This is me, Rán. An author, artist and illustrator. I’ve also been described as a whimsical blend of a magic elf and a rigid taskmaster. Pretty accurate! Or just another way of saying I’m half Icelandic, half Norwegian.

I live in Reykjavík, where I write and draw books and stories, mainly relating to nature and environmental issues. Sometimes, I give lectures and host workshops, too. I regularly write a free newsletter called The Rán Flygenring Show.

In 2023 my book ELDGOS won the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize.

Selected publications in Icelandic and German

2024 ÁLFAR with Hjörleifur Hjartarson
2021 Koma jól? with Hallgrímur Helgason
2021 Drottningin sem kunni allt nema … with Gunnar Helgason
2020 HESTAR with Hjörleifur Hjartarson
2019 VIGDÍS, bókin um fyrsta konuforsetann
2019 Wie der Wahnsinn mir die Welt erklärte, text by Dita Zipfel, illustrations by Rán.
2018 Sagan um Skarphéðin Dungal, text by Hjörleifur Hjartarson, illustrations by Rán.
2018 Die Reise zum Mittelpunkt des Waldes, text by Finn-Ole Heinrich
2017 FUGLAR with Hjörleifur Hjartarson
The Book Series Die erstaunlichen Abenteuer der Maulina Schmitt with Finn-Ole Heinrich:
– 2015 Ende des Universums
– 2014 Warten auf Wunder
– 2013 Mein Kaputtes Königreich
2013 ÓGÆFA with Hugleikur Dagsson
2011 Frerk, du Zwerg! with Finn-Ole Heinrich

Awards & Press

I have received numerous awards and nominations. For hard facts, have a look at my CV.

Looking for press photos? You can find some nice ones here. Here are a few selected interviews and reviews of my work:
The Nordic Literature Prize Rationale
A Reykjavík Grapevine Interview
The Mantelpiece Review on Volcano
Canvas Rebel interview

Available translations

ELDGOS: English, coming soon in Estonian and Swedish. VIGDÍS: English, French, Faroese, Korean, Japanese and Hebrew. FUGLAR: English and Italian. HESTAR & ÁLFAR: English.
The German books are available in many, many translations. Please get in touch if you need more info on that.

Talks, Workshops & Artivism

I host talks and workshops in Icelandic, English and Norwegian, about drawing, nature, storytelling and other unpredictable topics. Get in touch for more info.

If you’re very curious, have a look at my DesignTalks 2024 lecture, The House of Bird. You could also watch the Grand Puffin Hotel short film infomercial or the BuyNothingShop mockumercial. My whaling and open-net salmon farming visual reports can be found on my Substack page.


Get in touch via email; Please allow some time for a response. You can also find me on Instagram and Facebook. But my dream would be to receive a carrier pigeon. Please send me a carrier pigeon! Note that If your errand regards translations or foreign rights, please contact my foreign rights agency RLA at

Work Samples

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