Find out more about the greatest Icelanders, including Bobby Fischer, Leif Erikson, Erik the Red, Bjork and Bjarni Tryggvason.

The Republic of Iceland, despite being a small nation with a population of just over 320 thousand has produced a number of famous people who have made the nation proud on the international scenario. Icelandic literature is popular and Einar Benediktsson, an early proponent of Neo-romanticism is generally acknowledged as one of the great figures of the "Golden Age" in poetry. Literature thrived in the 20th century and writer Halldór Laxness went on to win the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature. In the field of visual arts, Þórarinn Benedikt Þorláksson was one of Iceland's first contemporary painters, the first Icelander to exhibit paintings in Iceland. Other notable artists include Einar Hákonarson and Ásgrímur Jónsson. The nation is also known for its rich musical heritage which includes vibrant folk and pop traditions. Some of its popular singers are Bubbi Morthens, Megas and Björgvin Halldórsson, while Björk Guðmundsdóttir is probably the most famous Icelander of them all. Famous for being one of the top three countries in the world for women to live in, Iceland was the first country in the world to have a political party formed and led entirely by women. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Icelanders.
Stefán Karl StefánssonStefán Karl Stefánsson
(Actor)

10 July 1975

Bobby FischerBobby Fischer
(Chess Grandmaster)

09 March 1943

Leif EriksonLeif Erikson
(First European to reach North America)

0970 AD

Erik the RedErik the Red
(First permanent European settler in Greenland)

0950 AD

BjorkBjork
(Icelandic singer-songwriter)

21 November 1965

Bjarni TryggvasonBjarni Tryggvason
(Astronaut)

21 September 1945

Einar JónssonEinar Jónsson
(Icelandic sculptor)

11 May 1874

Gylfi SigurðssonGylfi Sigurðsson
(Association football player)

08 September 1989

Alfreð FinnbogasonAlfreð Finnbogason
(Icelandic footballer)

01 February 1989

Aron GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson
(Association football player)

22 April 1989

Eiður GuðjohnsenEiður Guðjohnsen
(Icelandic footballer)

15 September 1978

Birkir BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
(Association football player)

27 May 1988

Ragnar SigurðssonRagnar Sigurðsson
(association football player)

19 June 1986

Jóhann Berg GuðmundssonJóhann Berg Guðmundsson
(Icelandic footballer)

27 October 1990

Hörður Björgvin MagnússonHörður Björgvin Magnússon
(Icelandic footballer)

11 February 1993

Björn Bergmann SigurðarsonBjörn Bergmann Sigurðarson
(Icelandic footballer)

26 February 1991

Jón Daði BöðvarssonJón Daði Böðvarsson
(Icelandic footballer)

25 May 1992

Emil HallfreðssonEmil Hallfreðsson
(Association football player)

29 June 1984

Kolbeinn SigþórssonKolbeinn Sigþórsson
(Icelandic footballer)

14 March 1990

Jóhanna SigurðardóttirJóhanna Sigurðardóttir
(Former Prime Minister of Iceland)

04 October 1942

Snorri SturlusonSnorri Sturluson
(Historian)

1179 AD

Magnús Ver MagnússonMagnús Ver Magnússon
(Sportsperson, Powerlifter)

22 April 1963

Nanna Bryndís HilmarsdóttirNanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir
(Musician, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter)

06 May 1989

Aron JóhannssonAron Jóhannsson
(Association football player)

10 November 1990

Arnór Ingvi TraustasonArnór Ingvi Traustason
(Icelandic footballer)

30 April 1993

Emilíana TorriniEmilíana Torrini
(Singer, Songwriter)

16 May 1977

Hermann HreiðarssonHermann Hreiðarsson
(Association football player, Association football manager)

11 July 1974

Vladimir AshkenazyVladimir Ashkenazy
(Pianist, Conductor, Composer)

06 July 1937

Vigdís FinnbogadóttirVigdís Finnbogadóttir
(President)

15 April 1930

Halldór LaxnessHalldór Laxness
(Icelandic writer)

23 April 1902

Arnaldur IndriðasonArnaldur Indriðason
(Writer)

28 January 1961

Guðjón BaldvinssonGuðjón Baldvinsson
(Icelandic footballer)

15 February 1986

Benedikt MagnússonBenedikt Magnússon
(strongman, powerlifter)

06 April 1983

Sveinn BjörnssonSveinn Björnsson
(President)

27 February 1881

Kjartan SveinssonKjartan Sveinsson
(Musician, Banjoist)

02 January 1978

Geir HaardeGeir Haarde
(Former Prime Minister of Iceland)

08 April 1951

Davíð OddssonDavíð Oddsson
(Former Prime Minister of Iceland)

17 January 1948

Kristján EldjárnKristján Eldjárn
(President)

06 December 1916

Hera BjörkHera Björk
(singer)

29 March 1972

Olof ArnaldsOlof Arnalds

1980 AD

Ásgeir ÁsgeirssonÁsgeir Ásgeirsson
(Former President of Iceland)

13 May 1894

Halldór ÁsgrímssonHalldór Ásgrímsson
(Prime Minister)

08 September 1947

Ólafur ArnaldsÓlafur Arnalds
(Musician, Banjoist, Composer, Record producer)

03 November 1986

Ólafur Ragnar GrímssonÓlafur Ragnar Grímsson
(President)

14 May 1943

Viðar Örn KjartanssonViðar Örn Kjartansson
(Footballer)

11 March 1990