Famous Icelander Men

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Bobby Fischer
(Chess Grandmaster)

Bobby Fischer
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Birthdate: March 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 18, 2008

Bobby Fischer began as a chess prodigy in his teens and went on to become the youngest "grandmaster," at 15. His participation in a politically controversial match in Yugoslavia led to the revocation of his U.S. passport and his arrest. He spent the final years of his life in Iceland.

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Leif Erikson
(First European to reach North America)

Leif Erikson
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Birthdate: 0970 AD
Birthplace: Iceland
Died: 1020 AD

Leif Erikson was a Norse explorer widely believed to have been one of the earliest Europeans to have set foot on North America, at least 500 years before Christopher Columbus. He is also credited with establishing a Norse settlement at coastal North America, as told in the sagas of Icelanders. He has been portrayed in films like The Viking (1928).

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Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
(First and Only Person to Have Won The 'Arnold Strongman Classic'Former Title-Holder of World's Strongest Man - Considered as One of the Greatest Strongman in History)

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
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Birthdate: November 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is an Icelandic actor and former professional strongman. He inspired a number of Icelandic strongmen by becoming the first person to win the World's Strongest Man, Europe's Strongest Man, and Arnold Strongman Classic in the same calendar year. His popularity as a strongman earned him the role of Gregor Clegane in the popular series Game of Thrones.

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Stefán Karl Stefánsson
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Birthdate: July 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Died: August 21, 2018

Stefán Karl Stefánsson was an Icelandic singer and actor. He is remembered for playing Robbie Rotten in the popular children's television series, LazyTown. In June 2018, he was honored with the Order of the Falcon. In August 2018, Stefán Karl died of cancer. The launch of a performing arts academy in his honor was announced after his death.

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Daði Freyr
(Musician)

Daði Freyr
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Birthdate: June 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

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Jon Pall Sigmarsson
(One of the Greatest Strongmen of All Time)

Jon Pall Sigmarsson
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Birthdate: April 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
Died: January 16, 1993
The first person to win the World’s Strongest Man title four times, Icelandic bodybuilder Jon Pall Sigmarsson is remembered for his Herculean strength and his crowd-pulling aggression. He called himself a Viking and would chant at the audience mid-performance. He died of a heart attack while deadlifting in his gym.

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Gunnar Nelson
(Mixed martial artist)

Gunnar Nelson
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Birthdate: July 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Akureyri, Iceland
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Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
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Birthdate: March 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Connecticut, USA

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Magnús Ver Magnússon
(Former powerlifter and strongman)

Magnús Ver Magnússon
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Birthdate: April 23, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Egilsstaðir, Iceland

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Magnús Scheving
(Creator of the Children's Television Series ‘LazyTown’)

Magnús Scheving
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Birthdate: November 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Borgarnes, Iceland

Magnús Scheving is best known as the creator of the BAFTA-winning children’s series Lazy Town, which has its roots in Scheving’s first book and centers around children’s fitness. The Icelandic aerobic gymnastic champion is also a motivational speaker and has previously been a fitness trainer at a school.

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Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson
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Birthdate: February 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hafnarfjordur, Iceland

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Snorri Sturluson
(Historian, Poet, and Politician)

Snorri Sturluson
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Birthdate: 1179 AD
Birthplace: Dalasýsla, Iceland
Died: September 22, 1241

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Ólafur Arnalds
(Musician)

Ólafur Arnalds
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Birthdate: November 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mosfellsbær, Iceland

BAFTA-winning Irish multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds is known for his innovative experiments with electronic music. A trained drummer and pianist, he uses his customized software to mingle classical and modern notes. He is also known for his collaborative initiatives, such as his work with the techno duo Kiasmos.

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Tómas Lemarquis
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Birthdate: August 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

Eysteinn Sigurðarson
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

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Alfreð Finnbogason
(Icelandic footballer)

Alfreð Finnbogason
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Birthdate: February 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grindavík, Iceland

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Thorfinn Karlsefni
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Birthdate: 0980 AD
Birthplace: Iceland

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Magnus Magnusson
(Journalist)

Magnus Magnusson
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Birthdate: October 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Kingdom of Iceland
Died: January 7, 2007

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Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
(Icelandic footballer)

Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
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Birthdate: March 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

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Baltasar Kormakur
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Birthdate: February 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

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Aron Jóhannsson
(Association football player)

Aron Jóhannsson
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Birthdate: November 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mobile

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Olafur Eliasson
(Artist known for sculptured and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer's experience)

Olafur Eliasson
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Birthdate: February 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Olafur Eliasson is an Icelandic-Danish artist. He is famous for his sculptured and large-scale installation art. He established Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin in 1995 and co-founded Studio Other Spaces in 2014. He represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. He was a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts for many years. 

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Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
(Icelandic footballer)

Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
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Birthdate: October 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reykjavik

Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
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Birthdate: December 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

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Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
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Birthdate: May 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ísafjörður

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Ragnar Sigurðsson
(association football player)

Ragnar Sigurðsson
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Birthdate: June 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Reykjavik

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Benedikt Magnússon
(strongman, powerlifter)

Benedikt Magnússon
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Birthdate: April 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Iceland

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Jón Daði Böðvarsson
(Icelandic footballer)

Jón Daði Böðvarsson
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Birthdate: May 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Selfoss, Iceland

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Eiður Guðjohnsen
(Icelandic footballer)

Eiður Guðjohnsen
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Birthdate: September 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavik

Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson
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Birthdate: November 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

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Halldór Laxness
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Birthdate: April 23, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
Died: February 8, 1998

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Sjón
(Poet)

Sjón
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Birthdate: August 27, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

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Heimir Hallgrímsson
(Association football player, Association football manager)

Heimir Hallgrímsson
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Birthdate: June 10, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

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Gylfi Sigurðsson
(Football Player)

Gylfi Sigurðsson
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Birthdate: September 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hafnarfjörður

Gylfi Sigurðsson is an Icelandic football player who plays for the Iceland national team and Premier League club Everton. He helped the Iceland national team reach the quarter-finals at UEFA Euro 2016, the team's first major tournament. He also represented the country at their first-ever FIFA World Cup in the year 2018. 

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Jón Gnarr
(Actor)

Jón Gnarr
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Birthdate: January 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

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Jóhann Jóhannsson
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Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland
Died: February 9, 2018

Egill Skallagrímsson
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Birthdate: 0910 AD
Birthplace: Borg á Mýrum, Borgarnes, Iceland
Died: 0990 AD

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Arnaldur Indriðason
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Birthdate: January 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Reykjavik

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Ragnar Þórhallsson
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Birthdate: March 6, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Garðabær, Iceland

Gísli Örn Garðarsson
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Birthdate: December 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Iceland

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Ásgeir Trausti
(Singer-songwriter)

Ásgeir Trausti
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Birthdate: July 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Laugarbakki, Iceland

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Ari Eldjárn
(Comedian)

Ari Eldjárn
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Birthdate: September 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

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Aron Gunnarsson
(Association football player)

Aron Gunnarsson
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Birthdate: April 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akureyri, Iceland

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Emil Hallfreðsson
(Association football player)

Emil Hallfreðsson
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Birthdate: June 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hafnarfjörður

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Atli Örvarsson
(Composer)

Atli Örvarsson
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Birthdate: July 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Akureyri, Iceland

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Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson
(Investor, Entrepreneur and Banker)

Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson
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Birthdate: March 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

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Orri Páll Dýrason
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Birthdate: July 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Iceland

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Arnór Ingvi Traustason
(Icelandic footballer)

Arnór Ingvi Traustason
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Birthdate: April 30, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Keflavík

Eyþór Guðjónsson
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Birthdate: February 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Iceland

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Jónsi
(Musician)

Jónsi
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Birthdate: April 23, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland