Translators from Icelandic

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


Victoria Cribb


English Enska

Victoria Cribb (MA, Scandinavian Studies, UCL; BPhil, Icelandic as a Foreign Language, University of Iceland) spent a number of years travelling and working in Iceland before becoming a full-time translator in 2002.

Selected Translations

She has translated more than 30 books by Icelandic authors including Sjón, Arnaldur Indriðason, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Ragnar Jónasson, Gyrðir Elíasson and Andri Snær Magnússon, and poetry by Gerður Kristný. A number of these works have been nominated for prizes. Recent nominations include CoDex 1962 by Sjón, long-listed for the 2019 Best Translated Book Award (Fiction), and the PEN America Translation Prize, and The Darkness by Ragnar Jónasson, short-listed for the UK's 2019 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year. Another of her Sjón translations, In the Mouth of the Whale, was short-listed for the UK's 2012 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the 2013 International Dublin Literary Award, and her translation of Yrsa Sigurðardóttir's The Silence of the Sea won the UK's 2015 Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year. In 2017 she received the Orðstír honorary translation award in recognition of her contribution to the translation of Icelandic literature. She now lives in Vienna, Austria.