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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
Dec. 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
age 76
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
age 56
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 34
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
age 41
Jónsi is a singer and a film score composer.

Sha-ri Pendleton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Iceland
age 56
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
age 71
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
Dec. 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 55
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
age 40
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
age 56
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
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
age 52
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
age 60
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, also known as HÖH, is a musician, an art director, and allsherjargoði of Ásatrúarfélagið. Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson was a pioneer ...more

Sturla Gunnarsson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Iceland
age 68
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
age 62
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
age 49
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
age 48
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
Dec. 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
age 41
Orri Páll D Rason is a film score composer.

Árni Mathiesen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Iceland
age 60
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

Rúrik Gíslason is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Iceland
age 30
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
age 45
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
age 69
Valdís Óskarsdóttir is a film editor, director and screenwriter.

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Iceland
age 61
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.