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20 Famous People in Iceland… Iceland. The first thing which came to mind is probably a very cold place with jagged mountain edges and sparse vegetation covered in snow.
Iceland is one of the Scandinavian countries and they are located close to the North Pole.
Iceland’s population is put at about 350,000 averagely yet it is by no means a small country in terms of achievements. From sports to movies to music to education and technology, Iceland has produced so many famous people who have gone on to be known round the world.
Below are 20 famous people in Iceland. Do note that this list isn’t in any particular order of popularity or importance.
- Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir
Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir is a singer and actress from Iceland. She’s starred in many films and TV shows such as Jar City (2006), Audur in Country Wedding (2007), Bjarnfreðarson (2009) and the TV show “See ya with Silvia Night“.
She was born in 28 July, 1982.
- Magnús Scheving
Magnús Scheving born “Magnús Örn Eyjólfsson Scheving” was born on the 10th of November, 1964. He’s a writer, author, producer, businessman, actor and athlete. He’s famous for starring, directing and creating the popular children’s television show called “LazyTown” and portraying the onscreen character, Sportacus.
Magnús Scheving is the CEO of LazyTown Enternmainment who are the producers of the LazyTown children show and has been aired all over the world since 2003 by Nickelodeon which is a co-partner.
- Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is currently the holder of The World’s Strongest Man title. He is Icelandic too. Asides being a strongman and powerlifter, he is also an and a former professional basketball player.
As an actor, he is famous for playing Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the popular HBO TV series, Game of Thrones. He is also famous for playing the onscreen character, Mongkut in the flim Kickboxer : Retaliation in 2017.
- Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson
Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson is an Icelandic photographer whose specialty is in landscapes of Iceland, Greenland and the Artic in their natural most beautiful states.
He became famous worldwide for his viral photographs of the active volcano Eyjafjallajökull while it was erupting.
- Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir, Miss World 2005
Unnur Birna (now Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir) is Miss World 2005 and also Miss Iceland 2005. She is Icelandic and incredibly has many careers such as being a lawyer, an actress, a model as well as a former beauty queen. She is also into event hosting as a compere.
She was born on the 25th of May, 1984 and she is also the daughter of former Miss World 1983 finalist and winner of Miss Iceland 1983.
now Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir has featured in acclaimed movies such as Jóhannesn playing the character Tota and The Higher Force as Anna who was the girl on the dance floor.
- Magnús Ver Magnússon, four-time winner of World’s Strongest Man
Magnús Ver Magnússon is a famous strongman and powerlifter from Iceland who won the World’s Strongest Man title an incredible four times, first in 1991 then consecutively in 1994, 1995 and 1996.
He was born in 1963.
- Jón Páll Sigmarsson, four-time winner of World’s Strongest Man
Jón Páll Sigmarsson who died aged 33 years old was the first man to win the World’s Strongest Man title an incredible four times. He was an Icelandic bodybuilder, powerlifter and and strongman with the reputation as being one of the greatest strongmen and weightlifter in history.
He’s credited for putting Iceland on the world map as a sporting power.
- Benedikt Magnússon, past deadlift world record holder
- Bobby Fischer, former world chess champion, granted Icelandic citizenship on 21 March 2005
Bobby Fischer with real names Robert James Fischer was born in 1943 and died in 2008. He was born an American and a Chess Grandmaster, holding the record of the eleventh World Chess Champion. He is argued to be the greatest chess player of all time.
He later acquired Icelandic citizenship and so he is regarded as an Icelandic famous person too.
- Gylfi Sigurðsson, professional footballer, currently at Everton F.C.
Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson is a professional footballer for the English Premiership team, Everton FC and a player for the Iceland Men National Football team.
Gylfi is a main stay for the national team and took part in the Russia 2018 Fifa Men’s World Cup. He was also part of the Iceland team which reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA EUROS 2016 which is Iceland’s first major participation in an men’s football competition.
- Eggert Jónsson, professional footballer, currently at Wolverhampton Wanderers
Eggert Jónsson is an Icelandic professional football player and became popular when he played many roles in the English Premier League team, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
Eggert Jónsson is regarded as part of Iceland’s golden generation of football players.
- Anita Briem, actress
Anita Briem is an Icdelandic actress born on May 29, 1982 who is famous for her role portraying the onscreen character, Jane Seymour on the television series, The Tudors.
Other famous people in Iceland are;
- Halldór Kiljan Laxness, writer, poet, Nobel Prizewinner
- Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson, billionaire entrepreneur
- Ólafur Stefánsson, handball player, Rhein-Neckar Löwen. Formerly of Wuppertal, Magdeburgand Ciudad Real.
- Guðjón Valur Sigurðsson, handball player who plays for Rhein-Neckar Löwen in Germany.
- Hólmfríður “Hófí” Karlsdóttir, Miss World 1985
- Linda Pétursdóttir, Miss World 1988
- Björk Guðmundsdóttir, singer and songwriter more commonly known as Björk.
- Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason, poet, writer, musician
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