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Famous Writers from Iceland

Updated June 8, 2017 7.0k views147 items

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 Indriðason1

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksContraband, Reykjavík-Rotterdam, Jar City, Voices: A Thriller, Jar City

    Arnaldur Indriðason (pronounced [ˈartnaltʏr ˈɪntrɪðasɔn]; born 8 January 1961) is an...  more
  • Baltasar Kormákur2

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    NationalityIceland

    Works101 Reykjavík, Jar City, The Sea, A Little Trip to Heaven, The Deep

    Baltasar Kormákur Samper (born 27 February 1966) is an Icelandic actor, theater and film...  more
  • Halldór Laxness3

    Halldór Laxness

    Dec. at 96 (1902-1998)

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksIndependent People, The Atom Station, The Fish Can Sing, Iceland's Bell, The Pigeon Banquet

    Halldór Kiljan Laxness (Icelandic: [ˈhaltour ˈcʰɪljan ˈlaxsnɛs] (listen); born Halldór...  more
  • Friðrik Þór Friðriksson4

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksMovie Days, Cold Fever, Mamma Gógó, Falcons, White Whales

    Friðrik Þór Friðriksson (born 12 May 1954; pronounced [ˈfrɪðrɪk ˈθouːr ˈfrɪðrɪxsɔn]),...  more
  • Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson5

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksParents

    Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈiŋkvar ˈɛcːɛr̥t ˈsɪːɣʏr̥θsɔn]; born 22...  more
  • Bobby Fischer6

    Bobby Fischer

    Dec. at 65 (1943-2008)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    NationalityIceland, United States of America, Germany

    WorksBobby Fischer Teaches Chess, My 60 Memorable Games, The games of Robert J. Fischer, Games of chess, Chess games

    Robert James Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess grandmaster and...  more

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  • Sjón7

    Sjón

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksAnna and the Moods, The Blue Fox

    Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson (born 27 August 1962), known as Sjón ( SYOHN), is an Icelandic...  more
  • Ólafur Elíasson8

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    NationalityIceland, Denmark

    Olafur Eliasson (Icelandic: Ólafur Elíasson; born 1967) is a Danish-Icelandic artist known...  more
  • Jón Þór Birgisson9

    BirthplaceIceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksInni

    Jón Þór "Jónsi" Birgisson (pronounced [ˈjouːn ˈθouːr ˈpɪrcɪsɔːn, ˈjounsɪ] (listen); born 23...  more

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  • Dagur Kári10

    BirthplaceParis, France

    NationalityIceland

    WorksNoi the Albino, The Good Heart, Dark Horse

    Dagur Kári (born Dagur Kári Pétursson; 12 December 1973) is an Icelandic film director. He was...  more
  • Valdís Óskarsdóttir11

    BirthplaceAkureyri, Iceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksCountry Wedding, King's Road

    Valdís Óskarsdóttir (born 1950 in Akureyri, Iceland) is an Icelandic film editor whose work...  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceBúðardalur, Iceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksThe Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela, The Higher Force, Africa United

    Olaf de Fleur (real name: Ólafur Jóhannesson born 1975) is an Icelandic film director,...  more
  • Snorri Sturluson13

    Snorri Sturluson

    Dec. at 62 (1179-1241)

    BirthplaceEurope, Iceland, Northern Europe, Eurasia, Nordic countries

    NationalityIceland

    WorksHeimskringla, Gylfaginning, Háttatal, Skáldskaparmál, Harald the Ruthless

    Snorri Sturluson (Icelandic: [ˈsnɔrːɪ ˈstʏrtlʏsɔn]; 1179 – 23 September 1241) was an Icelandic...  more
  • 14

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksThe 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...  more
  • Runar Runarsson15

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksVolcano, 2 Birds, The Last Farm

    Rúnar Rúnarsson is an Icelandic screenwriter and director. Films for which he is credited as...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksThe Miners' Hymns

    Jóhann Gunnar Jóhannsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈjouːhan ˈjouːhansɔn]; 19 September 1969...  more
  • Kjartan Sveinsson17

    BirthplaceIceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksInni

    Kjartan "Kjarri" Sveinsson (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈcʰar̥tan ˈsveinsɔn]; born 2 January...  more
  • Óskar Jónasson18

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksContraband, Reykjavík-Rotterdam, Legends of Valhalla: Thor, Remote Control

    Óskar Jónasson (born 30 June 1963) is an Icelandic film director and screenwriter. His film...  more
  • Ísold Uggadóttir19
    Ísold Uggadóttir is a screenwriter, film editor, film director & film producer....  more
  • Þráinn Bertelsson20

    NationalityIceland

    WorksNýtt líf

    Þráinn Bertelsson (born 30 November 1944) is an Icelandic film director, writer, politician,...  more
  • Georg Hólm21

    BirthplaceIceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksInni

    Georg "Goggi" Holm (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈcɛːɔrk ˈhoulm]; born 6 April 1976) is the...  more
  • Jon Gustafsson22

    BirthplaceAkranes, Iceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksWrath of Gods, The Importance of Being Icelandic

    Jon Gustafsson is an Iceland born film director and photographer. The Icelandic spelling of...  more
  • Jørgen Jørgensen23

    Jørgen Jørgensen

    Dec. at 61 (1780-1841)

    BirthplaceDenmark, Eurasia, Copenhagen

    NationalityIceland, Denmark

    WorksThe convict king

    Jørgen Jørgensen (name of birth: Jürgensen, and changed to Jorgenson from 1817) (29 March 1780...  more
  • Einar Már Guðmundsson24

    BirthplaceEurope, Iceland, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Reykjavik

    NationalityIceland

    WorksAngels of the Universe, Movie Days, Angels of the universe

    Einar Már Guðmundsson (born 18 September 1954 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic author of novels,...  more
  • 25

    BirthplaceReykjavik, Iceland

    NationalityIceland

    WorksWalking into the Night, The Journey Home, Absolution, Restoration, Valentines

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