List of Icelanders


List of Icelanders

This is a list of famous people from Iceland, arranged in categories and ordered alphabetically by first name, following the usual naming conventions of Iceland.

Business

*Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson, billionaire businessman
*Björgólfur Guðmundsson, billionaire businessman, father of Thor Björgólfsson (above)
*Eggert Magnússon, businessman and former chairman of the English Premiership football club West Ham United
*Hreiðar Már Sigurðsson
*Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson, billionaire and founder of the Bónus supermarket and the Baugur Group
*Magnús Þorsteinsson
*Þorsteinn M. Jónsson, banker

Arts and culture

*Arnaldur Gylfason, runner
*Arnaldur Indriðason, writer
*Ásmundur Sveinsson, sculptor
*Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, actress, singer, her alter ego is Silvía Nótt (Silvia Night), model, singer and TV person
*Baltasar Kormákur, film actor and film director
*Björgvin Halldórsson, singer
*Björk Guðmundsdóttir, singer and songwriter
*Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, actor
*Bragi Ólafsson, musician
*Davíð Stefánsson, poet
*Diddú (Sigrún Hjálmtýsdóttir), soprano and songwriter
*Eggert Pálsson, percussionist, founder of the music group Voces Thules
*Emilíana Torrini, singer and songwriter
*Einar Bárðarson, songwriter, entrepreneur
*Einar Benediktsson, writer, poet
*Einar Hákonarson, painter
*Einar Hjörleifsson Kvaran editor, novelist, poet, dramatist
*Einar Jónsson, sculptor
*Einar Kárason, writer
*Einar Már Guðmundsson, writer
*Einar Örn Benediktsson, musician
*Eiríkur Hauksson, musician
*Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, film director
*Garðar Thór Cortes, tenor
*Gísli Örn Garðarsson, actor, director
*Guðmundur G. Hagalín, writer, poet
*Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir, writer, goði
*Gunnfríður Jónsdóttir, sculptor
*Hafdís Huld, singer
*Halldór Kiljan Laxness, writer, poet, Nobel Prize winner
*Hallgrímur Helgason, writer
*Haukur Tómasson, composer
*Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson,musician, art director, and chief goði of the Icelandic Ásatrú Association.
*Hilmir Snær Guðnason, film actor
*Hofi Karlsdottir, (Hólmfríður Karlsdóttir), Miss World 1985
*Hrafn Gunnlaugsson, film director
*Jón Kalman Stefánsson, writer, poet
*Jón Leifs, composer
*Jón Thoroddsen, writer and/or poet
*Jón Þórarinsson, composer
*Jónas Hallgrímsson, writer, poet
*Jóhannes úr Kötlum, writer, poet
*Karl Júlíusson, film production designer/costume designer
*Kristín Marja Baldursdóttir, writer
*Kjartan Ólafsson, composer, professor
*Linda Pétursdóttir, Miss World 1988
*Magnús Magnússon, television presenter, writer
*Magnús Scheving, writer, actor, athlete, creator of LazyTown
*Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir, actress
*Markús Örn Antonsson, director general of the National Broadcasting Service
*Mugison, composer, musician
*Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, actress
*Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, radio announcer, actor
*Ólafur Egill Ólafsson, actor, acrobat
*Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson, writer
*Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason, poet, writer, musician
*Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson (Paul Oscar), pop singer, songwriter and disc jockey
*Ragnar Bjarnason, musician
*Ragnar Bragason, director
*Ragnheiður Gröndal, musician
*Runólfur Hilmarsson, musician
*Sigurður Bragason, bariton singer and composer
*Sjón, poet
*Snorri Hjartarson, poet
*Snorri Sturluson, historian, poet
*Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, writer, poet
*Stephan G. Stephansson, Western Icelander, poet
*Thorkell Atlason, composer
*Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, actress and head of Reykjavík City Theater
*Tómas Guðmundsson, poet
*Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir, Miss World 2005
*Vigdís Grímsdóttir, writer
*Viktor Arnar Ingólfsson, writer
*Þórarinn Eldjárn, writer, poet
*Þórbergur Þórðarson, writer, poet

Musical bands and groups

*Amiina
*Ampop
*Brain Police
*Bang Gang
*Changer
*Cynic Guru
*GusGus
*HAM
*Mínus
*Mugison
*múm
*Nylon
*Quarashi
*Potentiam
*Sigur Rós
*Ske
*Sólstafir
*The Sugarcubes
*Trúbrot
*Voces Thules
*XIII

History of Iceland

*Ari Þorgilsson, priest and author of Íslendingabók, a historical work
*Eirík the Red, (Eiríkr rauði) Named Greenland
*Freydís Eiríksdóttir
*Guðmundur Arason
*Guðríðr Þorbjarnardóttir, explorer
*Ísleifur Gissurarson
*Kolbeinn Tumason
*Leifr Eiríksson (Leifur Eiríksson), discovered America in the year 1000 and named it Vínland ("Land of Wine")
*Loftur Sæmundsson, priest and chieftain at Oddi
*Snorri Sturluson
*Þorfinnr Karlsefni
*Þorvaldr Eríksson
*Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Western Icelander, Arctic explorer
*Þóra Magnúsdóttir, born 1100 in Norway, daughter of Magnus III of Norway, a direct descendant of Harald Fairhair the first Norwegian King. Þora Magnusdottir married an Icelander and moved to Iceland.

Politics

:"See also: List of Presidents of Iceland, List of Prime Ministers of Iceland and List of Icelandic rulers"

*Albert Guðmundsson, former minister
*Árni Sigfússon, politician
*Ásgeir Ásgeirsson, former president
*Björn Bjarnason, minister of justice and ecclesiastical affairs
*Davíð Oddsson, former prime minister and former mayor of Reykjavík
*Geir H. Haarde, current prime minister, former foreign minister
*Halldór Ásgrímsson, former prime minister
*Halldór Blöndal, former minister
*Hannes Hafstein, first prime minister
*Hannibal Valdimarsson, chairman of two parties and one electoral alliance,
*Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, former foreign minister, ambassador
*Jón Loftsson, chieftain and politician
*Jón Sigurðsson, independence leader
*Kristján Eldjárn, former president
*Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, current president
*Steingrímur Hermannsson, former prime minister
*Sveinn Björnsson, first president
*Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, former president, first elected female head of state
*Þorsteinn Pálsson, former prime minister

cholarship and academia

* Agnar Helgason, PhD, anthropologist
* Ari Þorgilsson, documentarian, chronicler
* Árni Magnússon, documentarian
* Ásgeir Helgason, PhD, psychologist, public health scientist
* Gisli Gudjonsson, Professor of Forensic Psychology
* Gísli Pálsson, PhD, anthropologist
* Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson, PhD, political scientist
* Helgi Valdimarsson, MD, immunologist
* Ingvar Bjarnason, MD, gastroenterologist
* Hjörtur Þórðarson, inventor
* Kári Stefánsson, MD, founder of deCODE genetics
* Magnús Eiríksson, theologian
* Margrét Hermanns Auðardóttir, PhD, archaeologist
* Niels Finsen, physician, Nobel Prize winner (Icelandic parents)
* Páll Skúlason, PhD, philosopher, former Rector of the University of Iceland
* Reynir Bödvarsson, PhD, seismologist
* Snorri Sturluson, documentarian, writer
* Sigurður Helgason, PhD, mathematician
* Sigurður Nordal, PhD, philosopher
* Sigurður Þórarinsson, PhD, geologist, volcanologist, professor
* Vilhjálmur Árnason, PhD, philosopher
* Þór Whitehead, historian
* Þorsteinn Gylfason, philosopher

ports and games

*Albert Guðmundsson, first professional footballer
*Ásgeir Sigurvinsson, former professional footballer
*Bobby Fischer, former world chess champion, granted Icelandic citizenship on 21 March 2005
*Eiður Smári Guðjohnsen, professional footballer, currently at Barcelona
*Friðrik Ólafsson, chess Grandmaster
*Heiðar Helguson, professional footballer, currently at Bolton
*Hermann Hreiðarsson, professional footballer, currently at Portsmouth
*Ívar Ingimarsson, professional footballer, currently at Reading
*Jóhannes Karl Guðjónsson, Professional footballer, currently at Burnley FC
*Jón Páll Sigmarsson, four-time winner of World's Strongest Man
*Kristján Einar Kristjánsson, racing driver, currently racing in British formula 3
*Magnús Ver Magnússon, four-time winner of World's Strongest Man
*Vala Flosadottir, pole vaulter


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