Þýðendur á erlend mál

Hér neðar er listi yfir þýðendur íslenskra bókmennta á fjölmörg erlend tungumál.

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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 25 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.


Júlían Meldon D´Arcy - English Enska

Julian Meldon D'Arcy has postgraduate degrees from the universities of Lancaster and Aberdeen in the United Kingdom and has lived and worked as an academic in Iceland for more than forty years, eventually becoming Professor of English Literature at the University of Iceland. Apart from teaching modern British, American, and Scottish literature (on which he has published two books), he has also translated into English a variety of Icelandic publications, including novels, short stories, poetry, folklore, local histories and nature books, as well as children's fiction, song lyrics and television and feature film subtitles/screenplays. 

Selected Translations


  • 2018: Fairy Tales and Legends – A Journey: ICELAND, by Helmut Hinrichsen (collator) and Max Schmid (photographer). Salenstein (Switzerland): Benteli Publishing. [Folklore]
  • 2018: “A Day in the Life of a Child,” by Rúnar Helgi Vignisson, in The Radiance of the Short Story: Fiction from around the Globe, ed. Maurice A. Lee and Aaron Penn. Lee and Penn Publishing, pp. 482-87. [Fiction]
  • 2017: “Travelling Companion,” by Rúnar Helgi Vignisson, in Out of the Blue: New Short Fiction from Iceland, ed. Helen Mitsios. Minneapolis & London: University of Minneapolis Press, pp. 116-25. [Fiction]
  • 2017: Lífæðin / Lifeline, by Pepe Brix & Arnþór Gunnarsson. Reykjavík: Vaka       Helgafell. [History of fishing industry in S.E. Iceland]
  • 2016: The Glaciers of Iceland: A Historical, Cultural and Scientific Overview, by Helgi Björnsson. Amsterdam: Atlantis Press. [Geology]
  • 2014: Of Icelandic Nobles and Idiot Savants, by Þórbergur Þórðarson. With Introduction & Notes. (With Hallberg Hallmundsson). Reykjavík: Brú. [Autofiction]
  • 2014: Egil's Saga: An Icelandic Classic, by Brynhildur Þórarinsdóttir & Halldór     Baldursson (with Philip Roughton). Illustrated. London: Real Reads. [Children's book].
  • 2012: The Story of the Blue Planet, by Andri Snær Magnason. Illustrated. New    York: Seven Stories Press; London: Pushkin Press.  [Winner of the UK      Literacy Association Prize for Best Children's Book of the Year, 7-11 Year-  olds, 2013]
  • 2012: The Stones Speak, by Þórbergur Þórðarson. With Introduction & Notes. Reykjavík: Mál og Menning. [Autofiction]
  • 2011: Hlíðargötur / Sideroads, by Jónas Þorbjarnason. Dual language edition      (with Ástráður Eysteinsson). Reykjavík: Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute for    Foreign Languages & University of Iceland Press. [Poetry]
  • 2000: The Lodger and Other Stories, by Svava Jakobsdóttir. Reykjavík:     University of Iceland Press. [Fiction]


Keneva Kunz - English Enska

University of Manitoba, Canada, BA (Hons) 1975, MA 1977, Icelandic and linguistics

Københavns universitet (University of Copenhagen), PhD 1991, English and Applied Linguistics

Managing director/translator, Scriptorium ehf. since 1996, with interruptions

Editor, translator and director of language services, Landsbanki Íslands hf., 2004-2008

Editor, Nordregio, Nordic centre for spatial planning and regional development, Stockholm, 1998-2000

Translator and editor, Leifur Eiríksson Publishers, Reykjavík, for Sagas of Icelanders

Director, Institute of Foreign Languages, University of Iceland, 1993-1995

Adjudicator for the Ministry of Justice in awarding certification to translators in 1996, 1997, 2002, 2006

Editor for the World Health Organisation WHO, European Office, in Copenhagen, 1992-1997

Special revisor of Icelandic translations of EU legislation in Brussels, for the Agreement on a European Economic Area

Selected Translations

  • Childhood, Youth and Upbringing in the Age of Absolutism: an exercise in socio-historic analysis by Loftur Guttormsson, University of Iceland 2017.
  • Where the Winds Dwell by Böðvar Guðmundsson (Turnstone Press: Winnipeg, October 2000), nominated for the Canadian John Glasscoe Translation Prize
  • Travelling Passions. The Hidden Life of Vilhjálmur Stefánsson, by Gísli Pálsson. (2005)
  • Laxdæla saga, Heiðarvíga saga, the Vinland Sagas in the Complete Sagas of Icelanders (Leifur Eiríksson: Reykjavík 1997)
  • Laxdæla Saga, Grænlendinga Saga, Eiríks saga Rauða, in Sagas of Icelanders (Penguin: Harmondsworth, 2000)
  • Essay on the Eruptions (book-length 18th-century work on catastrophic eruptions in Iceland), pub. by Assoc. of Icelandic Geologists (University of Iceland Press: Reykjavík 1998).


Björg Árnadóttir / Andrew Cauthery - English Enska

Born and educated in Reykjavík, Björg Árnadóttir graduated from the Icelandic National Theatre School; she has lived in England since 1971, working as actor, writer, director, broadcaster and specialist teacher of dyslexic children. Her British husband Andrew Cauthery, an Oxford law graduate and musician, is fluent in Icelandic, which he learnt while working with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra; he later became principal oboe at English National Opera. Björg and Andrew have worked together for many years, translating both English into Icelandic and Icelandic into English, working on a wide variety of manuscripts including books on Icelandic nature and technical topics, film and TV subtitling, as well as literature. An advantage of their working as a couple is that, whichever the direction of translation, the final product is always read over by the relevant 'mother tongue' speaker.

Selected Translations

  • Three novels by Viktor Arnar Ingólfsson published by Amazon Crossing: House of Evidence (2012), Daybreak (2013), and Sun on Fire (2014)
  • Reykjavík Walks by Guðjón Friðriksson, published by Hildur (2014)
  • Lake Mývatn – People and Places by Björg Árnadóttir (a different one!), published by Stílvopnið (2015)
  • Villi's Book of Science by Vilhelm Anton Jónsson, published by Edda (2016)
  • What? Where? How? In Iceland by Árni Tryggvason, published by Nýhöfn (2017)
  • And the Wind Sees All by Guðmundur Andri Thorsson, published by Peirene Press (2018)
  • Booklet and wall captions for the exhibition Lífsblómið at National Gallery of Iceland (2018)
  • The Casket of Time by Andri Snær Magnason, published by Restless Books (2019)



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.




David McDuff - English Enska

M.A. (Hons.), Ph.D.

University of Edinburgh 1962-1971

Born 1945. Literary translator and critic.

Selected Translations

  • Bjarni Bjarnason: The Return of the Divine Mary (Red Hand Books, UK, 2017)
  • Bjarni Bjarnason: The Reputation (Red Hand Books, UK, 2017)
  • Brushstrokes of Blue [with Bernard Scudder]: The Young Poets of Iceland, anthology, ed. P. Valsson (Shad Thames Books/Greyhound Press, UK, 1994)
  • Einar Kárason: Devil's Island (Canongate, UK, 2000)
  • Hjálmar Jónsson (“Bólu-Hjálmar”): Selected Poems (John Brown Press, USA, 2017)
  • Ólafur Gunnarsson: Gaga (Penumbra Press, Toronto, Canada, 1988)
  • Ólafur Gunnarsson: Trolls' Cathedral (Shad Thames Books/Mare's Nest, UK, 1992)
  • Ólafur Gunnarsson: Million-Percent Men (FORLAGIÐ JPV útgáfa, Iceland, 2008)





Larissa Kyzer - English Enska

Larissa Kyzer holds a Master's degree in Translation Studies from the University of Iceland, as well as a Master's in Library and Information Science, and a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature. In 2012, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to Iceland, where she lived, worked, and studied for five years. Larissa is a member of the American Literary Translators' Association, the PEN America Translation Committee, the Ós Pressan Literary Collective, and is on the advisory board of the Ritver í Reykjavík writing center for children. She will be the fall 2019 Translator in Residence at Princeton University. 

Selected Translations

  • A Fist or a Heart (Elín, ýmislegt) - Kristín Eiríksdóttir; AmazonCrossing (USA), 2019.
  • The Ninth Step (Níunda sporið) - Ingvi Þór Kormáksson; ShieldCrest (UK), 2019.
  • Birds (Fuglar) - Hjörleifur Hjartarson & Rán Flygenring; Angústúra Forlag (ISL), 2018.
  • Screenshot (Skjáskot) - Bergur Ebbi Benediktsson; Forlagið (ISL), forthcoming 2019.
  • Fíasól Never Gives Up (Fíasól gefst aldrei upp) - Kristín Helga Gunnarsdóttir; on behalf of the author.
  • The Stuff of Nightmares (Eitthvað illt á leiðinni er) - ed. Markus Már Efraím; on behalf of the editor, forthcoming.



Sarah Brownsberger - English Enska

Specialties: poetry, prose, artists' texts, art criticism.


I am a poet, essayist, and Icelandic-English translator. A citizen of Iceland and the United States, I am a member of the Writers' Union of Iceland (RSÍ).


I translate poetry, art texts, art criticism, and fiction from Icelandic to English for writers, artists, art institutions, and publishers. 

Selected Translations

  • Anna Jóhannsdóttir, Sheaths, lyrical art text (forthcoming).
  • Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir, Universal Sugar, art text, ASÍ Art Museum, 2019.
  • Kristín Ómarsdóttir, “It Took So Long to Invent the Woman,” essay and interview in Korabiewski and Loðmfjörð, NS-12, Berlin (Hatje Kantz), 2019.
  • Kristín Ómarsdóttir, “My Town,” essay in Icelandair Stopover, Summer 2018.
  • Einar Már Guðmundsson, Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Hallgrímur Helgason, and Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir, poems, in West and Isaksen, EyeSound, National Museum of Iceland, 2018.
  • Ósk Vilhjámsdóttir, covering the distance (land undir fót), Reykjavik/Berlin, 2018.
  • Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir, poems, in Massimo Lupidi, Iceland: Visions of Earth, Sassi Editori, 2017.
  • Oddný Eir, “On the Way Down,” essay, World Literature Today, Nov.-Dec. 2016 
  • Kees Visser, Ups and Downs, Reykjavik (Crymogea), 2013. Kees Visser, Ólafur Gíslason, Halldór Björn Rúnólfsson.
  • Kristín Ómarsdóttir, “Seven Letters,” in Katrín Sigurðardóttir, Foundation, The Pavilion of Iceland at the Venice Biennale, Vincenza (Marsilio), 2013.
  • Harpa Árnadóttir, June. Reykjavik (Crymogea), 2011.
  • Gabríela Friðriksdóttir, poems for Crepusculum, Frankfurt (Kehrer), 2011.
  • Ólafur Gíslason, Guðjón Ketilsson, Reykjavik (Crymogea), 2010.
  • Gyrðir Elíasson, “The Old Painter” in Elías B. Halldórsson, Uppheimar, 2008.
  • Sigfús Bjartmarsson, Raptorhood, a novel, Uppheimar, 2007.


Literary translations include work by or for Bragi Ólafsson, Einar Már Guðmundsson, Gyrðir Elíasson, Guðrún Hannesdóttir, Harpa Árnadóttir, Hallgrímur Helgason, Kristín Ómarsdóttir, Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir, Pétur Gunnarsson, Sigfús Bjartmarsson, Sigurbjörg Þrastardóttir, Sigurlín Bjarney Gísladóttir, Úlfhildur Magnúsdóttir, the Reykjavik Municipal Library (excerpts from works by Elías Mar, Guðbergur Bergsson, and Sjón), and the Reykjavik UNESCO Literary City (poems and prose by Benedikt Gröndal, Elías Mar, Gestur Pálsson, Gunnar Gunnarsson, Hannes Hafstein, Ingibjörg Benediktsdóttir, Jakobína Sigurðardóttir, Margrét Jónsdóttir, Steinn Steinarr, Tryggvi Emilsson, Vilborg Dagbjörtsdóttir, and Þorarinn Eldjárn).


Website: sarahbrownsberger.com


Meg Matich - English Enska

She earned her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Columbia University's prestigious Creative Writing and Literary Translation program, going on to receive a Fulbright grant to Iceland.

She's received grants and fellowships for her work from organizations like the DAAD, UNESCO, PEN, and the Fulbright Commission and has translated poetry for UNESCO. She recently attended LitTransformer in Lviv, Ukraine as a representative of Reykjavik UNESCO.

Selected Translations

Among other projects, Meg has collaborated with poet Magnús Sigurðsson on an anthology of Icelandic poetry for The Cafe Review (Summer 2018) and translated a book of essays dedicated to the world's first democratically elected female president, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir (2019)

Cold Moons (2017 Phoneme Media/Deep Vellum) by Magnús Sigurðsson is Meg Matich's first full-length translation. Her translation of Þóra Hjörleifsdóttir‘s Magma will be published U.S. by Grove Atlantic and Picador in 2020.

Meg is one of few immigrant members of the Icelandic Writers' Union. She is also a member of the Author's Guild.

Meglenska,” the name of her small business, is an homage to the strange journey of coming to know herself through Icelandic.


Rory McTurk - English Enska

Rory McTurk graduated from Oxford in 1963 (with B.A. Hons in English) and from the University of Iceland, Reykjavík, in 1965 (with Baccalaureatus Philologiae Islandicae). From 1967-69 he taught at the Universities of Lund and Copenhagen, and from 1969-78 at University College Dublin. In 1978 he moved to the University of Leeds, where he was appointed Supervisor of Icelandic Studies in 1979, and promoted to Reader and Professor, also in Icelandic Studies, in 1994 and 2006. For his dissertation on Ragnars saga loðbrókar he was awarded his doctorate by the National University of Ireland in 1985.

His translations from Old Icelandic include ‘Kormak's saga' [Kormáks saga], in Sagas of Warrior-poets, ed. Diana Whaley (London: Penguin, 2002) and Ragnarr loðbrók's death-song Krákumál, in vol. VIII of Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages, ed. Margaret Clunies Ross (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017). From Modern Icelandic he has translated three novels by Steinunn Sigurðardóttir, The Thief of Time [Tímaþjófurinn] (Reykjavík: Mál og menning, 2007), Yo-yo [jójó] (London: World Editions, 2015), and (not yet published) Women of Quality [Gæðakonur], as well as two narrative poems by Gerður Kristný, both published at Todmorden by Arc Publications: Bloodhoof: Blóðhófnir (2012) and Drápa: A Reykjavík Murder mystery (2018).


Quentin Bates - English Enska

Quentin Bates lived in Iceland throughout the 1980s, working both ashore and at sea, including studying to qualify as a ship's officer. Since returning to Britain he has been (mostly) a maritime journalist, before branching out into fiction with a series of novels set in Iceland, as well as translations of novels from Icelandic to English.

Selected Translations

  • Ragnar Jónasson's Dark Iceland series of five novels
  • Lilja Sigurðardóttir's Reykjavík Noir trilogy
  • The Edge of the World by Sigurjón Magnússon
  • Storm Birds by Einar Kárason
  • Bowline by Guðlaugur Arason
  • Cab 79 by Indriði G Thorsteinsson