Translators from Icelandic

A list of active translators from Icelandic into several languages, some information about them and their translations.


Anna Yates

English Enska

Anna Yates is of mixed Icelandic and English origin. She grew up mostly in the UK and a little in France, and has lived and worked in Iceland since the 1980s. She holds a history degree from the University of Bristol and a Bacc. phil. isl. (Icelandic for foreign students) degree from the University of Iceland. After some years as a journalist/translator at Iceland Review, Anna has worked as a translator since the 1990s. She is a generalist who translates on a wide range of subjects (anything but banking and finance). Her topics of particular interest include Icelandic history, arts and culture, and she translates regularly for academics, museums and art galleries. She is the author of The Viking Discovery of America (1993)revised edition 2018, Gudrun Publishing.

Selected Translations


  • Down to Earth – A Memoir by Gísli Pálsson (with Katrina Downs-Rose), forthcoming from Punctum Books
  • From Earth – Earth Architecture in Iceland by Hjörleifur Stefánsson (with Katrina Downs-Rose), Gullinsnið/National Museum of Iceland 2019
  • A Tale of a Fool? A Microhistory of an 18th-century Peasant Woman by Guðný Hallgrímsdóttir, Routledge 2019
  • The Corsairs' Longest Voyage – the Turkish Raid in Iceland 1627 by Þorsteinn Helgason, Brill 2018
  • Treasures of the National Museum of Iceland by Margrét Hallgrímsdóttir (with Katrina Downs-Rose), National Museum of Iceland 2017
  • On the Point of Erupting – a selections of poems by Einar Már Guðmundsson (with other translators), Mál og menning 2016
  • The Man Who Stole Himself – the Slave Odyssey of Hans Jonathan by Gísli Pálsson, University of Chicago Press 2016
  • Season of the Witch by Árni Þórarinsson, AmazonCrossing 2012
  • Outrage by Arnaldur Indriðason, Harvill Secker 2011
  • My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir (with Bernard Scudder), Hodder & Stoughton 2009
  • Galdrakver/Book of Magic, National and University Library of Iceland 2004
  • A Brief History of Iceland by Gunnar Karlsson, Mál og menning 2000
  • A Traveller's Guide to Icelandic Folktales by Jón R. Hjálmarsson, Iceland Review 2000
  • Reykjavík of the Painters by Hrafnhildur Schram, Mál og menning 2000
  • I Am the Maestro (play) by Hrafnhildur Hagalín Guðmundsdóttir 1995
  • High Days and Holidays in Iceland by Árni Björnsson, Mál og menning 1995