Translators from Icelandic

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


Karl-Ludwig Wetzig

German Þýska

After completing his studies in the fields of German Language and Literature, History and Scandinavian studies at the universities of Bonn and Uppsala, Karl-Ludwig Wetzig became a research assistant at the Institute of Scandinavian Studies at the Göttingen University, as well as in German Research Foundation's Special Research Project on Literary translation. From 1992 to 1998 he lived in Iceland and taught German language and literature as DAAD-lecturer at the University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands). Since then he has been translating literature from Iceland and the other Nordic countries into German. For his translation of Hallgrímur Helgason's novel 101 Reykjavík he was honoured with a prize of the renowned Dialog-Werkstatt Zug, Switzerland, and has received several scholarships of the Icelandic Writers Association, Gunnar Gunnarsson Institute, Irish and German Translators Associations and Finnish Literary Society. 

Selected Translations

So far he has translated from Icelandic 5 novels of Hallgrímur Helgason, 11 novels of Jón Kalman Stefánsson and works of Gunnar Gunnarsson, Guðbergur Bergsson, Gerður Kristný and others, as well as the Saga of Brennu-Njáll and Laxdæla saga from Old Icelandic.