Miss Iceland

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Ungfrú Ísland
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss World
Official language
Björn Leifsson
WebsiteOfficial website

Miss Iceland (Icelandic: Ungfrú Ísland) is a national beauty pageant in Iceland. This pageant is unrelated to Miss Universe Iceland contest.


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.

In 2012, the contest did not take place.[3]

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..."[4][5][6] One week later, in response to Rafnsson's statement, 1,300 people applied to become Miss Iceland,[5][6] including several nontraditional candidates, such as:

  • Sigríður Guðmarsdóttir, 48, a female governmental minister in Reykjavik[5][6]
  • Reynir Sigurðbjörnsson, 47, a male electrician[6]
  • Ása Richardsdóttir, a 49-year-old female producer in the fine arts industry[6]
  • Matthildur Helgadóttir-Jónudóttir, a female event manager also in her 40s[6]
  • Brynhildur Heiðardóttir Ómarsdóttir, a female literary critic[6]
  • Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir, a female Member of Parliament for the Social Democratic Alliance[4]
  • Guðrún Jónsdóttir, a spokesperson for Stígamót (organization that fights sexual abuse against women)[4]
  • Hildur Lillendahl, a feminist in Iceland[4]
  • Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, a city councilor of Reykjavík and feminist[7]
  • Þórdís Elva Þorvaldsdóttir, a writer and actress[7]

In response to the increase of nontraditional applicants, Rafnsson said, "We have to follow the rules set by the international contest."[5][6] 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."[5][6] 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."[5][6]


Color key
  •      Declared as winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Miss Iceland Miss World Iceland Placement at Miss World
1955 Arna Hjörleifsdóttir Arna Hjorleifsdóttir
1956 Ágústa Guðmundsdóttir Agusta Gudmundsdóttir
1957 Bryndís Schram Runa Brynjolfdóttir
1958 Sigríður Þorvaldsdóttir Hjordis Sigurvinsdóttir
1959 Sigríður Geirsdóttir Sigurbjörg Sveinsdóttir
1960 Sigrún Ragnarsdóttir Kristin Thorvaldsdóttir
1961 María Guðmundsdóttir Johanna Kolbrun Kristjansdóttir
1962 Guðrún Bjarnadóttir
Miss International 1963
Rannveig Olafsdóttir
1963 Thelma Ingvarsdóttir
Miss Scandinavia 1963
Maria Ragnarsdóttir
1964 Pálína Jónmundsdóttir Rosa Einarsdóttir
1965 Sigrún Vignisdóttir Sigrun Vignisdóttir
1966 Kolbrún Einarsdóttir Audur Hardardóttir
1967 Guðrún Pétursdóttir Hrefna Wigelund Steinthorsdóttir
1968 Jónína Konráðsdóttir N/A
1969 María Baldursdóttir Ragnheidur Pétursdóttir
1970 Erna Jóhannesdóttir Anna Scheving Hansdóttir
1971 Guðrún Valgarðsdóttir Fanney Bjarnadóttir
1972 Þórunn Símonardóttir Rosa Helgadóttir
1973 Katrín Gisladóttir Nina Breidfjord
1974 Anna Björnsdóttir
Miss Congeniality
Miss Universe 1974
1975 Helga Eldon Jónsdóttir Halldora Björk Jonsdóttir
1976 Guðmunda Jóhannesdóttir Sigridur Helga Olgeirsdóttir
1977 Kristjana Þráinsdóttir
Sigurlaug Halldórsdóttir
Anna Eðvarðsdóttir
1978 Halldóra Jónsdóttir Asdis Loftsdóttir
1979 Kristín Bernharðsdóttir Sigrun Saetran
1980 Elisabet Traustadóttir Asdis Eva Hannesdóttir
1982 Guðrún Möller Maria Bjork Sverrisdóttir
1983 Unnur Steinsson Unnur Steinsson 4th Runner-up
1984 Berglind Johansen Berglind Johansen Top 15
1985 Halla Bryndis Jonsdóttir Hólmfríður Karlsdóttir Miss World 1985
1986 Gígja Birgisdóttir Gigja Birgisdóttir
1987 Anna Margrét Jónsdóttir Anna Margret Jonsdóttir 2nd Runner-up
1988 Linda Pétursdóttir Linda Pétursdóttir Miss World 1988
1989 Hugrún Linda Guðmundsdóttir Hugrun Linda Gudmundsdóttir
1990 Ásta Sigríður Einarsdóttir Asta Sigridur Einarsdóttir
1991 Svava Haraldsdóttir Svava Haraldsdóttir
1992 María Rún Hafliðadóttir Maria Run Haflidadóttir
1993 Svala Björk Arnardóttir Gudrun Hreidarsdóttir
1994 Margrét Skúladóttir Sigurz Birna Bragadóttir
1995 Hrafnhildur Hafsteinsdóttir N/A
1996 Sólveig Guðmundsdóttir N/A
1997 Harpa Harðardóttir N/A
1998 Guðbjörg Hermannsdóttir N/A
1999 Katrín Baldursdóttir Katrin Baldursdóttir
2000 Elín Magnúsdóttir Elva Dögg Melsted
2001 Ragnheiður Guðnadóttir Kolbrún Palina Helgadóttir
2002 Manuela Ósk Harðardóttir
Miss Scandinavia 2002 (1st Runner-up)
2003 Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir Regína Dilja Jónsdóttir
2004 Hugrún Harðardóttir Hugrún Harðardóttir
2005 Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir Unnur Birna Vilhjálmsdóttir Miss World 2005
2006 Sif Aradóttir Ásdís Svava Hallgrímsdóttir
2007 Jóhanna Vala Jónsdóttir Jóhanna Vala Jónsdóttir
2008 Alexandra Ívarsdóttir Alexandra Ívarsdóttir
2009 Guðrún Dögg Rúnarsdóttir Guðrún Dögg Rúnarsdóttir
2010 Fanney Ingvarsdóttir Fanney Ingvarsdóttir
2011 Sigrún Eva Ármannsdóttir Sigrún Eva Ármannsdóttir
2013 Tanja Ástþórsdóttir Tanja Ástþórsdóttir
2015 Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir
2016 Anna Orlowska Anna Orlowska
2017 Ólafía Ósk Finnsdóttir Ólafía Ósk Finnsdóttir
2018 Erla Ólafsdóttir Erla Ólafsdóttir

Miss International Iceland[edit]

Year Miss Iceland Placement at Miss International
1960 Sigriður Geirsdóttir 2nd Runner-up
1961 Sigrún Ragnarsdóttir 4th Runner-up
1962 Maria Gudmundsdóttir Top 15
1963 Guðrún Bjarnadóttir Miss International 1963
1964 Elisabet Sigríður Ottósdóttir Top 15
1965 Rósa Einarsdóttir
1967 Kolbrún Einarsdóttir
1969 Helen Knútsdóttir
1970 Erla Hardardóttir Top 15
1971 Matthildur Guðmundsdóttir
1972 Kolbrún Sveinsdóttir
1973 Helga Eldon Jonsdóttir 2nd Runner-up
1974 Þórunn Stefánsdóttir
1975 Þorbjörg Garðarsdóttir
1976 Sigrún Saevarsdóttir
1977 Guðrún Helgadóttir
1978 Sigurlaug Halldórsdóttir
1979 Sigrún Björk Sverrisdóttir
1981 Hlíf Hansen
1983 Steinunn Jóhanna Bergmann
1984 Guðlaug Stella Brynjólfsdottir Top 10
1985 Anna Margret Jónsdóttir Top 15
1986 Ragna Sæmundsdóttir
1987 Magnea Lovisa Magnusdóttir
1988 Guðbjörg Gissurardóttir Top 15
1989 Guðrun Eyjólfsdóttir Top 15
1990 Þórdis Steinunn Steinsdóttir
1991 Sólveig Kristjansdóttir
1992 Þórunn Larusdóttir Top 15
1995 Lovísa Guðmundsdóttir Top 15
1996 Auður Geirsdóttir
1998 Guðbjörg Sigridur Hermannsdóttir
1999 Ásbjörg Kristinsdóttir
2000 Anna Lilja Björnsdóttir
2001 Íris Dögg Oddsdóttir
2004 Halldóra Rut Bjarnadóttir
2013 Sigrún Eva Ármannsdóttir Top 15

Best results[edit]

Pageant Year Placement
Miss World 1985, 1988, 2005 Winner[4]
Miss Universe 1962 1st runner-up
Miss International 1963 Winner[4]
Miss Europe 1978, 1988, 1990, 1992 1st runner-up
Miss Scandinavia 1963, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2008 Winner

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.[4] 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.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Upplýsingar um keppnina" (in Icelandic). Archived from the original on 15 July 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2007.
  2. ^ Here comes Iceland's first Miss Earth delegate
  3. ^ JERVELL, ELLEN. "Critical Beauty - People of All Ages, Including a Few Men, Enter Contest as a Protest". www.criticalbeauty.com. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "MP signs up for Miss Iceland Beauty Contest". News of Iceland. 14 July 2013. Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j JERVELL, ELLEN EMMERENTZE (26 July 2013). "Miss Iceland Gets a Chilly Reception From Feminists". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Large and Hairy Feminists flock to sign up for Miss Iceland contest". News of Iceland. 15 June 2013. Archived from the original on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2013.

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