Guðmundur Kamban Hadda Padda, We murderers Guðmundur Kamban was an Icelandic playwright and novelist. He was born near Reykjavík, son of a merchant of an old and well known Icelandic family. He graduated from the College of ...more

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Ingibjörg Haraldsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Nú eru aðrir tímar, Hvar sem ég verð Ingibjörg Haraldsdóttir is an Icelandic poet and translator. She lived in Cuba from 1970 to 1975 and also lived in the U.S.S.R. for a time. She has had six books of poetry published. ...more

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Álfrún Gunnlaugsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Hringsól, Hvatt að rúnum, Yfir Ebrófljótið Álfrún Gunnlaugsdóttir is an Icelandic writer who was born in Reykjavík on 18 March 1938. After high school, she went to Spain and later worked on her doctoral thesis ...more

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Þórarinn Eldjárn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Þórarinn Eldjárn The Blue Tower Þórarinn Eldjárn is an Icelandic writer. He studied at the University of Lund and the University of Iceland. He has written numerous poems, stories, and novels. He has also ...more

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Hallgrímur Helgason is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Konan við 1000ş - Herbjörg María Björnsson segir frá, Rokland, 101 Reykjavík Hallgrímur Helgason is an Icelandic painter, novelist, translator, and columnist.

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Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Hayek's conservative liberalism Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson is a professor of political science at the University of Iceland and a frequent commentator on current affairs in the Icelandic media. He is best known as a ...more

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Jónas Hallgrímsson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Jónas Hallgrímsson Jónas Hallgrímsson was an Icelandic poet, author and naturalist. He was one of the founders of the Icelandic journal Fjölnir, which was first published in Copenhagen in 1835. ...more

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Jón Arason is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Jón Arason was an Icelandic Roman Catholic bishop and poet, who was executed in his struggle against the imposition of the Protestant Reformation in Iceland.

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Guðbrandur Vigfússon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Sigfred-Arminivs, Flateyjarbók Guðbrandur Vigfússon, known in English as Gudbrand Vigfusson, was one of the foremost Scandinavian scholars of the 19th century.

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Bjarni Jónsson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Topics in universal algebra Bjarni Jónsson is an Icelandic mathematician and logician working in universal algebra and lattice theory. He is emeritus Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Vanderbilt University ...more

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Matthías Jochumsson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Matthías Jochumsson Matthías Jochumsson was an Icelandic poet, playwright, and translator. He is best known for his lyrical poetry and for writing the national anthem of Iceland, Lofsöngur, in 1874. He ...more

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Þorsteinn Erlingsson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Þorsteinn Erlingsson Ruins of the saga time in Iceland Þorsteinn Erlingsson, was an Icelandic poet. He graduated from Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík in 1883 and went to Copenhagen to study law. He never finished law school but ...more

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Grímur Thomsen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Grímur Thomsen Grímur Thomsen, Icelandic poet and editor, was born in Bessastaðir in 1820. He was the son of Þorgrímur Tómasson, a goldsmith. In 1837, he went to the University ...more

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Stephan G. Stephansson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Stephan G. Stephansson Selected prose & poetry Stephan G. Stephansson was a Western Icelander, poet, and farmer. His original name was Stefán Guðmundur Guðmundsson. He was born in Skagafjörður, Iceland but emigrated ...more

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Þorsteinn Gylfason is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Þorsteinn Gylfason was an Icelandic philosopher, translator, musician and poet. Þorsteinn distinguished himself in Icelandic public life with his writings in newspapers, journals and

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Sigurður Nordal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Sigurður Nordal Hrafnkels saga Freysgođa, Icelandic culture Sigurður Nordal was an Icelandic scholar, writer and ambassador. He was influential in forming the theory of the Icelandic sagas as works of literature composed by individual authors. Nordal ...more

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Ari Thorgilsson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Ari Thorgilsson Íslendingabók Ari Þorgilsson was Iceland's most prominent medieval chronicler. He is the author of Íslendingabók, which details the histories of the various families who settled Iceland. ...more

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Egill Skallagrímsson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Egill Skallagrímsson Egil's Saga Egill Skallagrímsson also known as Egil Skallagrimsson was a Viking-Age poet, warrior and farmer. He is also the protagonist of the eponymous Egil's Saga. Egil's Saga historically ...more

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Hannes Hafstein is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Hannes Þórður Pétursson Hafstein was an Icelandic politician and poet. In 1904 he became the first Icelander to be appointed to the Danish Cabinet as the Minister for ...more

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Þórbergur Þórðarson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Þórbergur Þórðarson Þórbergur Þórðarson was an Icelandic author and Esperantist. On 30 June 2006, Þórbergssetur was opened as a museum and cultural center in Hali,

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Steingrímur Thorsteinsson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Steingrímur Thorsteinsson Steingrímur Thorsteinsson was an Icelandic poet and writer. He translated many works of literature into Icelandic, including Arabian Nights and the fairy tales of Hans Christian

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Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson A history of the old Icelandic commonwealth, Lumpfish caviar Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson is an Icelandic businessman and former CEO of Baugur Group.

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Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason is a founding member of Icelandic experimental band múm, and has been a part-time member of other Icelandic bands such as Benni Hemm ...more

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Haraldur Sigurdsson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
The petrology and chemistry of the Setberg volcanic region and of the intermediate and acid rocks of Iceland Haraldur Sigurðsson is an Icelandic volcanologist and geochemist. Sigurðsson studied geology and geochemistry in the United Kingdom, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree from Queen's ...more

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Páll Skúlason is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Páll Skúlason Saga & philosophy & other essays Páll Skúlason was born 4 June 1945 in Akureyri, Iceland. He is a professor of philosophy and former Rector of the University of Iceland.

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Sturla Þórðarson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Sturla Þórðarson The saga of Hacon Sturla Þórðarson was an Icelandic politician/chieftain and writer of sagas and contemporary history during the 13th century. Sturla was the son of Þórður ...more