Find out more about the greatest Icelander, 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.
Bobby FischerBobby Fischer
(Chess Grandmaster)

09 March 1943

17 January 2008

Chicago, Illinois

Pisces

Leif EriksonLeif Erikson
(First European to reach North America)

0970 AD

1020 AD

Iceland

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

0950 AD

1003 AD

Norway

BjorkBjork
(Icelandic singer-songwriter)

21 November 1965

Reykjavik

Scorpio

Bjarni TryggvasonBjarni Tryggvason
(Astronaut)

21 September 1945

Reykjavik

Virgo

Einar JónssonEinar Jónsson
(Icelandic sculptor)

11 May 1874

18 October 1954

Iceland

Taurus

Eiður GuðjohnsenEiður Guðjohnsen
(Icelandic footballer)

15 September 1978

Reykjavik

Virgo

Gylfi SigurðssonGylfi Sigurðsson
(Association football player)

08 September 1989

Hafnarfjörður

Virgo

Magnús Ver MagnússonMagnús Ver Magnússon
(Sportsperson, Powerlifter)

22 April 1963

Egilsstaðir

Taurus

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

06 May 1989

Garður

Taurus

Jóhann Berg GuðmundssonJóhann Berg Guðmundsson
(Icelandic footballer)

27 October 1990

Reykjavik

Scorpio

Aron GunnarssonAron Gunnarsson
(Association football player)

22 April 1989

Akureyri

Taurus

Guðjón BaldvinssonGuðjón Baldvinsson
(Icelandic footballer)

15 February 1986

Garðabær

Aquarius

Alfreð FinnbogasonAlfreð Finnbogason
(Icelandic footballer)

01 February 1989

Grindavík, Iceland

Aquarius

Vladimir AshkenazyVladimir Ashkenazy
(Pianist, Conductor, Composer)

06 July 1937

Nizhny Novgorod

Cancer

Emilíana TorriniEmilíana Torrini
(Singer, Songwriter)

16 May 1977

Kópavogur

Taurus

Aron JóhannssonAron Jóhannsson
(Association football player)

10 November 1990

Mobile

Scorpio

Birkir BjarnasonBirkir Bjarnason
(Association football player)

27 May 1988

Akureyri

Gemini

Vigdís FinnbogadóttirVigdís Finnbogadóttir
(President)

15 April 1930

Reykjavik

Aries

Kolbeinn SigþórssonKolbeinn Sigþórsson
(Icelandic footballer)

14 March 1990

Reykjavik, Iceland

Pisces

Benedikt MagnússonBenedikt Magnússon
(strongman, powerlifter)

06 April 1983

Iceland

Aries

Arnaldur IndriðasonArnaldur Indriðason
(Writer)

28 January 1961

Reykjavik

Aquarius

Halldór LaxnessHalldór Laxness
(Icelandic writer)

23 April 1902

08 February 1998

Reykjavik

Taurus

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

11 July 1974

Reykjavík

Cancer

Ragnar SigurðssonRagnar Sigurðsson
(association football player)

19 June 1986

Reykjavik

Gemini

Jón Daði BöðvarssonJón Daði Böðvarsson
(Icelandic footballer)

25 May 1992

Selfoss, Iceland

Gemini

Björn Bergmann SigurðarsonBjörn Bergmann Sigurðarson
(Icelandic footballer)

26 February 1991

Akranes, Iceland

Pisces

Hörður Björgvin MagnússonHörður Björgvin Magnússon
(Icelandic footballer)

11 February 1993

Reykjavik

Aquarius

Emil HallfreðssonEmil Hallfreðsson
(Association football player)

29 June 1984

Hafnarfjörður

Cancer

Arnór Ingvi TraustasonArnór Ingvi Traustason
(Icelandic footballer)

30 April 1993

Keflavík

Taurus

Kjartan SveinssonKjartan Sveinsson
(Musician, Banjoist)

02 January 1978

Iceland

Capricorn

Geir HaardeGeir Haarde
(Former Prime Minister of Iceland)

08 April 1951

Reykjavik

Aries

Sveinn BjörnssonSveinn Björnsson
(President)

27 February 1881

25 January 1952

Copenhagen

Pisces

Davíð OddssonDavíð Oddsson
(Former Prime Minister of Iceland)

17 January 1948

Reykjavik

Capricorn

Kristján EldjárnKristján Eldjárn
(President)

06 December 1916

13 September 1982

Tjörn í Svarfaðardal

Sagittarius

Olof ArnaldsOlof Arnalds

1980 AD

Ásgeir ÁsgeirssonÁsgeir Ásgeirsson
(Former President of Iceland)

13 May 1894

15 September 1972

Kóranesi á Mýrum

Taurus

Halldór ÁsgrímssonHalldór Ásgrímsson
(Prime Minister)

08 September 1947

18 May 2015

Reykjavik

Virgo

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

03 November 1986

Mosfellsbær

Scorpio

Ólafur Ragnar GrímssonÓlafur Ragnar Grímsson
(President)

14 May 1943

Ísafjörður

Taurus

Viðar Örn KjartanssonViðar Örn Kjartansson
(Footballer)

11 March 1990

Selfoss

Pisces