Halldóra Eldjárn

This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a family name, but this person is properly referred to by the given name Halldóra.
Halldóra Eldjárn
First Lady of Iceland
In office
1 August 1968  1 August 1980
Preceded by Dóra Þórhallsdóttir
Succeeded by Guðrún Katrín Þorbergsdóttir
Personal details
Born 24 November 1923
Ísafjörður, Iceland
Died 21 December 2008
Reykjavík, Iceland
Spouse(s) Kristján Eldjárn

Halldóra Eldjárn (24 November 1923 – 21 December 2008) was the wife of Icelandic President Kristján Eldjárn and First Lady of Iceland from 1968 to 1980.

Halldóra Ingólfsdóttir was born and raised in Ísafjörður. Her parents were Ingólfur Árnason, a businessman, and his wife Ólöf Sigríður Jónasdóttir; she was the eldest of four children.[1][2] She graduated from the Commercial College of Iceland in 1942 and worked in an office in Reykjavík until her marriage to archaeologist and museum director Kristján Eldjárn in 1947. They lived in Reykjavík and had four children.[1][2] He retired in 1980 after three terms as President; after his death in 1982, Halldóra worked for the University of Iceland dictionary for a number of years.[1][2]


  1. 1 2 3 "Halldóra Eldjárn látin", Morgunblaðið, 22 December 2008 (Icelandic)
  2. 1 2 3 "Halldóra Eldjárn fyrrverandi forsetafrú látin, 85 ára", Pressan, Eyjan.is, 22 December 2008 (Icelandic)

Honorary titles
Preceded by
Dóra Þórhallsdóttir
First Lady of Iceland
1968 1980
Succeeded by
Guðrún Katrín Þorbergsdóttir

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