Miss Iceland

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Names of contestants are Icelandic names, usually not a family names. That is patronymic (in rare cases matronymic or both such as with a hypen), then for females ending in "dóttir" meaning "daughter (of)". Sometimes family names are used or both systems, however Icelandic persons is properly referred to by the given names. For unusual letters see: Icelandic alphabet for transliteration and pronunciation.
Ungfrú Ísland
Formation 1950
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Reykjavík
Miss Universe
Miss World
Arnar Laufdal Ólafsson
Website Official Website

Miss Iceland (Icelandic: Ungfrú Ísland) is the annual national beauty contest of Iceland. The winner competes in Miss World.


The competition has been carried out since 1950; in the first year it was called Miss Reykjavík (Ungfrú Reykjavík). Since 1955, the contest has taken place under the current name Miss Iceland.

In the past, contest winners gained the right to represent Iceland in Miss Universe, Miss World or Miss International. As of 2009, the winner goes on to compete in Miss World.[1] Runners-up go to Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth.[1][2]

There are six regional preliminary contests in each of the five rural regions and in the capital Reykjavík. 20 to 24 candidates, three to four from each region, take part in the finals.

Iceland is one of the most successful countries at the Miss World pageant with three victories, a record for a nation with a population of less than half million people.

The current owner of the pageant is Arnar Laufdal Ólafsson.

2013 Applicants[edit]

Rafn Rafnsson, the new chief executive of the Miss Iceland contest, "in hopes of diversifying the field of contestants beyond the statuesque blonde with striking blue eyes that has become the Icelandic stereotype" said "There is no Miss Iceland stereotype..."[3][4][5] One week later, in response to Rafnsson's statement, 1,300 people applied to become Miss Iceland,[4][5] including several nontraditional candidates, such as:

  • Sigríður Guðmarsdóttir, 48, a female governmental minister in Reykjavik,[4][5]
  • Reynir Sigurðbjörnsson, 47, a male electrician,[5]
  • Ása Richardsdóttir, a 49-year-old female producer in the fine arts industry,[5]
  • Matthildur Helgadóttir-Jónudóttir, an female event manager also in her 40s,[5]
  • Brynhildur Heiðardóttir Ómarsdóttir, a female literary critic,[5]
  • Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir, a female Member of Parliament for the Social Democratic Alliance[3]
  • Guðrún Jónsdóttir, a spokesperson for Stígamót (organization that fights sexual abuse against women),[3]
  • Hildur Lillendahl, a feminist in Iceland,[3]
  • Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, a city councilor of Reykjavík and feminist,[6]
  • Þórdís Elva Þorvaldsdóttir, a writer and actress,[6]

In response to the increase of nontraditional applicatants, Rafnsson said, "We have to follow the rules set by the international contest."[4][5] This "means rejecting any applicants younger than 18 or older than 24. In addition to the age limits, contestants must be unmarried, childless and, of course, female."[4][5] Íris Telma Jonsdóttir, Iceland's 2012 Miss World contestant, "has the unfortunate job of sifting through applications for the coming Miss Iceland contest and the publicity stirred by feminists has even sparked an abnormally high influx of legitimate hopefuls. That means she has a lot more reading to do before selecting the field of 25 women who will actually compete for a chance to move on to Miss World."[4][5]


Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists

Traditionally, the winner of Miss Iceland represents her country at Miss Universe or Miss World. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.

Year Ungfrú Ísland Notes
1955 Arna Hjörleifsdóttir
1956 Ágústa Guðmundsdóttir
1957 Bryndís Schram
1958 Sigríður Þorvaldsdóttir
1959 Sigríður Geirsdóttir
1960 Sigrún Ragnarsdóttir
1961 María Guðmundsdóttir
1962 Guðrún Bjarnadóttir Miss International 1963
1963 Thelma Ingvarsdóttir
1964 Pálína Jónmundsdóttir
1965 Sigrún Vignisdóttir
1966 Kolbrún Einarsdóttir
1967 Guðrún Pétursdóttir
1968 Jónína Konráðsdóttir
1969 María Baldursdóttir
1970 Erna Jóhannesdóttir
1971 Guðrún Valgarðsdóttir
1972 Þórunn Símonardóttir
1973 Katrin Gisladóttir
1974 Anna Björnsdóttir
1975 Helga Eldon Jónsdóttir
1976 Guðmunda Jóhannesdóttir
1977 Kristjana Þráinsdóttir
Anna Eðvarðsdóttir
1978 Halldóra Jónsdóttir
1979 Kristín Bernharðsdóttir
1980 Elisabet Traustadóttir
1982 Guðrún Möller
1983 Unnur Steinsson
1984 Berglind Johansen
1985 Hólmfríður Karlsdóttir Miss World 1985
1986 Gígja Birgisdóttir
1987 Anna Margrét Jónsdóttir
1988 Linda Pétursdóttir Miss World 1988
1989 Hugrún Guðmundsdóttir
1990 Ásta Sigríður Einarsdóttir
1991 Svava Haraldsdóttir
1992 María Rún Hafliðadóttir
1993 Svala Björk Arnardóttir
1994 Margrét Skúladóttir Sigurz
1995 Hrafnhildur Hafsteinsdóttir
1996 Sólveig Guðmundsdóttir
1997 Harpa Harðardóttir
1998 Guðbjörg Hermannsdóttir
1999 Katrín Baldursdóttir
2000 Elín Magnúsdóttir
2001 Ragnheiður Guðnadóttir
2002 Manuela Ósk Harðardóttir
2003 Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir
2004 Hugrún Harðardóttir
2005 Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir Miss World 2005
2006 Sif Aradóttir
2007 Jóhanna Vala Jónsdóttir
2008 Alexandra Ívarsdóttir
2009 Guðrún Dögg Rúnarsdóttir
2010 Fanney Ingvarsdóttir
2011 Sigrún Eva Ármannsdóttir
2013 Tanja Astþórsdóttir

Lists of Miss Iceland at International pageants[edit]

Miss Universe Iceland[edit]

The winner of Miss Iceland or sometimes runner-up represents her country at Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another girl is sent. Since 2010 Iceland did not compete at the Miss Universe, due to lack sponsorships.

Year Miss Iceland Placement Special awards
United States 1956 Guðlaug Guðmundsdóttir Unplaced
United States 1957 Bryndis Schram Unplaced
United States 1959 Sigríður Þorvaldsdóttir Top 15
United States 1960 Svanhildur Jakobsdóttir Unplaced
United States 1961 Kristjana Magnúsdóttir Top 15
United States 1962 Anna Geirsdóttir 1st Runner-up
United States 1963 Theódóra Þórðardóttir Unplaced
United States 1964 Thelma Ingvarsdóttir Unplaced
United States 1965 Bára Magnúsdóttir Unplaced
United States 1966 Erla Traustadóttir Unplaced
United States 1967 Guðrún Pétursdóttir Unplaced
United States 1968 Helen Knuttsdóttir Unplaced
United States 1969 María Baldursdóttir Unplaced
United States 1970 Erna Jóhannesdóttir Unplaced
United States 1971 Guðrún Valgarðsdóttir Unplaced
Puerto Rico 1972 María Jóhannesdóttir Unplaced
Philippines 1974 Anna Björnsdóttir Unplaced Miss Congeniality
El Salvador 1975 Helga Eldon Jónsdóttir Unplaced
Hong Kong 1976 Guðmunda Jóhannesdóttir Unplaced
Dominican Republic 1977 Kristjana Þráinsdóttir Unplaced
Mexico 1978 Anna Edwards Unplaced
Australia 1979 Halldóra Jónsdóttir Unplaced
South Korea 1980 Guðbjörg Sigurðardóttir Top 12
United States 1981 Elísabet Traustadóttir Unplaced
Peru 1982 Guðrún Möller Unplaced
United States 1983 Unnur Steinsson Unplaced
United States 1984 Berglind Johansen Unplaced
United States 1985 Halla Bryndis Jónsdóttir Unplaced
Panama 1986 Þóra Þrastardóttir Unplaced
Taiwan 1988 Anna Margret Jónsdóttir Unplaced
Mexico 1989 Guðbjörg Gissurardóttir Unplaced
United States 1990 Hildur Dungal Unplaced
United States 1991 Dís Sigurgeirsdóttir Unplaced
Thailand 1992 Svava Haraldsdóttir Unplaced
Mexico 1993 Maria Rún Hafliðadóttir Unplaced
Philippines 1994 Svala Arnardóttir Unplaced
Namibia 1995 Margrét Skúladóttir Sigurz Unplaced
United States 1996 Hrafnhildur Hafsteinsdóttir Unplaced
United States 1997 Sólveig Guðmundsdóttir Unplaced
Panama 2003 Manuela Harðardóttir Withdrew
United States 2006 Sif Aradóttir Unplaced
The Bahamas 2009 Ingibjörg Egilsdóttir Top 15

Miss World Iceland[edit]

The winner of Miss Iceland or sometimes runner-up represents her country at Miss World. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another girl is sent. The following women have represented Iceland in Miss World:

Year Miss Iceland Placement Special awards
United Kingdom 1955 Arna Hjörleifsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1956 Agústa Guðmundsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1957 Rúna Brynjólfdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1958 Hjördis Sigurvinsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1959 Sigurbjörg Sveinsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1960 Kristín Þorvaldsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1961 Jóhanna Kristjánsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1962 Rannveig Ólafsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1963 María Ragnarsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1964 Rósa Einarsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1965 Sigrún Vignisdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1966 Auður Harðardóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1967 Hrefna Steinþórsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1969 Ragnheiður Pétursdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1970 Anna Hansdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1971 Fanney Bjarnadóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1972 Rósa Helgadóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1973 Nína Breiðfjörd Unplaced
United Kingdom 1975 Halldóra Björk Jónsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1976 Sigríður Olgeirsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1977 Sigurlaug Halldórsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1978 Ásdis Loftsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1979 Sigrún Sætran[7] Unplaced
United Kingdom 1981 Ásdis Hannesdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1982 María Björk Sverrisdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1983 Unnur Steinsson 4th Runner-up
United Kingdom 1984 Berglind Johansen Top 15
United Kingdom 1985 Hólmfríður Karlsdóttir Miss World 1985 Queen of Europe
United Kingdom 1986 Gígja Birgisdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1987 Anna Margrét Jónsdóttir 2nd Runner-up
United Kingdom 1988 Linda Pétursdóttir Miss World 1988 Queen of Europe
Hong Kong 1989 Hugrún Guðmundsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1990 Ásta Sigríður Einarsdóttir Unplaced
United States 1991 Svava Haraldsdóttir Unplaced
South Africa 1992 María Rún Hafliðadóttir Unplaced
South Africa 1993 Guðrún Hreiðarsdóttir Unplaced
South Africa 1994 Birna Bragadóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 1999 Katrín Baldursdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 2000 Elva Dögg Melsted Unplaced
South Africa 2001 Kolbrún Helgadóttir Unplaced
China 2003 Regína Jónsdóttir Unplaced
China 2004 Hugrún Harðardóttir Unplaced
China 2005 Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir Miss World 2005 Queen of Europe
Poland 2006 Ásdís Hallgrímsdóttir Unplaced
China 2007 Jóhanna Vala Jónsdóttir Unplaced
South Africa 2008 Alexandra Ívarsdóttir Top 15 Miss World Sport
South Africa 2009 Guðrún Dögg Rúnarsdóttir Unplaced
China 2010 Fanney Ingvarsdóttir Unplaced
United Kingdom 2012 Íris Telma Jónsdóttir Unplaced
Indonesia 2013 Sigríður Dagbjört Ásgeirsdóttir[8] Unplaced
United Kingdom 2014 Tanja Astþórsdóttir Unplaced

Miss International Iceland[edit]

Sometimes the winner of Miss Iceland or runner-up represents her country at Miss International. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another girl is sent. The following women have represented Iceland in Miss International:

Year Miss Iceland Placement Special awards
United States 1960 Sigríður Geirsdóttir 2nd Runner-up Miss Photogenic
United States 1961 Sigrún Ragnarsdóttir 4th Runner-up
United States 1962 María Guðmundsdóttir Top 15
United States 1963 Guðrún Bjarnadóttir Miss International 1963
United States 1964 Elisabeth Sigridur Ottosdóttir Unplaced
United States 1965 Rosa Einarsdóttir Unplaced
United States 1967 Kolbrún Einarsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 1969 Helen Knutsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 1970 Erla Hardardóttir Top 15
United States 1971 Matthildur Gudmundsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 1972 Kolbrún Sveinsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 1973 Helga Eldon Jónsdóttir 2nd Runner-up
Japan 1974 Thorunn Stefánsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 1975 Thorbjorg Gardarsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 1976 Sigrún Sævarsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 1977 Gudrun Helgadóttir Unplaced
Japan 1978 Sigurlaug Halldórsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 1979 Sigrún Björk Sverrisdóttir Unplaced
Japan 1981 Hlíf Hansen Unplaced
Japan 1983 Steinunn Johanna Bergmann Unplaced
Japan 1984 Guðlaug Stella Brynjólfsdóttir Top 15
Japan 1985 Anna Margrét Jónsdóttir Top 15
Japan 1986 Ragna Sæmundsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 1987 Magnea Lovísa Magnúsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 1988 Guðbjörg Gissurardóttir Top 15
Japan 1989 Guðrún Eyjólfsdóttir Top 15
Japan 1990 Thordis Steinunn Steinsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 1991 Sólveig Kristjánsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 1992 Thorunn Larusdóttir Top 15
Japan 1995 Aðalheidur Guðmundsdóttir Top 15
Japan 1996 Auður Geirsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 1998 Guðbjörg Hermannsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 1999 Ásbjörg Kristinsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 2000 Anna Lilja Björnsdóttir Unplaced
Japan 2001 Íris Dögg Orsdóttir Unplaced
China 2004 Halldóra Rut Bjarnadóttir Unplaced
Japan 2013 Sigrún Eva Ármannsdóttir Top 15

Miss Supranational Iceland[edit]

Sometimes Miss Iceland will be crowning as Miss Supranational Iceland by another organization. Iceland debut in 2010.

Year Miss Iceland Placement Special awards
Poland 2010 Anita Hjartardóttir Unplaced
Poland 2011 Guðræun Dögg Rúnarsdóttir Top 20
Poland 2012 Sigrún Eva Ármannsdóttir Top 20
Belarus 2013 Fanney Ingvarsdóttir Unplaced

Best results[edit]

Pageant Year Placement
Miss Universe 1962 1st Runner-up
Miss World 1985, 1988, 2005 Winner[3]
Miss International 1963 Winner[3]
Miss Europe 1978, 1988, 1990, 1992 2nd place

Pageant Notes[edit]

  • Unnur Steinsson was Miss Iceland 1983 and finished in the top five positions at the Miss World finals the same year. She is the mother of Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir who won the Miss Iceland pageant in 2005 and became Miss World 2005.[3] Steinsson was three months pregnant when she carried Unnur and competed in the 1983 contest, which was strictly forbidden and could have led to disqualification. Her daughter, Unnur, as mentioned, won the pageant 22 years later.
  • In 2011, Guðlaug Dagmar Jónasdóttir won second place and Sigríður Dagbjört Ásgeirsdóttir won third place.[3]


  1. ^ a b ungfruisland.is/umkeppnina.php?lang=is, „Upplýsingar um keppnina“, skoðað 25. maí 2007
  2. ^ Here comes Iceland's first Miss Earth delegate
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "MP signs up for Miss Iceland Beauty Contest". News of Iceland. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f JERVELL, ELLEN EMMERENTZE (26 July 2013). "Miss Iceland Gets a Chilly Reception From Feminists". Barrons Online. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j JERVELL, ELLEN EMMERENTZE (July 26, 2013). "Miss Iceland Gets a Chilly Reception From Feminists". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Large and Hairy Feminists flock to sign up for Miss Iceland contest". News of Iceland. 15 June 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  7. ^ http://timarit.is/view_page_init.jsp?issId=228164&lang=gl
  8. ^ "Sigridur Dagbjort Asgeirsdottir Appointed Miss World Iceland 2013". 20 August 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 

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