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Famous Writers from Iceland

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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
Age: 58

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Contraband, Reykjavík-Rotterdam, Jar City, Voices: A Thriller, Jar City, + more

Arnaldur Indriðason (pronounced [ˈartnaltʏr ˈɪntrɪðasɔn]; born 8 January 1961) 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
Age: 53

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: 101 Reykjavík, Jar City, The Sea, A Little Trip to Heaven, The Deep, + more

Baltasar Kormákur Samper (born 27 February 1966) is an Icelandic actor, theater and film director, and film producer. He is best known for directing the films 101 Reykjavík, ...more
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Halldór Laxness ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Dec. at 96 (1902-1998)

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Independent People, The Atom Station, The Fish Can Sing, Iceland's Bell, The Pigeon Banquet, + more

Halldór Kiljan Laxness (Icelandic: [ˈhaltour ˈcʰɪljan ˈlaxsnɛs] (listen); born Halldór Guðjónsson; 23 April 1902 – 8 February 1998) was an Icelandic writer. He won the ...more
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Friðrik Þ&oacu... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 65

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Movie Days, Cold Fever, Mamma Gógó, Falcons, White Whales, + more

Friðrik Þór Friðriksson (born 12 May 1954; pronounced [ˈfrɪðrɪk ˈθouːr ˈfrɪðrɪxsɔn]), sometimes credited as Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, is an Icelandic film director
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Ingvar Eggert Sigurð... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 56

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Parents

Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈiŋkvar ˈɛcːɛr̥t ˈsɪːɣʏr̥θsɔn]; born 22 November 1963) is an Icelandic actor who has worked extensively in Icelandic cinema. He is ...more
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Bobby Fischer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Dec. at 65 (1943-2008)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: Iceland, United States of America, Germany

Works: Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, My 60 Memorable Games, The games of Robert J. Fischer, Games of chess, Chess games, + more

Robert James Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess grandmaster and the eleventh World Chess Champion. Many consider him to be the greatest chess player of all ...more

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Sjón is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 57

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Anna and the Moods, The Blue Fox

Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson (born 27 August 1962), known as Sjón ( SYOHN), is an Icelandic poet, novelist, and lyricist. His pen name (meaning "sight") is an ...more
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Ólafur Elí... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 52

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Nationality: Iceland, Denmark

Olafur Eliasson (Icelandic: Ólafur Elíasson; born 1967) is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as ...more
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Jón Þ&oacut... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 44

Birthplace: Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Inni

Jón Þór "Jónsi" Birgisson (pronounced [ˈjouːn ˈθouːr ˈpɪrcɪsɔːn, ˈjounsɪ] (listen); born 23 April 1975) is an Icelandic musician; he is the vocalist and ...more

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Dagur Kári is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 46

Birthplace: Paris, France

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Noi the Albino, The Good Heart, Dark Horse

Dagur Kári (born Dagur Kári Pétursson; 12 December 1973) is an Icelandic film director. He was born in Paris, France, to Icelandic parents, and returned to Iceland when he ...more
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Valdís Ósk... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 69

Birthplace: Akureyri, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Country Wedding, King's Road

Valdís Óskarsdóttir (born 1950 in Akureyri, Iceland) is an Icelandic film editor whose work includes The Celebration, Les Misérables, Finding Forrester and Eternal ...more
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Olaf de Fleur Johannesso... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 44

Birthplace: Búðardalur, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela, The Higher Force, Africa United

Olaf de Fleur (real name: Ólafur Jóhannesson born 1975) is an Icelandic film director, scriptwriter and producer.
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Snorri Sturluson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Dec. at 62 (1179-1241)

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

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Heimskringla, Gylfaginning, Háttatal, Skáldskaparmál, Harald the Ruthless, + more

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
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Ágúst Gu&e... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 72

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: The Seagull's Laughter, Outlaw: The Saga of Gisli, Land and Sons, Spooks and Spirits

Ágúst Guðmundsson (born 29 June 1947) is an Icelandic film director and screenwriter. He studied French, Icelandic in Reykjavík and filmmaking at the National Film ...more
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Runar Runarsson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 42

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Volcano, 2 Birds, The Last Farm

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 Jóh... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 50

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: The Miners' Hymns

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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Kjartan Sveinsson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 41

Birthplace: Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Inni

Kjartan "Kjarri" Sveinsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈcʰar̥tan ˈsveinsɔn]; born 2 January 1978) is former keyboardist for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. He joined the ...more
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Óskar Jóna... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 56

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Contraband, Reykjavík-Rotterdam, Legends of Valhalla: Thor, Remote Control

Óskar Jónasson (born 30 June 1963) is an Icelandic film director and screenwriter. His film Remote Control was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1993 Cannes Film ...more
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Ísold Uggad&oacut... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Committed, Revolution Reykjavik, Family Reunion, Clean

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Þráinn Bert... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 75

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Nýtt líf

Þráinn Bertelsson (born 30 November 1944) is an Icelandic film director, writer, politician, journalist and newspaper editor. He moved into politics in the wake of the financial ...more
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Georg Hólm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 43

Birthplace: Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Inni

Georg "Goggi" Holm (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈcɛːɔrk ˈhoulm]; born 6 April 1976) is the bassist of the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. He is the most prominent member of ...more
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Jon Gustafsson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 56

Birthplace: Akranes, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Wrath of Gods, The Importance of Being Icelandic

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
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Jørgen Jør... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Dec. at 61 (1780-1841)

Birthplace: Denmark, Eurasia, Copenhagen

Nationality: Iceland, Denmark

Works: The convict king

Jørgen Jørgensen (name of birth: Jürgensen, and changed to Jorgenson from 1817) (29 March 1780 – 20 January 1841) was a Danish adventurer during the Age of Revolution. During ...more
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Einar Már Guð... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 65

Birthplace: Europe, Iceland, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Reykjavik, + more

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Angels of the Universe, Movie Days, Angels of the universe

Einar Már Guðmundsson (born 18 September 1954 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic author of novels, short stories, and poetry. His books have been translated into several languages.
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Ólafur Jóh... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Iceland
Age: 57

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Nationality: Iceland

Works: Walking into the Night, The Journey Home, Absolution, Restoration, Valentines

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