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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

Birthplace: Fljótsdalur

Birthdate: 1889

Nationality: Iceland

Gunnar Gunnarsson (18 May 1889 – 21 November 1975) was an Icelandic author who wrote mainly in Danish. He grew up, in considerable poverty, on Valþjófsstaður in ...more
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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

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Birthdate: 1943-03-09

Nationality: Iceland, United States of America, Germany

Robert James Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess grandmaster and the eleventh World Chess Champion. Many consider him to be the greatest chess player of all ...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

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Birthdate: 1902

Nationality: Iceland

Halldór Kiljan Laxness (Icelandic: [ˈhaltour ˈcʰɪljan ˈlaxsnɛs] (listen); born Halldór Guðjónsson; 23 April 1902 – 8 February 1998) was an Icelandic writer. He won the ...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

Birthplace: Europe, Iceland, Northern Europe, Eurasia, Nordic countries

Birthdate: 1179

Nationality: Iceland

Snorri Sturluson (Icelandic: [ˈsnɔrːɪ ˈstʏrtlʏsɔn]; 1179 – 23 September 1241) was an Icelandic historian, poet, and politician. He was elected twice as lawspeaker to the Icelandic parliament, ...more
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Sjón is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
The Blue Fox

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Birthdate: 1962-08-27

Nationality: Iceland

Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson (born 27 August 1962), known as Sjón ( SYOHN), is an Icelandic poet, novelist, and lyricist. His pen name (meaning "sight") is an ...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

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Birthdate: 1961-01-28

Nationality: Iceland

Arnaldur Indriðason (pronounced [ˈartnaltʏr ˈɪntrɪðasɔn]; born 8 January 1961) 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

Birthplace: Hanover, Germany

Birthdate: 1930-04-21

Nationality: Iceland, Germany

Dieter Roth (April 21, 1930 – June 5, 1998) was a Swiss artist best known for his artist's books, editioned prints, sculptures, and works made of found materials, including rotting food stuffs. ...more
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Ólafur Elí... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Birthdate: 1967

Nationality: Iceland, Denmark

Olafur Eliasson (Icelandic: Ólafur Elíasson; born 1967) is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as ...more
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Einar Már Guð... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Angels of the universe

Birthplace: Europe, Iceland, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Reykjavik, + more

Birthdate: 1954

Nationality: Iceland

Einar Már Guðmundsson (born 18 September 1954 in Reykjavík) 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

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Birthdate: 1925-08-12

Nationality: Iceland

Thor Vilhjálmsson (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈtʰouːr ˈvɪlçaulmˌsɔn]; 12 August 1925 – 2 March 2011) was an Icelandic writer. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Over the course of ...more
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Jørgen Jør... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
The convict king

Birthplace: Denmark, Eurasia, Copenhagen

Birthdate: 1780

Nationality: Iceland, Denmark

Jørgen Jørgensen (name of birth: Jürgensen, and changed to Jorgenson from 1817) (29 March 1780 – 20 January 1841) was a Danish adventurer during the Age of Revolution. During ...more
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Gyrðir Elíass... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Gyrðir Elíasson Gula húsið, Milli trjánna, Bréfbátarigningin

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Birthdate: 1961-04-04

Nationality: Iceland

Gyrðir Elíasson (born 4 April 1961) is an author and translator in Iceland.
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Yrsa Sigurðard&oacut... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Last Rituals

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Birthdate: 1963-08-24

Nationality: Iceland

Vilborg Yrsa Sigurðardóttir (born in 1963) is an Icelandic writer of both crime novels and children's fiction. She has been writing since 1998. Her début crime novel was ...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

Birthdate: 1906

Nationality: Iceland

Snorri Hjartarson (22 April 1906 – 27 December 1986) 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

Birthplace: Minneota, Minnesota

Birthdate: 1906-08-29

Nationality: Iceland, United States of America

Kristjan Valdimar "Val" Bjornson (August 29, 1906 – March 10, 1987) was a Minnesota writer, newspaper editor, and politician who served as State Treasurer for more than two ...more
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Ólafur Jóh... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson Að laufferjum og Að brunnum

Birthdate: 1918

Nationality: Iceland

Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson (26 September 1918 – 30 July 1988) was an Icelandic novelist, short story writer and poet. His published works include five volumes of short stories, ...more
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Ólafur Jóh... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Walking Into the Night, Absolution, The Journey Home

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Birthdate: 1962-09-26

Nationality: Iceland

Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson (born 26 September 1962), usually known as Olaf Olafsson, is an Icelandic businessman, writer, and scientist. He is best known for his tenure at Sony ...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

Birthplace: Europe, Iceland, Grindavík, Northern Europe, Nordic countries

Birthdate: 1932

Nationality: Iceland

Guðbergur Bergsson is an Icelandic writer born in Grindavík on 16 October 1932. He attended the University of Iceland for his Teaching degree and then studied literature at the ...more
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Jón Kalman Stef&a... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Jón Kalman Stefánsson Sumarið bakvið Brekkuna, Ýmislegt um risafurur og tímann, Sumarljós

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Birthdate: 1963-12-17

Nationality: Iceland

Jón Kalman Stefánsson (born 17 December 1963) is an Icelandic author.
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Andri Snær Magnaso... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Birthdate: 1973

Nationality: Iceland

Andri Snær Magnason (born 14 July 1973) is an Icelandic writer. He has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories, and essays. His work has been published or performed in more than 30 ...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

Birthdate: 1951

Nationality: Iceland

Thorvaldur Gylfason (Icelandic orthography Þorvaldur Gylfason; born 18 July 1951) is an Icelandic economist who has been active in Icelandic public life. On 27 November 2010, he was ...more
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Vigdís Grí... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Vigdís Grímsdóttir Stúlkan í skóginum, Grandavegur 7, Z

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Birthdate: 1953-08-15

Nationality: Iceland

Vigdís Grímsdóttir (born 15 August 1953) is an Icelandic writer.
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Bragi Ólafsson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Iceland
Sendiherrann, The pets

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Birthdate: 1962-08-11

Nationality: Iceland

Bragi Ólafsson (born 11 August 1962 in Reykjavík, Iceland) is a musician and a writer. Internationally he is best known for his work as a bassist in The Sugarcubes, the avant-garde ...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

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Birthdate: 1955-11-24

Nationality: Iceland

Einar Kárason (born November 24, 1955 in Reykjavík, Iceland) is an Icelandic writer. He has been a full-time writer since 1978. He started his career with poetry in literary ...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

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Birthdate: 1888-06-08

Nationality: Iceland

Guðmundur Kamban (8 June 1888 – 5 May 1945) was an Icelandic playwright and novelist. He was born near Reykjavík, son of a merchant of an old and well-known Icelandic family. He ...more