Translators from Icelandic

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


Wolfgang Schiffer

German Þýska

Wolfgang Schiffer, born in 1946, studied German literature, philosophy and dramatics at the university of the city Cologne where he is still living. He graduated in 1972 as M.A. and became a freelanced writer until 1976. Afterwards he started to work for radio WDR being in charge of radio-drama and literature. As writer he published radio- and theatreplays, novels and poetry and edited several books on Icelandic literature; as translater from Icelandic literature he focusses on poetry, preverably in collaboration with native-speaking friends. In 1991, for his merits in connection with the dissemination of Icelandic culture in Germany he was made a knight of the Falconorder of Iceland.

Selected Translations

  • „Geahnter Flügelschlag“, selected poems by Stefán Hörður Grímsson, (in collaboration (i.c.) with Franz Gíslason and Jón Thor Gíslason), Verlag Kleinheinrich, 2013
  • „Þorpið – Das Dorf“ by Jón úr Vör, (i.c. with Sigrún Valbergsdóttir and Jón Thor Gíslason), Queich Verlag, 2014
  • „Denen zum Trost, die sich in ihrer Gegenwart nicht finden können“ by Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, (i.c. with Jón Thor Gíslason), ELIF Verlag, 2017
  • „Freiheit“ by Linda Vilhjálmsdóttir, (i.c. with Jón Thor Gíslason), ELIF Verlag, 2018
  • „Gedichte erinnern eine Stimme“ by Sigurður Pálsson, (i.c. with Jón Thor Gíslason), ELIF Verlag, 2019
  • „Handbuch des Erinnerns und Vergessens“ by Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, (i.c. with Jón Thor Gíslason), ELIF Verlag, 2020