Famous Icelander Men

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 1 Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer.
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Famous As: Chess Grandmaster
Birthdate: March 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 17, 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.

 2 Leif Erikson

Leif Erikson.
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Famous As: First European to reach North America
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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 3 Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson.
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Famous As: Strongman
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.

 4 Stefán Karl Stefánsson

Stefán Karl Stefánsson.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hafnarfjörður
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.

 5 Erik the Red

Erik the Red.
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Famous As: First permanent European settler in Greenland
Birthdate: 0950 AD
Birthplace: Norway
Died: 1003 AD
Tenth-century Norse explorer Erik Thorvaldsson, also known as Erik the Red for his red beard and hair, is a prominent figure in Icelandic legends. He was the founder of the first settlement in Greenland. Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson, the first Viking to explore Vinland, was one of Erik's sons.

 6 Daði Freyr

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

 7 Gunnar Nelson

Gunnar Nelson
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: July 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Akureyri, Iceland
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 8 Jóhann Jóhannsson

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

 9 Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Connecticut, USA

 10 Magnús Scheving

Magnús Scheving.
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Famous As: Writer
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.

 11 Jon Pall Sigmarsson

Jon Pall Sigmarsson.
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Famous As: Strongman
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.

 12 Magnús Ver Magnússon

Magnús Ver Magnússon
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Famous As: Sportsperson, Powerlifter
Birthdate: April 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Egilsstaðir

 13 Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson

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

 14 Tómas Lemarquis

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

 15 Aron Gunnarsson

Aron Gunnarsson
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akureyri

 16 Ólafur Arnalds

Ólafur Arnalds.
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Famous As: Musician
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.

 17 Alfreð Finnbogason

Alfreð Finnbogason
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Famous As: Icelandic footballer
Birthdate: February 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grindavík, Iceland

 18 Snorri Sturluson

Snorri Sturluson
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: 1179 AD
Birthplace: Iceland

 19 Vladimir Ashkenazy

Vladimir Ashkenazy
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Famous As: Pianist, Conductor, Composer
Birthdate: July 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod

 20 Jónsi

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

 21 Kolbeinn Sigþórsson

Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
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Famous As: Icelandic footballer
Birthdate: March 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

 22 Baltasar Kormakur

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

 23 Thorfinn Karlsefni

Thorfinn Karlsefni
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: 0980 AD
Birthplace: Iceland

 24 Aron Jóhannsson

Aron Jóhannsson
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mobile

 25 Magnus Magnusson

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

 26 Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson

Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson
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Famous As: Icelandic footballer
Birthdate: October 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reykjavik

 27 Ragnar Sigurðsson

Ragnar Sigurðsson
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Famous As: association football player
Birthdate: June 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Reykjavik

 28 Björn Hlynur Haraldsson

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

 29 Benedikt Magnússon

Benedikt Magnússon
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Famous As: strongman, powerlifter
Birthdate: April 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Iceland

 30 Jón Daði Böðvarsson

Jón Daði Böðvarsson
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Famous As: Icelandic footballer
Birthdate: May 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Selfoss, Iceland

 31 Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

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

 32 Jón Gnarr

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

 33 Egill Skallagrímsson

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

 34 Arnaldur Indriðason

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

 35 Ragnar Þórhallsson

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

 36 Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson

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

 37 Gylfi Sigurðsson

Gylfi Sigurðsson.
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Famous As: Football Player
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. 

 38 Hörður Björgvin Magnússon

Hörður Björgvin Magnússon
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Famous As: Icelandic footballer
Birthdate: February 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Reykjavik

 39 Eiður Guðjohnsen

Eiður Guðjohnsen
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Famous As: Icelandic footballer
Birthdate: September 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjavik

 40 Halldór Laxness

Halldór Laxness
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Famous As: Icelandic writer
Birthdate: April 23, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reykjavik
Died: February 8, 1998

 41 Eysteinn Sigurðarson

Eysteinn Sigurðarson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 42 Gísli Örn Garðarsson

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

 43 Hermann Hreiðarsson

Hermann Hreiðarsson
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Reykjavík

 44 Viðar Örn Kjartansson

Viðar Örn Kjartansson
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Selfoss

 45 Ásgeir Trausti

Ásgeir Trausti
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Laugarbakki, Iceland

 46 Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson

Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson
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Famous As: Icelandic footballer
Birthdate: February 26, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Akranes, Iceland

 47 Stony Blyden

Stony Blyden
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reykjavík, Iceland

 48 Emil Hallfreðsson

Emil Hallfreðsson
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hafnarfjörður

 49 Ari Eldjárn

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

 50 Sjón

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