Famous Authors from Iceland

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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.

Kolbeinn Tumason and Þórarinn loftunga are only the beginning of the authors on this list.

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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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