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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?"

For further information on these historic Icelander authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Icelander authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
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  • Gunnar Gunnarsson1

    Gunnar Gunnarsson

    Frères jurés, The sworn brothers

    BirthplaceFljótsdalur

    Birthdate1889

    NationalityIceland

    Gunnar Gunnarsson (18 May 1889 – 21 November 1975) was an Icelandic author who wrote mainly in...  more
  • Bobby Fischer2

    Bobby Fischer

    Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, My 60 Memorable Games

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Birthdate1943-03-09

    NationalityIceland, United States of America, Germany

    Robert James Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess grandmaster and...  more

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  • Halldór Laxness3

    Halldór Laxness

    The Fish Can Sing, Independent People

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Birthdate1902

    NationalityIceland

    Halldór Kiljan Laxness (Icelandic: [ˈhaltour ˈcʰɪljan ˈlaxsnɛs] (listen); born Halldór...  more
  • Snorri Sturluson4

    Snorri Sturluson

    Heimskringla, Gylfaginning

    BirthplaceEurope, Iceland, Northern Europe, Eurasia, Nordic countries

    Birthdate1179

    NationalityIceland

    Snorri Sturluson (Icelandic: [ˈsnɔrːɪ ˈstʏrtlʏsɔn]; 1179 – 23 September 1241) was an Icelandic...  more
  • Sjón5

    Sjón

    The Blue Fox

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Birthdate1962-08-27

    NationalityIceland

    Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson (born 27 August 1962), known as Sjón ( SYOHN), is an Icelandic...  more
  • Arnaldur Indriðason6

    Arnaldur Indriðason

    Voices: A Thriller, Jar City

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Birthdate1961-01-28

    NationalityIceland

    Arnaldur Indriðason (pronounced [ˈartnaltʏr ˈɪntrɪðasɔn]; born 8 January 1961) is an...  more
  • Dieter Roth7

    Dieter Roth

    Poetrie 5 bis 1, Neo Nix und Ned Mix

    BirthplaceHanover, Germany

    Birthdate1930-04-21

    NationalityIceland, Germany

    Dieter Roth (April 21, 1930 – June 5, 1998) was a Swiss artist best known for his artist's...  more
  • Ólafur Elíasson8
    Olafur Eliasson (Icelandic: Ólafur Elíasson; born 1967) is a Danish-Icelandic artist known...  more
  • Einar Már Guðmundsson9

    Einar Már Guðmundsson

    Angels of the universe

    BirthplaceEurope, Iceland, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Reykjavik

    Birthdate1954

    NationalityIceland

    Einar Már Guðmundsson (born 18 September 1954 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic author of novels,...  more
  • Thor Vilhjálmsson10

    Thor Vilhjálmsson

    Justice Undone, Fljótt

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    Birthdate1925-08-12

    NationalityIceland

    Thor Vilhjálmsson (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈtʰouːr ˈvɪlçaulmˌsɔn]; 12 August 1925 – 2 March...  more
  • Jørgen Jørgensen11

    Jørgen Jørgensen

    The convict king

    BirthplaceDenmark, Eurasia, Copenhagen

    Birthdate1780

    NationalityIceland, Denmark

    Jørgen Jørgensen (name of birth: Jürgensen, and changed to Jorgenson from 1817) (29 March 1780...  more
  • 12

    Gyrðir Elíasson

    Gula húsið, Milli trjánna

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Birthdate1961-04-04

    NationalityIceland

    Gyrðir Elíasson (born 4 April 1961) is an author and translator in Iceland....  more
  • Yrsa Sigurðardóttir13

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Birthdate1963-08-24

    NationalityIceland

    Vilborg Yrsa Sigurðardóttir (born in 1963) is an Icelandic writer of both crime novels and...  more
  • 14

    Snorri Hjartarson

    Leafs and Stars, Hauströkkrið yfir mér

    Birthdate1906

    NationalityIceland

    Snorri Hjartarson (22 April 1906 – 27 December 1986) was an Icelandic poet, and a winner of...  more
  • 15

    Val Bjornson

    The history of Minnesota

    BirthplaceMinneota, Minnesota

    Birthdate1906-08-29

    NationalityIceland, United States of America

    Kristjan Valdimar "Val" Bjornson (August 29, 1906 – March 10, 1987) was a Minnesota writer,...  more
  • 16

    Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson

    Að laufferjum og Að brunnum

    Birthdate1918

    NationalityIceland

    Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson (26 September 1918 – 30 July 1988) was an Icelandic novelist, short...  more
  • 17

    Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson

    Walking Into the Night, Absolution

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Birthdate1962-09-26

    NationalityIceland

    Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson (born 26 September 1962), usually known as Olaf Olafsson, is an...  more
  • 18

    Guðbergur Bergsson

    Hermann og Dídí, Sagan af Ara Fróðasyni og Hugborgu konu hans

    BirthplaceEurope, Iceland, Grindavík, Northern Europe, Nordic countries

    Birthdate1932

    NationalityIceland

    Guðbergur Bergsson is an Icelandic writer born in Grindavík on 16 October 1932. He attended...  more
  • Jón Kalman Stefánsson19

    Jón Kalman Stefánsson

    Sumarið bakvið Brekkuna, Ýmislegt um risafurur og tímann

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Birthdate1963-12-17

    NationalityIceland

    Jón Kalman Stefánsson (born 17 December 1963) is an Icelandic author....  more
  • 20

    Andri Snær Magnason

    Dreamland: A Self-Help Manual for a Frightened Nation

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Birthdate1973

    NationalityIceland

    Andri Snær Magnason (born 14 July 1973) is an Icelandic writer. He has written novels, poetry,...  more
  • Thorvaldur Gylfason21

    Thorvaldur Gylfason

    The Macroeconomics of European Agriculture, Understanding Economic Growth

    Birthdate1951

    NationalityIceland

    Thorvaldur Gylfason (Icelandic orthography Þorvaldur Gylfason; born 18 July 1951) is an...  more
  • 22

    Vigdís Grímsdóttir

    Stúlkan í skóginum, Grandavegur 7

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Birthdate1953-08-15

    NationalityIceland

    Vigdís Grímsdóttir (born 15 August 1953) is an Icelandic writer....  more
  • 23

    Bragi Ólafsson

    Sendiherrann, The pets

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Birthdate1962-08-11

    NationalityIceland

    Bragi Ólafsson (born 11 August 1962 in Reykjavík, Iceland) is a musician and a...  more
  • Einar Kárason24

    Einar Kárason

    Heimskra manna rád, Ofsi

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Birthdate1955-11-24

    NationalityIceland

    Einar Kárason (born November 24, 1955 in Reykjavík, Iceland) is an Icelandic writer. He has...  more
  • Guðmundur Kamban25

    Guðmundur Kamban

    Hadda Padda, We murderers

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Birthdate1888-06-08

    NationalityIceland

    Guðmundur Kamban (8 June 1888 – 5 May 1945) was an Icelandic playwright and novelist. He was...  more