Famous Icelander - Icelander Celebrities

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.

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

The Most Famous Icelander

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Bobby FischerMarch 9, 1943American, IcelanderBobby Fischer is considered one of the greatest chess players of all times
Bjarni TryggvasonSeptember 21, 1945Canadian, IcelanderBjarni Tryggvason is a former Icelandic-Canadian astronaut
BjorkNovember 21, 1965IcelanderBjork Guomundsdottie is a singer, lyricist and producer from Iceland
Stefán Karl StefánssonJuly 10, 1975American, IcelanderStefán Karl Stefánsson was an Icelandic film, television, and theatre actor
Leif Erikson970IcelanderLeif Erikson was an Icelandic explorer who became the first European to reach North America
Erik the Red950IcelanderErik the Red was the founder of the first Norse settlement in Greenland
Einar JónssonMay 11, 1874IcelanderEinar Jonsson was Iceland’s first sculptor

Bjork

Bjork Guomundsdottie is a singer, lyricist and producer from Iceland

IcelanderNovember 21, 1965197 views

Erik the Red

Erik the Red was the founder of the first Norse settlement in Greenland

Icelander950122 views

Leif Erikson

Leif Erikson was an Icelandic explorer who became the first European to reach North America

Icelander970171 views

Einar Jónsson

Einar Jonsson was Iceland’s first sculptor

IcelanderMay 11, 1874120 views

Bjarni Tryggvason

Bjarni Tryggvason is a former Icelandic-Canadian astronaut

CanadianSeptember 21, 1945231 views

Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer is considered one of the greatest chess players of all times

AmericanMarch 9, 1943362 views

Stefán Karl Stefánsson

Stefán Karl Stefánsson was an Icelandic film, television, and theatre actor

AmericanJuly 10, 1975177 views