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Famous people from Iceland

Here is a list of famous people from Iceland. Curious if anybody from Iceland made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Eiður Guðjohnsen

Soccer

Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen is an Icelandic footballer who currently plays for Club Brugge. He has previously played for Premier League club Chelsea and FC Barcelona of Spain, having made his name with Bolton Wanderers. He was the captain of the Iceland national team until manager Ólafur Jóhannesson took over the team. Throughout his professional career, Guðjohnsen has scored 167 goals in all competitions with his clubs and the national team. He is the son of Arnór Guðjohnsen, a former professional footballer. He is often considered to be one of the greatest Icelandic footballers, having won titles in the Netherlands, Spain, and England as well as the Champions League.

Leif Ericson

Conquistador

Leif Ericson was a Norse explorer regarded as the first European to land in North America, nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada. It is believed that Leif was born in Iceland around the 970s—the son of mother Thjóðhildr and father Erik the Red, an explorer and outlaw from Western Norway. Erik founded the first Norse colonies in Greenland, and was based at the family estate Brattahlíð in the so-called Eastern Settlement, where Leif had his upbringing. Leif had two known sons: Thorgils, born to noblewoman Thorgunna in the Hebrides; and Thorkell, who succeeded him as chieftain of the Greenland settlement.

Emilíana Torrini

Alternative rock Artist

Emilíana Torrini is an Icelandic singer, best known for her 2009 single "Jungle Drum" of the 2009 record 'Me and Armini', 1999 album Love in the Time of Science and for performing "Gollum's Song" for Peter Jackson's film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Snorri Sturluson

Author

Snorri Sturluson was an Icelandic historian, poet, and politician. He was elected twice as a lawspeaker at the Icelandic parliament, the Althing. He was the author of the Prose Edda or Younger Edda, which consists of Gylfaginning, a narrative of Norse mythology, the Skáldskaparmál, a book of poetic language, and the Háttatal, a list of verse forms. He was also the author of the Heimskringla, a history of the Norwegian kings that begins with legendary material in Ynglinga saga and moves through to early medieval Scandinavian history. For stylistic and methodological reasons, Snorri is often taken to be the author of Egil's saga. As an historian and mythographer, Snorri is remarkable for proposing the hypothesis that mythological gods begin as human war leaders and kings whose funeral sites develop cults. As people call upon the dead war leader as they go to battle, or the dead king as they face tribal hardship, they begin to venerate the figure. Eventually, the king or warrior is remembered only as a god. He also proposed that as tribes defeat others, they explain their victory by proposing that their own gods were in battle with the gods of the others.

Jón Þór Birgisson

Post-rock Artist

Jón "Jónsi" Þór Birgisson is the guitarist and vocalist for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. He is known for his use of a cello bow on guitar and his falsetto voice. He is also blind in his right eye from birth as a cause of a broken optic nerve from the brain and he is openly gay. Apart from Sigur Rós, Jónsi also performs together with his partner Alex Somers as an art collaboration called Jónsi & Alex. They released their self-titled first book in November 2006, which was an embossed hardcover limited to 1000 copies, along with their first album, Riceboy Sleeps, in July 2009. On December 1, 2009, Jónsi's official website, jonsi.com, was launched in anticipation of his debut solo album, Go, which was released the week of April 5, 2010. After the release of the album, Jónsi promptly started a worldwide tour across North America and Europe, featuring songs from the album plus a few other selections, planning to tour from March to September. In late January 2010, Jónsi announced that Sigur Rós was on "an indefinite hiatus", as the band had scrapped plans for a new album previously announced to be released in 2010, saying that "they were just rumours". The band decided to take the year off, as several members of Sigur Rós recently had children, and as Jónsi developed his solo career. The band is now back together again and released the album Valtari on May 28th, 2012 with a following tour starting in August of the same year, and more recently the album Kveikur on June 18, 2013.

Alfreð Finnbogason

Soccer

Alfreð Finnbogason is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a striker for SC Heerenveen. He made his debut for the Icelandic national team against the Faroe Islands in 2010.

Gylfi Sigurðsson

Soccer

Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson is an Icelandic footballer who played for Reading between 2005 and 2010 as a midfielder. He is a specialist on set-pieces and possesses great long-range shooting ability. He was voted player of the season for two consecutive seasons for Reading in 2009-10 season and for Hoffenheim in 2010-11. He currently plays for Tottenham.

Arnaldur Indriðason

Author

Arnaldur Indriðason is an Icelandic writer of crime fiction; most of his books feature the protagonist Detective Erlendur.

Halldór Laxness

Author

Halldór Kiljan Laxness was a twentieth-century Icelandic writer. Throughout his career Laxness wrote poetry, newspaper articles, plays, travelogues, short stories, and novels. Major influences on his writings include August Strindberg, Sigmund Freud, Sinclair Lewis, Upton Sinclair, Bertolt Brecht and Ernest Hemingway. He received the 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature; he is the only Icelandic Nobel laureate.

Heiðar Helguson

Soccer

Heiðar Helguson is a Icelandic former footballer who played as a striker. He started his career in the Icelandic league system, with UMFS Dalvík and Þróttur. Following a one-season spell in Norway with Lillestrøm SK, Heiðar moved to England to join Watford in 1999, with Lillestrøm receiving a transfer fee of £1.5 million. The English media anglicised his name to Heidar when he joined Watford – it is by this given name that he is commonly known in England. Although Watford were relegated from the Premier League during his first season at the club, Heiðar was a prolific goalscorer, finishing as the team's top scorer in the 1999–2000, 2002–03 and 2004–05 seasons, before being sold to Fulham in 2005. He played Premier League for them between 2005 and 2007, and Bolton until 2009, before transferring to Championship side QPR in 2009. After a return to Watford on loan in the 2009–10 season, Helguson played regularly for QPR in 2010–11, as they secured promotion to the Premier League as champions. In QPR's first Premier League season since 1995–96, Heiðar finished as the team's top scorer, helping them to secure Premier League survival on the last day of the 2011–12 season. He subsequently joined Cardiff City.

Bubbi Morthens

Blues Artist

Bubbi Morthens, is an Icelandic singer and songwriter. His given name is Ásbjörn Kristinsson Morthens, called Bubbi as it is a common affectionate form of Ásbjörn. Besides a lengthy solo career, he has been a member of numerous Icelandic bands, notably Utangarðsmenn, Egó, Das Kapital, MX-21, and G.C.D. He is one of the bestselling Icelandic musicians of all time, but he has received little attention outside of the country.

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

Politician

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is a former Prime Minister of Iceland. An MP since 1978, she was Iceland's Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security from 1987–1994 and 2007–2009. She has been a member of the Althing for Reykjavík constituencies since 1978, winning re-election on eight successive occasions. She became Iceland's first female Prime Minister and the world's first openly lesbian head of government on 1 February 2009. Jóhanna is a social democrat and Iceland's longest-serving member of Parliament. In the 1990s, when she lost a bid to head the Social Democratic Party, she raised her fist and declared "Minn tími mun koma!", a phrase that became a popular Icelandic expression. In 2009, Forbes listed her among the 100 Most Powerful Women in the world. In September 2012, Jóhanna announced she would not seek re-election and would instead retire from politics.

Anita Briem

Actor

Anita Briem is an Icelandic actress. She is known for her role as Jane Seymour on The Tudors and her role as Hannah in Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Jón Páll Sigmarsson

Man

Jón Páll Sigmarsson was a strongman, powerlifter and bodybuilder from Iceland who won the World's Strongest Man contest 4 times.

Megas

Singer

Magnús Þór Jónsson, also known by his mononym Megas, is a rock and roll singer, songwriter, and writer who is well known in his native country of Iceland.

Kolbeinn Sigþórsson

Soccer

Kolbeinn Sigþórsson is an Icelandic footballer who currently plays as a striker for Eredivisie club Ajax and the Icelandic national team. Before being signed by Ajax for a fee of €4.5 million in the summer of 2011, Kolbeinn played for HK Kópavogs in his home country and AZ Alkmaar in the Netherlands. Before making his debut for the Icelandic national team, Kolbeinn played at U17, U19 and U21 levels.

Gunnar Hansen

Actor

Gunnar Milton Hansen is an Icelandic-born American actor and author best known for playing the mentally impaired cannibal Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Mugison

Musical Artist

Mugison is an Icelandic musician. Mugison got his nickname Mugison while on holiday visiting his father Muggi in Malaysia. His father is a karaoke singer and as the crowds at the karaoke bars in the small fishing villages they were touring had problems pronouncing his name they came to call him Mugison. Mugison is the Icelandic naming convention for the surname of someone who is the son of Muggi. At the age of one, his family moved from Reykjavik to Isafjordur. When he was six his family then moved to a series of Islands on the West African Coast by the name of Cabo Verde. His father was there as part of a volunteer program teaching locals how to fish. Mugison spent an idyllic childhood in Cabo Verde owning various pet monkeys and spending vast amounts of time swimming. He did not start school until the age of nine. From the age of 10 to 14, he lived in and around many parts of Reykjavík . At 14 he moved to a small island in the North of Iceland called Hrísey . During the winter, he was sent to a boarding/dorm school from 14-17. This is where Mugison began to explore and discover music. Prior to moving to Hrísey he had been a keen swimmer and football player, not overly interested in the arts.

Magnús Ver Magnússon

Strongman

Magnús Ver Magnússon is a former powerlifter and strongman competitor from Egilsstaðir, Iceland. Magnus won the title of World's Strongest Man four times.

Gunnar Nelson

Man

Gunnar Lúðvík Nelson is an Icelandic mixed martial artist and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Nelson is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Gunnar is a black belt in BJJ which was awarded by Renzo Gracie after impressive results at the 2009 IBJJF Pan-Ams and the 2009 ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship.

Sjón

Author

Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson, known as Sjón, is an Icelandic poet, novelist, and lyricist. His pen name is an abbreviation of his given name. Sjón frequently collaborates with the singer Björk and has performed with The Sugarcubes as Johnny Triumph. His works have been translated into more than 25 languages.

Svala

Pop Artist

Svala Björgvinsdóttir is an Icelandic pop singer-songwriter. She is most notable for her 2001 song, 'The Real Me', from the album with the same title. She took up the stage name, Kali, after joining a house band called Steed Lord.

Magnus Magnusson

Presenter

Magnus Magnusson, KBE was an Icelandic television presenter, journalist, translator and writer. He was born in Iceland but lived in Scotland for almost all of his life, although he never took British citizenship. He came to prominence as a BBC television journalist, and was best known as the presenter of the BBC television quiz programme Mastermind, which he hosted for 25 years.

Aron Gunnarsson

Soccer Midfielder

Aron Einar Malmquist Gunnarsson is an Icelandic international footballer who plays for Premier League club Cardiff City. He can play either at right back or in central midfield. Aron has played club football in Iceland, the Netherlands, England and Wales for Þór Akureyri, AZ, Coventry City and Cardiff City. He also plays for Iceland at international level, having made his senior debut in 2008, and has been Iceland's captain since mid-2012.

Hermann Hreiðarsson

Soccer

Hermann Hreiðarsson is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a left back. He was appointed manager of Icelandic club ÍBV before the 2013 season and will also play with the team. Hermann has been relegated from the Premier League five times, a record he holds jointly with Nathan Blake.

Birkir Bjarnason

Soccer Midfielder

Birkir Bjarnason is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Italian Serie A club Sampdoria.

Egill Skallagrímsson

Author

Egill Skallagrímsson also known as Egil Skallagrimsson was a Viking Age poet, warrior and farmer. He is also the protagonist of the eponymous Egil's Saga. Egil's Saga historically narrates a period from approximately 850-1000 CE, being written somewhere between 1220 and 1240.

Kjartan Sveinsson

Post-rock Artist

Kjartan "Kjarri" Sveinsson is former keyboardist for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. He joined the band in 1998. Being something of a multi-instrumentalist, he has also played such instruments as the flute, tin whistle, oboe and even the banjo, as well as many of the unorthodox instruments that contribute to Sigur Rós's distinctive sound. He also plays the guitar. Kjartan has performed under the pseudonym "The Lonesome Traveller" with Sigur Rós band-mate Orri Páll Dýrason and Amiina violinist María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir. "The Lonesome Traveller" covered Sigur Rós songs acoustically in an alt-country style. Kjartan also composed scores for the 2005 Academy Award nominated short film Síðasti bærinn, for award winning director Ramin Bahrani's 2009 short film Plastic Bag which features the narration of legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog, and for the 2009 film Ondine directed by Neil Jordan. Kjartan also contributes to Sigur Rós's orchestral and string arrangements, along with the group Amiina. He is also featured heavily on The Album Leaf's album, In a Safe Place, playing a wide variety of instruments.

Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson

Soccer Forward

Gunnar Heiðar Þorvaldsson, commonly anglicised as Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson, is an Icelandic footballer who currently plays as a striker for Konyaspor and the Icelandic national team. His cousin is former Reading defender Ivar Ingimarsson.

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

Politician

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, is the fifth President of Iceland, having served since 1996; he was unopposed in 2000, re-elected for a third term in 2004, re-elected unopposed for a fourth term in 2008 and re-elected for a record fifth term in 2012.

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir

Politician

Vigdís Finnbogadóttir is an Icelandic politician who served as the fourth President of Iceland from 1980 to 1996. In addition to being both Iceland and Europe's first female president, she was the world's first democratically elected female head of state. With a presidency of exactly sixteen years, she also remains the longest-serving, elected female head of state of any country to date. Currently, she is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and a Member of the Club of Madrid.

Joey Guðjónsson

Soccer Midfielder

Jóhannes "Joey" Karl Guðjónsson commonly known as Joey Guðjónsson is an Icelandic professional footballer who currently plays for ÍA Akranes, after leaving Huddersfield Town on April 27, 2012. He plays as a midfielder and has 34 caps for the Iceland national team. His previous clubs include Real Betis, Aston Villa, Wolves, Leicester City, AZ Alkmaar and Burnley, He has played in five top flight league across Europe.

Grétar Steinsson

Soccer

Grétar Rafn Steinsson is a retired Icelandic footballer.

Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson

Soccer Midfielder

Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson is an Icelandic international footballer who plays as a forward or a winger for English club Wolverhampton Wanderers. Sigurðarson began his career with ÍA in his native Iceland before a three-year spell at Norwegian side Lillestrøm, during which time he made his international debut. In July 2012 he moved to Wolves for a reported £2.4m fee.

Emil Hallfreðsson

Soccer Midfielder

Emil Hallfreðsson is an Icelandic footballer currently playing for Serie A side Hellas Verona.

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

Author

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic writer, of both crime-novels and children's fiction. She has been writing since 1998. Her début crime-novel was translated into English by Bernard Scudder. The central character in the crime novels so far is Thóra Gudmundsdóttir, a lawyer. Yrsa is married with two children, and she also has a career as a civil engineer.

Veigar Páll Gunnarsson

Soccer

Veigar Páll Gunnarsson is an Icelandic football striker who plays for Stjarnan. His transfer in 2011 led to football clubs Stabæk and Vålerenga being nominated for fines of Norwegian kroner 500,000 and 350,000 respectively, by a committee of Football Association of Norway — and a police investigation that saw two persons arrested.

Eggert Jónsson

Soccer Midfielder

Eggert Gunnþór Jónsson is an Icelandic international footballer who plays predominantly as a midfielder but is also capable of playing as a centre back or in both full back roles. He plays for Portuguese club Belenenses. He joined Scottish Premier League side Hearts as a teenager and eventually established himself in the first-team where he displayed his versatility and even went on to captain the Edinburgh side on numerous occasions before moving to the English Premier League in January 2012 when he signed for Wolves, with whom he made only seven appearances during an eighteen-month stay. He made his international debut at the age of 19 and is considered to be part of Iceland's golden generation along with the likes of Gylfi Sigurðsson and Kolbeinn Sigþórsson.

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson

Religious Leader

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, also known as HÖH, is a musician, an art director, and allsherjargoði of Ásatrúarfélagið. Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson was a pioneer in the use of computers when composing music and cleared the path for new ideas in recording and arrangements. He has worked on ambitious, experimental and original projects with various musicians, such as Psychic TV, Current 93, Sigur Rós, Steindór Andersen and Eivør Pálsdóttir.

Geir Haarde

Politician

Geir Hilmar Haarde is an Icelandic politician and former head of government. Geir was Prime Minister of Iceland from 15 June 2006 to 1 February 2009 and Chairman of the Icelandic Independence Party from 2005 to 2009. Geir initially led a coalition between his party and the Progressive Party. After the 2007 parliamentary election, in which the Independence Party increased its share of the vote, Geir renewed his term as Prime Minister, leading a coalition between his party and the Social Democratic Alliance. That coalition resigned in January 2009 after widespread protests following an economic collapse in October 2008. In September 2010, Geir became the first Icelandic minister to be indicted for misconduct in office, and stood trial before the Landsdómur, a special court for such cases. Haarde originally faced six charges, but two were dismissed in October 2011. Haarde was convicted on one of the four charges.

Arnór Smárason

Soccer Midfielder

Arnór Smárason is an Icelandic footballer who primarily plays as secondary striker for Allsvenskan side Helsingborgs IF, though he can also play as a winger.

Stefán Karl Stefánsson

Actor

Stefán Karl Stefánsson is an Icelandic film and stage actor who is best known for playing the character Robbie Rotten on the television show LazyTown. After studying at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, he was invited to join the National Theatre of Iceland. At the National Theater, Stefán played roles ranging from Cyrano de Bergerac, to song-and-dance-man Cosmo Brown in Singin’ In The Rain, and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At the National Theater, Stefán originated the role of Robbie Rotten in the live version of LazyTown, and continued in the role when the show was adapted to TV. Stefán has trained in a number of areas of performance, including baritone voice, Russian and English fencing, tap dancing, modern dance, stand-up comedy, commedia dell'arte, piano, accordion, and drums. Stefán is also the founder and director of the nonprofit organization, Rainbow Children, created to bring public awareness and strategic solutions to the endemic problem of school bullying. Stefán resides in Los Angeles with his wife Steinunn Ólína Þorsteinsdóttir, a well-known actress, TV show host and writer, their three daughters and a son.

Erró

Painting Artist

Erró is a postmodern artist. He studied art in Norway and in Italy, and has resided in Paris, Thailand and on the island of Formentera for most of his life. In 1989 he donated a large collection of his works to the Reykjavik Arts Museum, which has put part of it on permanent display and opened a website where the whole collection can be visited. In 2010 he was accused of plagiarism by Brian Bolland for copying his work uncredited and selling it. Erro has also plagiarized the work of comic book artists John Byrne, Mark Bagley, Joe Madureira, Ernie Colon, Jim Hill and Tom Artis. In 2013, Guillem March accused him of plagiarism, too.

Hannes Hafstein

Politician

Hannes Þórður Pétursson Hafstein was an Icelandic politician and poet. In 1904 he became the first Icelander to be appointed to the Danish Cabinet as the Minister for Iceland in the Cabinet of Deuntzer and was – unlike the previous Minister for Iceland Peter Adler Alberti – responsible to the Icelandic Althing. He was born on the farm Möðruvellir in Hörgárdalur valley, Iceland. His parents were Pétur Havstein Governor of North and East Iceland and Kristjana Gunnarsdóttir Havstein sister of Iceland's first bank chairman Tryggvi Gunnarsson. He obtained the National Grammar School Leavng Certificate in 1880 and obtained a degree in Law from the University of Copenhagen in 1886. He was member of Alþingi in 1900–1901, 1903–1915 and 1916–1922. He attended his last meeting there in 1917. He was proposed the first Minister of Iceland on 31 January 1904 from 1 February 1904, and he served as such until 31 March 1909. Then he became the CEO of the Iceland Bank. In 1912 he was elected the president of Althingi prior to becoming minister of Iceland for the second time from 24 July 1912 to 21 July 1914, when he became CEO again. In 1917 his declining health forced him to resign his duties.

Tómas Lemarquis

Actor

Tómas Lemarquis is an Icelandic actor. He possibly best recalled for his appearance in the 2003 Icelandic film Nói Albínói. Lemarquis is the son of French teacher Gérard Lemarquis and an Icelandic mother. Lemarquis' most distinguishing physical features - his bald head, lack of eyelashes and eyebrows - is the result of him losing his hair at the age of 13 to Alopecia universalis. He grew up in a small town in Iceland and studied theater at the Cours Florent in Paris, where he was a classmate of actress Audrey Tautou, and the Reykjavík School of Fine Arts in Iceland. Lemarquis is a fluent speaker of Icelandic, French, English, German and Danish. He currently resides in France.

Björn Jónsson

Politician

Björn Jónsson was Minister for Iceland from 31 March 1909 to 14 March 1911. He was the father of Sveinn Björnsson, the only Regent of Iceland and first President of Iceland. Björn became Minister for Iceland after Hannes Hafstein and his supporters suffered a bad outcome in the elections of 1908, where the voters opposed to the draft of new constitution. Björn was forced to resign after forcing the General Director of the National Bank, Tryggvi Gunnarsson, out of that post due to heavy criticism of their supporters. Björn and other opponents of the Draft won a landslide victory in the 1908 elections. Björn was commonly known for the paper he edited, Ísafold, from 1874 to 1909, and was known as Björn í Ísafold or Ísafoldar Björn. Björn offended the Danish Authorities in 1909 by appointing a Councillor of Commerce to work on business negotiations for Iceland, when he appointed his supporter Bjarni Jónsson frá Vogi, to that post. The Danish Authorities stated that appointing such a councillor was not in harmony with the common foreign policy of Denmark and Iceland. Björn got alcohol prohibition accepted in Alþingi. ⁕ Björn Jónsson gives a speech to a gathering on June 2, 1908 regarding the autonomy of Iceland vis-a-vis Denmark. Iceland was then a Danish colony, gaining independence in 1944

Kristján Jónsson

Politician

Kristján Jónsson was Minister for Iceland from 14 March 1911 to 24 July 1912. He was member of Althingi 1893 to 1905 and from 1908 to 1913. He was born on the farm Gautlönd in North East Iceland and two of his brothers became politicians, Pétur and Steingrímur. Kristján was the father in law of Sigurður Eggerz, who later took office as Minister for Iceland.

Ólafur Stefánsson

Professional Team Handball Player

Ólafur Indriði Stefánsson is an Icelandic handball player who currently plays for first division side Lekhwiya handball team in Qatar. He was for many years the captain of the Iceland national handball team but announced his international retirement afther the 2012 London Olympics. His demarcation is right back. At his peak he was considered to be one of the very best handball players in the world. As a player for his national team, he currently holds the record for the number of goals scored with a national handball team ever. He is also one of the most enduring handball players of all times, being a field player since 1990. He was voted Sports Personality of the Year in Iceland in 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009.

Rúrik Gíslason

Soccer Midfielder

Rúrik Gíslason is an Icelandic footballer who plays as a midfielder for Danish Superliga side F.C. Copenhagen. Rúrik signed for Charlton Athletic at the end of August 2005, but failed to make an appearance for Charlton's first team, having played for HK Kópavogur in his youth. He also played for RSC Anderlecht, the then champions of Belgium for a year, but did not settle so he returned to HK Kópavogur. This was before his move to Charlton. In 2011, Rúrik was chosen as part of the squad to represent Iceland at the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in Denmark. The striker was named on the bench for the opening game against Belarus.

Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson

Guitarist

Guðlaugur Kristinn Óttarsson is an Icelandic guitar player and engineer. He is a mathematician, an inventor, a practising polytechnic engineer, lecturer and the author of several scientific papers.

Brynjar Gunnarsson

Soccer Midfielder

Brynjar Björn Gunnarsson is an Icelandic former footballer who last played for KR as a midfielder. Brynjar had previously played for Nottingham Forest, Stoke City, Watford and Reading in England as well as Vålerenga and Moss in Norway and Örgryte IS in Sweden.

Ólafur Thors

Politician

Ólafur Tryggvason Thors, the son of Thor Philip Axel Jensen, was an Icelandic politician of the Independence Party, who served as Prime Minister of Iceland. Ólafur Thors was a member of parliament from 1926 until the day of his death in 1964. His first ministerial post was when he served as a substitute justice minister from 14 November 1932 to 23 December 1932. In his political career he served as Minister of Industrial Affairs from 1939 to 1942, foreign minister in his own governments in 1942 and 1944–1947, social minister in his own government from 1949 to 1950, fisheries and industrial minister from 1950 to 1953 and he served as a fisheries minister in his own government from 1953 to 1956. He attended the General Assembly at the UN in 1947 and 1948. Ólafur Thors led the Independence Party from 1934 to 1961. His fifth government with the Social Democrats sat under two other prime ministers from the Independence Party to 1971.

Ragnar Sigurðsson

Soccer

Ragnar Sigurðsson is an Icelandic professional footballer. Ragnar plays in a centre back position and plays for F.C. Copenhagen in the Superliga. He also plays for the Iceland national team.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Politician

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is an Icelandic politician who has been Prime Minister of Iceland since 2013. He has also been chairman of the Progressive Party since 2009. He was elected to the Althing as the 8th member for the Reykjavík North constituency on 25 April 2009. He currently represents the Northeast Constituency as its 1st member since 27 April 2013.

Hermann Gunnarsson

Man

Hermann Gunnarsson commonly referred to by his nickname, Hemmi Gunn, was an Icelandic television and radio personality, performer and former football and handball player at an international level. Hermann is known as one of Iceland's greats both in football and handball. He also played basketball at club level, but never played a national game in that sport.

Sölvi Ottesen

Soccer

Sölvi Geir Ottesen Jónsson is an Icelandic footballer, a centre back. He is currently playing for Russian Premier League club Ural.

Arnór Guðjohnsen

Soccer

Arnór Guðjohnsen is an Icelandic former footballer who played as a striker. He is most famous for his seven-year stint with Belgian club Anderlecht and was the top scorer in the 1986–87 season. He is the father of striker Eiður Guðjohnsen.

Ásgeir Ásgeirsson

Politician

Ásgeir Ásgeirsson was the second President of Iceland, from 1952 to 1968. Educated as a theologian, Ásgeir graduated with honours from the University of Iceland in Reykjavík in 1915, but was considered too young to be ordained as a minister. He married Dóra Þórhallsdóttir in 1917. Dóra was the daughter of Þórhallur Bjarnarson, bishop of Iceland 1908–1916. Her brother was Tryggvi Þórhallsson, who was Prime Minister of Iceland 1927–1932. Ásgeir was elected to the Althing in 1923 at the age of 29 for the Progressive Party. He spoke as the president of the Althing at Þingvellir on the occasion of the Althing's 1000th anniversary celebrations in 1930, and became Minister of Finance in 1931 and Prime Minister in 1932. He left the Progressive Party in 1934, but stood for election as an independent for a while until he joined the Social Democratic Party, and remained in the Althing until he was elected president in 1952. From 1938 and until he was elected president, he was the director of Útvegsbanki Íslands, an Icelandic bank which later merged with three other banks and became Íslandsbanki. Ásgeir was elected the second President of Iceland in a closely contested election in 1952, which had been called upon early due to the death of Sveinn Björnsson, Iceland's first president. Ásgeir's main opponent, Bjarni Jónsson, minister in the Reykjavík Cathedral, had the endorsement of the governing parties in Iceland, the Independence Party and the Progressive Party. Still Ásgeir managed to receive 46.7% of the vote, compared to Bjarni's 44.1%. The third candidate, Gísli Sveinsson, a former MP for the Independence Party, got 6.0%.

Teitur Thordarson

Soccer

Teitur Thordarson is an Icelandic football coach. On 11 December 2007 he became coach of Vancouver Whitecaps FC. He is the older brother of Ólafur Thordarson.

Bjarni Tryggvason

Astronaut

Bjarni V. Tryggvason is an Icelandic-born Canadian engineer and a former NRC/CSA astronaut. He served as a Payload Specialist on Space Shuttle mission STS-85 in 1997, a 12-day mission to study changes in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Hannes Sigurðsson

Soccer Forward

Hannes Þorsteinn Sigurðsson is an Icelandic football player. A powerful 6 ft 3 striker, he has played 13 games and scored one goal for the Iceland national football team. Hannes currently plays for SV Grödig in the Austrian Bundesliga.

Hafdís Huld

Pop Artist

Hafdís Huld Þrastardóttir, known simply as Hafdís Huld, is an Icelandic singer and actress. She began her musical career as a member of the electronic band GusGus in 1995 and left the group in 1999. Hafdís made her solo debut with her 2006 album Dirty Paper Cup.

Skúli Sverrisson

Musical Artist

Skúli Sverrisson is an Icelandic composer and bassist residing in New York City. Over the past two decades, bass guitarist-composer Skuli Sverrisson has worked with a veritable who’s who of the experimental world, from free jazz legends to music icons and composers. Sverrisson is also known for his work as an artistic director for Olof Arnalds, recordings with Blonde Redhead and as a musical director for legendary performance artist Laurie Anderson. He has released a series of duo albums of in collaboration with artists such as Anthony Burr, Oskar Gudjonsson, and Hilmar Jensson. He has been a member of many influential groups including Pachora, Alas No Axis, The Allan Holdworth group and The Ben Monder group. Sverrisson has also composed music for The Icelandic Dance Company the National Theatre of Iceland and numerous films and installations such as Welcome and Music for furniture with Olafur Thordason", Spacial Meditation with Claudia Hill and When it was Blue with experimental film maker Jennifer Reeves. Sverrisson founded Seria, an ongoing ensemble featuring Amedeo Pace, Olof Arnalds, David Thor Jonsson, Anthony Burr, Eyvind Kang and Hildur Gudnadottir in 2005 and released Seria in 2006 and Seria ll in 2010. He has appeared on over 100 recordings and has performed around the world with a wide range of artists. Three new recordings of the ongoing collaboration with Anthony Burr and a new duo recording with Oskar Gudjonsson. Sverrisson has been awarded 5 Icelandic Music Awards, including Icelandic Album of the Year for Seria in 2006.

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

Strongman

Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson is an Icelandic strongman competitor and actor.

Ari Freyr Skúlason

Soccer Midfielder

Ari Freyr Skúlason is an Icelandic international football player who plays for OB in Denmark after having previously played at senior level in Iceland and Sweden, having also been a youth player in the Netherlands.

Aron Pálmarsson

Professional Team Handball Player

Aron Pálmarsson is an Icelandic handball player, currently playing for THW Kiel in the Toyota-Handball-Bundesliga. He also plays for the Icelandic national handball team and played a big part for the team as they earned a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games and the bronze medal at the 2010 European handball championship in Austria. He gained attention while playing for the team FH Hafnarfjörður before he transferred to THW Kiel. In 29 December 2012 won Aron the adwards "Best athlete of the year 2012". He got 425 points.

Paul Oscar

Pop Artist

Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson, known internationally as Páll Óskar and Paul Oscar, is an Icelandic pop singer, songwriter and disc jockey. He had a musical childhood, singing at private functions, with choirs and for media advertisements, but was affected by bullying in school and tension between his parents at home. He came out as gay to his family at the age of 16 years. Paul Oscar's musical range spans traditional Icelandic songs, ballads, love songs, disco, house and techno. He released his first album, Stuð, in 1993 while in New York City, and also sang with Icelandic groups Milljónamæringarnir and Casino while establishing a career as a solo artiste. His album of ballads, Palli, was the best-selling Icelandic album of 1995. Paul Oscar came to international attention when he performed "Minn hinsti dans", Iceland's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 1997. His most recent album is Silfursafnið. In Reykjavík, Paul Oscar performs regularly as a disc jockey in clubs and appears on radio and TV shows.

Hera Björk

Pop Artist

Hera Björk Þórhallsdóttir is an Icelandic singer.

Bjarni Benediktsson

Politician

Bjarni Benediktsson was Prime Minister of Iceland from 14 November 1963 to 10 July 1970. His father, Benedikt Sveinsson, was a leader in the independence movement in Iceland and a member of Althingi from 1908 to 1931. Bjarni studied constitutional law and became professor at the University of Iceland at the age of only 24. He was elected to the city council in Reykjavík in 1934 as a member of the Independence Party and from 1940 to 1947 was mayor of the city. In 1947 he became Foreign Minister and served in various posts in cabinets until 1956. His tenure included the establishment of Iceland as a founding member of NATO in 1949. In 1956, when the left-wing parties formed a coalition government, Bjarni, out of office, became editor of Morgunblaðið, a leading conservative newspaper. In 1959, when the Independence Party formed a coalition government with the Social Democrats, Bjarni became Minister of Justice. Two years later he was elected chairman of the Independence Party and in 1963 he took over from Ólafur Thors as Prime Minister. He served in this position until his death, which was caused by a fire at a government summer house at Þingvellir; his wife and grandson also perished in the blaze.

Arnar Gunnlaugsson

Soccer

Arnar Bergmann Gunnlaugsson is an Icelandic former professional footballer . His position is forward. His twin brother is Bjarki Gunnlaugsson.

Sigga

Woman

Sigríður Beinteinsdóttir, better known as Sigga, is an Icelandic singer who competed for her native country in the Eurovision Song Contest for three times. She was born on 24 July 1962 in Reykjavík. She managed to get three 12 points overall, two from United Kingdom and one from Portugal. She Achieved with Stjórnin Iceland's best result of 4th until 1999 when Selma came second.

Berglind Icey

Actor

Berglind Icey is an Icelandic model, actress and former competitive swimmer. Icey was the St. Pauli Girl for 2004.

Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson

Organization leader

Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland on September 26, 1962. He studied physics as a Wien Scholar at Brandeis University. He is the author of three previous novels, The Journey Home, Absolution and Walking Into the Night, and a story collection, Valentines. His books have been published to critical acclaim in more than twenty languages. He is the recipient of the O. Henry Award and the Icelandic Literary Award, was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Prize, and has twice been nominated for the IMPAC Award. He is the Executive Vice President of Time Warner and he lives in New York City with his wife Anna Ólafsdóttir and three children.

Kjartan Finnbogason

Soccer Forward

Kjartan Henry Finnbogason is an Iceland international football player currently playing for KR in Iceland.

Ásgeir Sigurvinsson

Soccer Midfielder

Ásgeir "Sigi" Sigurvinsson is an Icelandic football coach and a former player. The attacking midfielder was one of the first, and certainly one of the most celebrated, Icelandic professional football players. He went from Iceland to Belgium but spent the latter half of his career in Germany.

Ívar Ingimarsson

Soccer

Ívar Ingimarsson, is an Icelandic professional footballer.

Guðjón Þórðarson

Soccer

Guðjón Þórðarson is an Icelandic former footballer and manager. He has previously been manager of ÍA, KA, KR, Keflavík, Notts County, Iceland, Stoke City, Barnsley, Start in Norway, Crewe Alexandra and provincial Icelandic club BÍ/Bolungarvík, from which he was sacked in October 2011 after having guided the team to a 6th place finish in the B division and a semi-finals spot in the league cup, during his year in charge. On 7 November 2011 he was appointed new manager of Grindavík, succeeding Ólafur Örn Bjarnason, that had been manager and player of the club for one year, but resigned as manager so he could fully focus on his performance on the pitch. Guðjón has three sons who also play professional football, namely: Bjarni, Joey and Þórður Guðjónsson.

Ólafur Ingi Skúlason

Soccer Midfielder

Ólafur Ingi Skúlason is an Icelandic footballer and a midfielder, currently playing for Belgian club S.V. Zulte Waregem.

Sigurður Nordal

Author

Sigurður Nordal was an Icelandic scholar, writer and ambassador. He was influential in forming the theory of the Icelandic sagas as works of literature composed by individual authors. Nordal studied Scandinavian Philology in Copenhagen where he received his MA in 1912. In 1914 he completed his doctoral thesis. He then went on to study philosophy in Berlin and Oxford. In 1918 he became Professor of Icelandic Language and Literature at the University of Iceland. He retained this position until his death but was exempted from teaching duties in 1945. From 1931 to 1932 Nordal held the Charles Eliot Norton professorship at Harvard University. From 1951 til 1957 he was the Icelandic ambassador in Copenhagen. He was the editor-in-chief of the Íslenzk fornrit series from 1933 to 1951. Some of Sigurður Nordal's most influential works are: ⁕Völuspá: A treatise on the Eddic poem Völuspá, regarding the poem as a coherent work by one poet. ⁕Íslenzk menning: Often considered Nordal's greatest work, this book was used as a standard text in Icelandic colleges. ⁕Hrafnkatla: A treatise on Hrafnkels saga, aiming to establish that the saga was a fictional work of art.

Guðni Bergsson

Soccer

Guðni Bergsson, is an Icelandic former football player who played for Bolton Wanderers.

Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson

Handball Player

Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson is an Icelandic handball player who plays for THW Kiel.

Sturla Gunnarsson

Film Director

Sturla Gunnarsson is a Canadian film director. Gunnarsson was born in Iceland in 1951. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, with his parents when he was seven years old. As he grew up he became interested in filmmaking and went to the University of British Columbia where he completed undergraduate studies in English literature and graduate work in film studies. Part of the graduate program requires the production of a film. His, A Day Much Like the Others, went on to win top honours at the Canadian Student Film Festival and the European Student Film Festival. It was also screened at New York City's Museum of Modern Art. With his formal education behind him, Gunnarsson moved to Toronto and worked initially at the National Film Board. His first NFB project, After the Axe, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. He has since won a number of awards including Emmy Award, Genie Award and Gemini Awards, a Prix Italia, and the Prix Villes de Cannes. His documentary about David Suzuki, Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, won the People’s Choice Documentary Award at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Kristjana Gunnars

Novelist

Kristjana Gunnars is an Icelandic-Canadian poet and novelist. Her volumes of poetry include Settlement Poems, which focuses on 19th century Icelandic settlers in Manitoba, and One-Eyed Moon Maps.

Arnthor Birgisson

Composer

Arnthor Birgisson born on 12 February 1976 in Reykjavik, Iceland, is a Swedish songwriter and producer. Arnthor moved to Sweden in 1978 at age two, and lives in Stockholm.

Eiríkur Hauksson

Singer

Eiríkur Hauksson is an Icelandic heavy metal vocalist who is trained as a teacher. Eiríkur is considered to be a talented vocalist, able to adopt various styles. He has been commended by metal enthusiasts for his ability to adopt the styles of various legends of metal, including, but not limited to Bruce Dickinson, Graham Bonnet, Ronnie James Dio and Joey Belladonna. He can also sing in a variety of styles suitable to pop and rock.

Diddú

Actor

Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir, better known as Diddú, is an Icelandic soprano and songwriter. Educated at the Reykjavík College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, she began her singing career in the 1970s as a vocalist for the popular folk and pop group Spilverk Þjóðanna. She subsequently turned to classical music, particularly Lieder and operas. Diddú's most recent album, Hvert Örstutt Spor, was released in 2005.

Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner

Organization founder

Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner is the founder and former CEO of Opera Software. He and Geir Ivarsøy were part of a research group at the Norwegian state phone company where they developed browsing software called MultiTorg Opera. The project was abandoned by Telenor, but Geir and Jon obtained the rights to the software, formed a company of their own, and continued working on it. Now known simply as Opera, the Internet browser has become very popular despite the competition. Opera Software has grown to over 500 employees since it first moved to its present offices in Oslo. On Thursday, April 21, 2005, he proclaimed that if the download numbers of the browser's new version Opera 8 reached 1 million within four days, he would swim across the Atlantic Ocean from Norway to the United States. The million was reached, Opera Software announced that von Tetzchner will "stand by his word". On April 25 and April 26, the official Opera site described the nonserious Atlantic swim "attempt" and its quick and comical "failure". The event was reported worldwide by both technology and mainstream media. For Tetzchner's 40th birthday on August 29, 2007, Opera Software announced that it would release the first public alpha of Kestrel, the working title of what would become Opera 9.50. His biggest birthday wish was to give the community a preview of Kestrel, which has been in development for over a year.