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List of famous writers from Iceland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Iceland is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Icelander writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Iceland and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different writers, including Hannes Hafstein and Einarr Helgason.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Icelander writers?" and "Which writers are from Iceland?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Iceland in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Iceland, but they're all of Iceland descent.

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Arnaldur Indriðason is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Arnaldur Indriðason age 57 Arnaldur Indriðason is an Icelandic writer of crime fiction; most of his books feature the protagonist Detective Erlendur.

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Baltasar Kormákur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Baltasar Kormákur age 52 Baltasar Kormákur Samper is an Icelandic actor, theater and film director, and film producer. He is known professionally as Baltasar Kormákur. He is best known for directing the ...more

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Halldór Laxness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Halldór Laxness Died at 96 (1902-1998) Halldór Kiljan Laxness was a twentieth-century Icelandic writer. Throughout his career Laxness wrote poetry, newspaper articles, plays, travelogues, short stories, and novels. Major ...more

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Friðrik Þór Friðriksson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Friðrik Þór Friðriksson age 64 Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, sometimes credited as Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, is an Icelandic film director. He started his film making career with experimental films and ...more

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Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson age 55 Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson is an Icelandic actor who has worked extensively in Icelandic cinema. He is perhaps best known for his roles in Friðrik Þór Friðriksson's Angels ...more

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Bobby Fischer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Bobby Fischer Died at 65 (1943-2008) Robert James "Bobby" Fischer was an American chess prodigy, grandmaster, and the eleventh World Chess Champion. Many consider him the greatest chess player of all time. At age 13 ...more

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Sjón is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Sjón age 56 Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson, known as Sjón, is an Icelandic poet, novelist, and lyricist. His pen name is an abbreviation of his given name. Sjón frequently collaborates ...more

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Ólafur Elíasson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Ólafur Elíasson age 51 Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s ...more

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Jón Þór Birgisson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Jón Þór Birgisson age 43 Jón Þór "Jónsi" Birgisson is the guitarist and vocalist for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. He is known for his use of a cello bow on guitar ...more

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Dagur Kári is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Dagur Kári age 45 Dagur Kári is an Icelandic film director. He was born in Paris, France to Icelandic parents and returned to Iceland when he was 3 years old. Dagur graduated from the National Film School ...more

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Valdís Óskarsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Valdís Óskarsdóttir age 68 Valdís Óskarsdóttir is a film editor, director and screenwriter.

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Olaf de Fleur Johannesson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Olaf de Fleur Johannesson age 43 Olaf de Fleur is an Icelandic film director, scriptwriter and producer. Born in 1975 in Búðardalur, Iceland, Olaf has been a dedicated filmmaker for over a decade. He founded his own ...more

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Snorri Sturluson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers 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

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Ágúst Guðmundsson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Ágúst Guðmundsson age 71 Ágúst Guðmundsson is an Icelandic film director and screenwriter. He studied French, Icelandic in Reykjavík and filmmaking at the National Film School in London. He has ...more

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Runar Runarsson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Runar Runarsson age 41 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

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Jóhann Jóhannsson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Jóhann Jóhannsson 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

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Kjartan Sveinsson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Kjartan Sveinsson age 40 Kjartan "Kjarri" Sveinsson is former keyboardist for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. He joined the band in 1998. A multi-instrumentalist, he has also played such ...more

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Óskar Jónasson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Óskar Jónasson age 55 Óskar Jónasson is an Icelandic film director and screenwriter. His film Remote Control was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. His most ...more

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Ísold Uggadóttir is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Ísold Uggadóttir Ísold Uggadóttir is a screenwriter, film editor, film director & film producer.

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Þráinn Bertelsson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Þráinn Bertelsson age 74 Þráinn Bertelsson is an Icelandic film director, writer, politician, journalist and newspaper editor. He moved into politics in the wake of the financial crisis in 2008, and was ...more

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Georg Hólm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Georg Hólm age 42 Georg "Goggi" Hólm is the bassist of the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. He is the most prominent member of Sigur Rós in the English press, as he does ...more

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Sólveig Anspach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Sólveig Anspach age 58 Sólveig Anspach is an Icelandic film director and screenwriter living in France. She has directed nine films since 1998. Her film Stormy Weather was screened in the Un Certain Regard ...more

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Jon Gustafsson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Jon Gustafsson age 55 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

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Jørgen Jørgensen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Jørgen Jørgensen Died at 61 (1780-1841) Jørgen Jørgensen was a Danish adventurer during the Age of Revolution. During the Action of 2 March 1808 his ship was captured by the British. In 1809 he sailed to Iceland, ...more

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Einar Már Guðmundsson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Einar Már Guðmundsson age 64 Einar Már Guðmundsson is an Icelandic author of novels, short stories, and poetry. His books have been translated into several languages.

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Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson 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

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Ólafur Egill Egilsson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Ólafur Egill Egilsson age 41 Ólafur Egill Egilsson is an actor and screenwriter.

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Orri Páll Dýrason is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Orri Páll Dýrason age 41 Orri Páll D Rason is a film score composer.

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Ragnar Bragason is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Ragnar Bragason age 47 Ragnar Bragason is an Icelandic film director, screenwriter and producer.

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Róbert Ingi Douglas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Róbert Ingi Douglas age 45 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

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Einar Kárason is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Einar Kárason age 63 Einar Kárason is an Icelandic writer. He has been a full-time writer since 1978. He started his career with poetry in literary magazines from 1978 to 1980. In 1981 he published his first ...more

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Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir age 41 Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir is a musician, visual artist, film director, screenwriter, and cinematographer.

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Hrafn Gunnlaugsson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Hrafn Gunnlaugsson age 70 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

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Gunnar Gunnarsson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Gunnar Gunnarsson Died at 86 (1889-1975) Influential Icelandic author who lived in Denmark for many years before building his house close to his birthplace near Egilsstadir, in Eastern Iceland.

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Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir age 44 Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir is an actress and a film producer.

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Dieter Roth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Dieter Roth Died at 68 (1930-1998) Dieter Roth was a Swiss artist best known for his artist's books, editioned prints, sculptures, and works made of found materials, including rotting food stuffs. He was also known as Dieter Rot ...more

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Arni Asgeirsson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Arni Asgeirsson age 46 Arni Asgeirsson is a film director, screenwriter, and an actor.

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Omar Orn Hauksson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Omar Orn Hauksson age 43 Ómar Örn Hauksson is a film actor, screenwriter, film score composer and composer.

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Andri Snær Magnason is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Andri Snær Magnason age 45 Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer. He has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories, essays and CDs. His work has been published or performed in more than 16 countries. His ...more

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Thor Vilhjálmsson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Thor Vilhjálmsson Died at 86 (1925-2011) Thor Vilhjálmsson was an Icelandic writer. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Over the course of his life Vilhjálmsson wrote novels, plays and poetry and also did translations. In ...more

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Marteinn Thorsson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Marteinn Thorsson Marteinn Thorsson is a film director, film producer, film editor, screenwriter and an actor.

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Guðmundur Kamban is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Guðmundur Kamban Died at 57 (1888-1945) Guðmundur Kamban was an Icelandic playwright and novelist. He was born near Reykjavík, son of a merchant of an old and well known Icelandic family. He graduated from the College of ...more

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Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Yrsa Sigurðardóttir age 55 Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic writer, of both crime-novels and children's fiction. She has been writing since 1998. Her début crime-novel was translated into English by ...more

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Hallgrímur Helgason is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Hallgrímur Helgason age 59 Hallgrímur Helgason is an Icelandic painter, novelist, translator, and columnist.

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Guðný Halldórsdóttir is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Guðný Halldórsdóttir age 64 Guðný Halldórsdottir is a film director and screenwriter.

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Sigvaldi J. Karason is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Sigvaldi J. Karason age 45 Sigvaldi J. Karason is a film editor, producer and TV director.

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Jón Atli Jónasson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Jón Atli Jónasson age 46 Jon Atli Jonason is a screenwriter and an actor.

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Bjarni Jónsson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Bjarni Jónsson age 98 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

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Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson age 65 Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson is a professor of political science at the University of Iceland and a frequent commentator on current affairs in the Icelandic media. He is best known as a ...more

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Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson Died at 70 (1918-1988) Ólafur Jóhann Sigurðsson was an Icelandic novelist, short story writer and poet. His published works include five volumes of short stories, six novels, two short novels, four ...more