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List of famous people from Iceland, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Iceland, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Iceland you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Iceland, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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Snorri Sturluson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Snorri Sturluson Died at 62 (1179-1241) - 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

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir age 74 - Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is a former politician and the former Prime Minister of Iceland. She became active in the trade union movement, serving as an officer. Elected an MP from ...more

Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson age 53 - 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

Davíð Þór Viðarsson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Davíð Þór Viðarsson age 31 - Davíð Þór Viðarsson is an Icelandic footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Danish 1st Division club Vejle Boldklub Kolding and the Iceland national team. ...more

Jón Jósep Snæbjörnsson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Jón Jósep Snæbjörnsson age 38 - Jónsi is a singer and a film score composer.

Sha-ri Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Sha-ri Pendleton age 54 - Sha-ri Pendleton is a former world class hurdler, javelin thrower, and aspiring bodybuilder of the mid, and late 1980s.

Davíð Oddsson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Davíð Oddsson age 69 - Davíð Oddsson is an Icelandic politician and the longest-serving Prime Minister of Iceland, holding office from 1991 to 2004. From 2004 to 2005 he served as Foreign Minister. ...more

Steingrímur Hermannsson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Steingrímur Hermannsson Died at 82 (1928-2010) - Steingrímur Hermannsson was Prime Minister of Iceland.

Magnús Ver Magnússon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Magnús Ver Magnússon age 52 - Magnús Ver Magnússon is an Icelandic former powerlifter and strongman competitor. He won the title of World's Strongest Man four times.

Eiður Guðjohnsen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Eiður Guðjohnsen age 37 - Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays for English club Bolton Wanderers as a forward or attacking midfielder. He has previously played for ...more

Jon Gustafsson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Jon Gustafsson age 54 - Jon Gustafsson is an Iceland born film director. The Icelandic spelling of his name is Jón Gústafsson. Best known for directing the Canadian documentary film Wrath of Gods, ...more

Magnus Magnusson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Magnus Magnusson Died at 78 (1929-2007) - Magnus Magnusson, KBE was an Icelandic television presenter, journalist, translator and writer. Based in the United Kingdom, he was born in Iceland but lived in Scotland for almost all of his ...more

Skúli Sverrisson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Skúli Sverrisson age 50 - Skúli Sverrisson is an Icelandic composer and bassist residing in New York City. Over the past two decades, bass guitarist-composer Skuli Sverrisson has worked with a veritable who’s who ...more

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson age 58 - Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, also known as HÖH, is a musician, an art director, and allsherjargoði of Ásatrúarfélagið. Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson was a pioneer ...more

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Sturla Gunnarsson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Sturla Gunnarsson age 64 - Sturla Gunnarsson is a Canadian film director. Gunnarsson was born in Iceland in 1951. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, with his parents when he was seven years old. As he grew up he ...more

Bubbi Morthens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Bubbi Morthens age 60 - Bubbi Morthens, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. His given name is Ásbjörn Kristinsson Morthens, called Bubbi as it is a common affectionate form of Ásbjörn. ...more

Jóhann Jóhannsson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Jóhann Jóhannsson age 47 - Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Icelandic composer born in Reykavik in Iceland. As a composer he has been identified with minimalist, neo-classical, drone, and electronic music. ...more

Atli Örvarsson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Atli Örvarsson age 46 - Atli Örvarsson is an Icelandic film score composer. Atli's credits include composing and orchestrating music for some of Hollywood's biggest projects, including the Pirates of the Caribbean ...more

Bergur Sigurbjörnsson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Bergur Sigurbjörnsson Died at 88 (1917-2005) - Bergur Sigurbjörnsson was an Icelandic magazine editor and politician. He studied business in the University of Iceland, and later went on to study economics in Stockholm University. He ...more

Orri Páll Dýrason is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Orri Páll Dýrason age 38 - Orri Páll D Rason is a film score composer.

Árni Mathiesen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Árni Mathiesen age 58 - Árni M. Mathiesen is an Icelandic politician. From September 2005 through 31 January 2009, he was Minister of Finance in Iceland. From 1999–2005 he was Minister of Fisheries. Mathiesen ...more

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Rúrik Gíslason is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Rúrik Gíslason age 29 - Rúrik Gíslason is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a midfielder for Danish Superliga side F.C. Copenhagen. Rúrik signed for Charlton Athletic at the end of August 2005, ...more

Ólafur Stefánsson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Ólafur Stefánsson age 43 - Ólafur Indriði Stefánsson is an Icelandic handball player who, for many years was the captain of the Iceland national handball but announced his international retirement after ...more

Valdís Óskarsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Valdís Óskarsdóttir age 65 - Valdís Óskarsdóttir is a film editor, director and screenwriter.

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir age 59 - Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir is an Icelandic writer. She works as an assistant professor of Art history and she is the director of the art museum of the University of Iceland.

Einar Hjörleifsson Kvaran is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Einar Hjörleifsson Kvaran Died at 79 (1859-1938) - Einar Hjörleifsson Kvaran was an Icelandic editor, novelist, poet, playwright and prominent spiritualist. Einar Kvaran was the son of Rev. Hjörleifur Einarsson and Guðlaug ...more

Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir age 66 - Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir is an Icelandic writer born on 21 January 1949 in Hafnarfjörður. She received her degree in 1991 from the University of Iceland in the fields ...more

Hilmir Snær Guðnason is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Hilmir Snær Guðnason age 48 - Hilmir Snær Guðnason is an Icelandic actor and voice actor. He is famous in his native country and has appeared in both film and on stage. In 2000 he was named as one of European films ...more

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Þorsteinn Gylfason is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Þorsteinn Gylfason Died at 63 (1942-2005) - Þorsteinn Gylfason was an Icelandic philosopher, translator, musician and poet. Þorsteinn distinguished himself in Icelandic public life with his writings in newspapers, journals and

Guðrún Helgadóttir is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Guðrún Helgadóttir age 81 - Guðrún Helgadóttir is a prominent writer of children's literature in Iceland. She was born in Hafnarfjörður on 7 September 1935. Her first book, Jón Oddur og ...more

Hrafn Gunnlaugsson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Hrafn Gunnlaugsson age 67 - Hrafn Gunnlaugsson is an Icelandic film director. He is the brother of the actress Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir. He is mostly known for his series of Viking films, sometimes called "Cod ...more

Bjarni Jónsson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Bjarni Jónsson age 97 - 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

Þórunn Sveinbjarnardóttir is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Þórunn Sveinbjarnardóttir age 51 - Þórunn Sveinbjarnardóttir is an Icelandic politician. A graduate of the University of Iceland and the Bologna Center of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International ...more

Össur Skarphéðinsson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Össur Skarphéðinsson age 63 - Össur Skarphéðinsson is an Icelandic politician who was Minister for Foreign Affairs from February 2009 - 2013. Össur matriculated from the Reykjavík Grammar School ...more

Svava Jakobsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Svava Jakobsdóttir Died at 74 (1930-2004) - Svava Jakobsdóttir was one of Iceland's foremost 20th Century authors and feminist politicians. As a writer her work was characterized by "unique brand of surreal feminism." Her ...more

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Jón Kalman Stefánsson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Jón Kalman Stefánsson age 52 - Jón Kalman Stefánsson is an Icelandic author.

Fannar Þór Friðgeirsson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Fannar Þór Friðgeirsson age 29 - Fannar Þór Friðgeirsson is a handball player.

Róbert Ingi Douglas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Róbert Ingi Douglas age 43 - Róbert Ingi Douglas is an Icelandic film director, screenwriter and cinematographer who made his feature film debut with Íslenski draumurinn. That film became a sleeper hit in the ...more

Vigdís Grímsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Vigdís Grímsdóttir age 62 - 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

Chris Albertson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Chris Albertson age 85 - Christiern Gunnar Albertson is a New York City-based jazz journalist, writer and record producer.

Kari Kristjansson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Kari Kristjansson age 34 - Kari Kristjansson is an Icelandic handball player.

Sveinn Pálsson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Sveinn Pálsson Sveinn Pálsson was an Icelandic physician and a naturalist who carried out systematic observations of Icelandic glaciers in the 1790s. He also observed volcanoes and wildlife throughout ...more

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Ingibjörg Haraldsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Ingibjörg Haraldsdóttir age 74 - 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

Bjarni Pálsson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Bjarni Pálsson Died at 60 (1719-1779) - Bjarni Pálsson was a Icelandic physician and naturalist.

Runar Runarsson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Runar Runarsson age 38 - Rúnar Rúnarsson is an Icelandic screenwriter and director. Films for which he is credited as both writer and director include the feature film Volcano and the short films Anna, Two ...more

Gyrðir Elíasson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Gyrðir Elíasson age 56 - Gyrðir Elíasson is an author and translator in Iceland.

Flosi Ólafsson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Flosi Ólafsson Died at 80 (1929-2009) - Flosi Ólafsson is an actor, film director and screenwriter.

Arnór Guðjohnsen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Arnór Guðjohnsen age 55 - Arnór Guðjohnsen is an Icelandic former footballer who played as a striker. He is most famous for his seven-year stint with Belgian club Anderlecht and was the top scorer in the ...more

Jóhannes úr Kötlum is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Jóhannes úr Kötlum Died at 73 (1899-1972) - Jóhannes Jónasson úr Kötlum was an Icelandic author. He used the pseudonym Anonymus when he published poems written in modern style. He was nominated for the Nordic ...more

Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir age 50 - Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir is a film editor.