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Famous People From Iceland

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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.

Elmar Geirsson and Thorarinn Leifsson are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Iceland?" or "Which celebrities were born in Iceland?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Snorri Sturluson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Dec. at 62 (1179-1241)

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

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
Jóhanna Sigurð... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 76

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[jou̯ːhana ˈsɪːɣʏrðartou̯htɪr]; born 4 October 1942) is an Icelandic politician and the former Prime Minister of Iceland. ...more
Ólafur Jóh... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 56

Birthplace: Reykjavik, 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
Davíð Þ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Davíð Þór Viðarsson Age: 34

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Davíð Þór Viðarsson (born 24 April 1984) is an Icelandic footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for FH and the Iceland national team. He has been the club ...more
Jón Jósep ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 41

Birthplace: Akureyri, Iceland

Jón Jósep Snæbjörnsson or Jónsi (born 1 June 1977) is an Icelandic singer and member of the band Í svörtum fötum ("In black clothing"). ...more
Sha-ri Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 56

Birthplace: Iceland

Sha-ri Pendleton (born 5 December 1963) 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
Age: 71

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Davíð Oddsson (pronounced [ˈtaːvið ˈɔtːsɔn]; born 17 January 1948) is an Icelandic politician, and the longest-serving Prime Minister of Iceland, in office from 1991 to 2004. From ...more
Steingrímur Herma... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Dec. at 82 (1928-2010)

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Steingrímur Hermannsson (pronounced [ˈsteinkrimur ˈhɛrmanˌsɔn]; 22 June 1928 – 1 February 2010) was an Icelandic politician who served as Prime Minister of Iceland from 1983 to 1987, and ...more
Magnús Ver Magn&u... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Magnús Ver Magnússon Age: 55

Birthplace: Egilsstaðir, Iceland

Magnús Ver Magnússon (born 22 April 1963) is an Icelandic former powerlifter and strongman competitor. He has won the title of World's Strongest Man four times (1991, 1994, 1995,
Eiður Guðjohnsen... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Eiður Guðjohnsen Age: 40

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen (spelt Eidur Gudjohnsen in English sources; born 15 September 1978) is an Icelandic former professional footballer who played as a forward. He is currently ...more

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Jon Gustafsson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 56

Birthplace: Akranes, Iceland

Jon Gustafsson is an Iceland born film director and photographer. The Icelandic spelling of his name is Jón Gústafsson. Best known for directing the Canadian documentary film Wrath ...more
Magnus Magnusson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Dec. at 78 (1929-2007)

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Magnus Magnusson, KBE ([ˈmaknus ˈmaknusɔn]; born Magnús Sigursteinsson; 12 October 1929 – 7 January 2007) was an Icelandic journalist, translator, writer, and television presenter. Born ...more
Skúli Sverrisson ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 52

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

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 Hilmarss... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 60

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson (Icelandic: [ˈhɪlmar ˈœr̥tn̥ ˈhɪlmarsɔn] (listen); born 23 April 1958), also known as HÖH, is a musician, an art director, and allsherjargoði (chief goði) ...more
Sturla Gunnarsson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 68

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Sturla Gunnarsson (born August 30, 1951) is an Icelandic-Canadian film and television director and producer. Gunnarsson was born in Reykjavík in 1951. He moved to Vancouver, British ...more
Bubbi Morthens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 59

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Bubbi Morthens (born 6 June 1956) is an Icelandic singer and songwriter.Born Ásbjörn Kristinsson Morthens in Reykjavík, he is known as "Bubbi", a common nickname for ...more
Jóhann Jóh... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 49

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Jóhann Gunnar Jóhannsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈjouːhan ˈjouːhansɔn]; 19 September 1969 – 9 February 2018) was an Icelandic composer who wrote music for a wide array of media ...more

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Atli Örvarsson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 48

Birthplace: Akureyri, Iceland

Atli Örvarsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈahtlɪ ˈœrvarsɔn]; born 7 July 1970) is an Icelandic film score composer. Atli's credits include composing and orchestrating music for some of ...more
Bergur Sigurbjörnss... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Dec. at 88 (1917-2005)

Birthplace: Iceland

Bergur Sigurbjörnsson (May 20, 1917 – July 28, 2005) was an Icelandic magazine editor and politician. He studied business in the University of Iceland, and later went on to study economics ...more
Orri Páll D&yacut... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 41

Birthplace: Iceland

Orri Páll Dýrason (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈɔrːɪ ˈpʰautl ˈtiːrasɔn]; born on 4 July 1977) is an Icelandic musician. He was previously the drummer for Sigur Rós. He joined ...more
Árni Mathiesen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 60

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Árni M. Mathiesen (born 2 October 1958 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic politician. From September 2005 through 31 January 2009, he was Minister of Finance in Iceland. From 1999–2005 ...more
Rúrik Gísl... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 30

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Rúrik Gíslason (born 25 February 1988) is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a midfielder for SV Sandhausen.
Ólafur Stef&aacut... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 45

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Ólafur Indriði Stefánsson (born 3 July 1973 in Reykjavík, Iceland) is a former Icelandic handball player who, for many years was the captain of the Iceland national ...more
Valdís Ósk... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 69

Birthplace: Akureyri, Iceland

Valdís Óskarsdóttir (born 1950 in Akureyri, Iceland) is an Icelandic film editor whose work includes The Celebration, Les Misérables, Finding Forrester and Eternal ...more
Auður Ava Óla... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Iceland
Age: 61

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

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.