Ari Trausti Guðmundsson

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Ari Trausti Guðmundsson

Ari Trausti Guðmundsson (born December 3, 1948 in Reykjavík ) is an Icelandic geologist, writer and politician ( left-green movement ).


His mother Lydia Pálsdóttir came from Munich . His father was the painter and sculptor Guðmundur Einarsson (1895–1963). One of his half-brothers is the painter Erró .

education and profession

Ari Trausti Guðmundsson completed his schooling in 1968 with the Abitur examination at the Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík . He then studied at the university a combination of psychology and philosophy , which is called forspjallsvísindi in Iceland , and finished his studies with a final exam at the Háskóli Íslands in 1972. The following years he studied geochemistry at the University of Oslo . This was followed by further training in geography at the Háskóli Íslands from 1983-84 .

From 1968 to 1971 Ari Trausti worked as a surveyor for the state institution Orkustofnun . From 1973 to 1974 he was a teacher at the primary school in Eyrarbakki and from 1974 to 1988 at the secondary school Menntaskólinn við Sund . From 1988 to 1989 he was the head of the domestic department of the travel agency Samvinnuferðir-Landsýn hf . He has also worked as a writer since 1990, works for radio and television and works as a guide .


Ari Trausti Guðmundsson became politically active for the first time in the 1970s with the aim of founding a party to the left of the Eurocommunist People's Alliance (Alþýðubandalagið), which in turn emerged as a left-wing split from the Icelandic Social Democrats . In May 1980 he was elected chairman of the Kommúnistasamtökin (KS) party, which emerged from the union of two Maoist parties, the Communist Party of Iceland (Marxist-Leninists) and the competing Einingarsamtök kommúnista (ml) . Around 1983 he withdrew from politics for the time being.

In 2012, Ari Trausti ran unsuccessfully in the presidential election . He received 8.6% of the vote and was in third place after the re-elected incumbent Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (52.8%) and Þóra Arnórsdóttir (33.2%). In the general election in Iceland in 2016 , Ari Trausti was elected as a candidate of the left-green movement for the southern constituency in the Icelandic parliament Althing .


Ari Trausti has traveled a lot herself, not least as a mountaineer, and has written several popular scientific non-fiction books and illustrated books, especially about Iceland and the geological features of the island. In 2002 he received the Halldór Laxness Prize for his collection of short stories, Vegalínur .

Works translated into German are:

  • Ari Trausti Guðmundsson, Halldor Kjartansson: Guide to the geology of Iceland . Örn & Örlygur, Reykjavík 1984.
  • Ari Trausti Guðmundsson: Land in the making. An outline of the geology of Iceland . Vaka-Helgafell, Reykjavík 1999, ISBN 9979-2-0347-1
  • Ari Trausti Guðmundsson: Living Earth. Facets of the geology of Iceland . Mál og Menning, Reykjavík 2007, ISBN 978-9979-3-2778-3 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Haukur S. Magnússon: The Mountaineer ( en ) In: The Reykjavík Grapevine . June 20, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  2. Kommúnistasamtök stofnuð . In: Dagblaðið . No. 116 , May 24, 1980, pp. 32 ( ).
  3. Forsetakosningar 1952-2016 ( is ) Forsete Íslands (President of Iceland). Archived from the original on December 3, 2016. Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved November 28, 2016. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. ^ Ari Trausti Guðmundsson ( is ) Alþingi. November 8, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016.