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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

    Snorri Sturluson

    Dec. at 62 (1179-1241)

    BirthplaceEurope, Iceland, Northern Europe, Eurasia, Nordic countries

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

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[jou̯ːhana ˈsɪːɣʏrðartou̯htɪr]; born 4...  more
  • BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

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

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Davíð Þór Viðarsson (born 24 April 1984) is an Icelandic footballer who currently plays as a...  more
  • BirthplaceAkureyri, Iceland

    Jón Jósep Snæbjörnsson or Jónsi (born 1 June 1977) is an Icelandic singer and member of the...  more
  • BirthplaceIceland

    Sha-ri Pendleton (born 5 December 1963) is a former world class hurdler, javelin thrower, and...  more
  • Davíð Oddsson

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Davíð Oddsson (pronounced [ˈtaːvið ˈɔtːsɔn]; born 17 January 1948) is an Icelandic politician,...  more
  • Steingrímur Hermannsson

    Dec. at 82 (1928-2010)

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Steingrímur Hermannsson (pronounced [ˈsteinkrimur ˈhɛrmanˌsɔn]; 22 June 1928 – 1 February...  more
  • Magnús Ver Magnússon

    Magnús Ver Magnússon

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceEgilsstaðir, Iceland

    Magnús Ver Magnússon (born 22 April 1963) is an Icelandic former powerlifter and strongman...  more
  • Eiður Guðjohnsen

    Eiður Guðjohnsen

    Age: 42

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen (spelt Eidur Gudjohnsen in English sources; born 15 September 1978) is...  more


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  • Jon Gustafsson

    BirthplaceAkranes, Iceland

    Jon Gustafsson is an Iceland born film director and photographer. The Icelandic spelling of...  more
  • Magnus Magnusson

    Magnus Magnusson

    Dec. at 78 (1929-2007)

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Magnus Magnusson, KBE ([ˈmaknus ˈmaknusɔn]; born Magnús Sigursteinsson; 12 October 1929 – 7...  more
  • BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Skúli Sverrisson is an Icelandic composer and bassist residing in New York City. Over the past...  more
  • Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson (Icelandic: [ˈhɪlmar ˈœr̥tn̥ ˈhɪlmarsɔn] (listen); born 23 April 1958),...  more
  • Sturla Gunnarsson

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Sturla Gunnarsson (born August 30, 1951) is an Icelandic-Canadian film and television director...  more
  • Bubbi Morthens

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Bubbi Morthens (born 6 June 1956) is an Icelandic singer and songwriter.Born Ásbjörn...  more
  • BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Jóhann Gunnar Jóhannsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈjouːhan ˈjouːhansɔn]; 19 September 1969...  more
  • Atli Örvarsson

    BirthplaceAkureyri, Iceland

    Atli Örvarsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈahtlɪ ˈœrvarsɔn]; born 7 July 1970) is an...  more
  • Bergur Sigurbjörnsson

    Dec. at 88 (1917-2005)


    Bergur Sigurbjörnsson (May 20, 1917 – July 28, 2005) was an Icelandic magazine editor and...  more
  • Orri Páll Dýrason


    Orri Páll Dýrason (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈɔrːɪ ˈpʰautl ˈtiːrasɔn]; born on 4 July 1977)...  more
  • BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Árni M. Mathiesen (born 2 October 1958 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic politician. From...  more
  • Rúrik Gíslason

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Rúrik Gíslason (born 25 February 1988) is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a midfielder...  more
  • Ólafur Stefánsson

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Ólafur Indriði Stefánsson (born 3 July 1973 in Reykjavík, Iceland) is a former Icelandic...  more
  • Valdís Óskarsdóttir

    BirthplaceAkureyri, Iceland

    Valdís Óskarsdóttir (born 1950 in Akureyri, Iceland) is an Icelandic film editor whose work...  more
  • BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir is an Icelandic writer. She works as an assistant professor of Art...  more