Translators from Icelandic

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


Philip Roughton

English Enska

Philip Roughton holds a PhD and MA in Comparative Literature and a BA in English and Chinese Language and Literature. He has taught literature at the university level in the US and Iceland, and has translated numerous Icelandic novels, biographies, short stories, film scripts, plays, poetry collections, song lyrics, articles and essays, and scholarly works. For his translation work, awards that he has won or for which he has been nominated include the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Man Booker International Prize, an NEA Translation Fellowship, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize, and others.


Selected Translations

Writers whom he has translated include Halldór Laxness, Jón Kalman Stefánsson, Þórarinn Eldjárn, Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, Oddný Eir, Bergsveinn Birgisson, and others.