The Music of Iceland

The Music of Iceland Don’t Believe In The Greater Good? 

Well, it’s high time you start. If it wasn’t for seemingly endless dark Icelandic winters with only 5 hours between sunrise and sunset the one would never experience one of the most inspiring musical scenes in the world.  

So, prolonged unbearable winters for the greater good of neverending flow of musical innovations… 


Well, among around 320,000 residents almost every Icelander had at one point played in a band and most can play guitar.  

More HOWs: 

Iceland yes’s and no’s: 

no violence, no army, no mosquitoes, no surnames, no trees, no railways. 

yes to male witches, a penis museum, Guinness record movie watchers and book readers, elves and trolls, consonants, waterfalls, volcanos and trailblazing musicians. 

All these yes’s and no’s entangled with glorious Vikings  Ancestry DNA influenced the miraculous, open-minded musical scene bursting with love, energy, and uniqueness. 

So, don’t wait until you close your eyes to eternity and say a kind of pathetic, remorseful phrase- If I had my life to live over again I would have listened to incredible Icelandic music every single day….Start now with our comprehensive though a never-ending list of the greatest Icelandic music ever: 

Folk Music  

The Music of Iceland Inspired by the country’s history and its richness it dates back to the 14th century. It centers on the Norse mythology and its fairy creatures- elves, trolls and hidden people. Traditional instruments and fantastic vocals will take you on an epic journey. It will enliven your imagination and make you travel back in time in galleys. If you rush into Asterix, Obelix or Justforkix mind the Vikings! 

Classical music 

Jón Leifs is one of Iceland’s most prominent and influential classical composer. His compositions are inspired by Icelandic natural phenomena like waterfalls and volcanos. Saga Symphony is a musical portrait of five characters from the famous Icelandic Sagas. The Island Symphony orchestra was established in 1950. Due to its innovative approach, the ISO was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009. 


Mezzoforte is considered as the best-known Jazz group and the most popular Icelandic jazz album is Glin- Gló.  

However, other versatile artists you must hear before you get the hands off this page are Pétur Östlund, Skúli Sverrisson, and Bjorn Thoroddsen. 

Contemporary music 

Rock, pop, metal, electronic, jam, punk and acoustic.  

Most renowned artists and groups: 

(No matter the length of the list, someone will always be left out, so we’ll keep it short.) 

  • Mugison 
  • Emiliana Torrini 
  • Asgeir Trausti 
  • Sigur Rós 
  • Of Monsters and Men  
  • Múm, 
  • Gus Gus 


Her Majesty The Ice and Fire Queen- Björk 

The landmark of Iceland. Incredible woman. Incredible voice. Incredible career. She was born to spellbind and conquer the world. She released her debut at the age of 12. In 1986. this multi-talented star founded her 4th band the Sugarcubes. Seven years passed and she launched a tremendously successful solo career. She’s been bravely challenging trivialities and conventions ever since.Björk went on to build her career with the release of Medúlla (2004), Volta (2007) and Biophilia (2011), each album brimming with cosmic energy and universal messages. Among countless heroic deeds, she herself succeeded to revive Icelandic economy. 

Now you can dip your ears into the world of Icelandic music and enjoy that mystical journey.