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Icelandic names

I hope there are some people with Icelandic knowledge in this community...

I have to mention an Icelandic mathematician's name in this report I am writing. I am following the usual practice of referring to mathematicians by just their last names.

As far as I know, Icelandic people don't have family names, their "last names" are just their fathers (or mothers??) name plus son/daughter.
Also, I understand that Icelandic people call each other by their first names even in formal contexts?

His name is

Hjálmtýr Hafsteinsson

How should he be called? "Hafsteinsson" or "Hjálmtýr" or should I use the full name?
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