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Our Favorite Icelandic Music

Music is one of our favorite things–both Micah and I love going to concerts and finding new artists, so we always try to find fun local music when we travel.

Inga from Tiny Iceland gave us some tips on who to check out and directed us towards a music shop in downtown Reykjavik. When we were at the store, we started talking to the girl who worked there and she offered to play some of the music for us–she was so helpful and it was nice getting a preview of the albums before purchasing them.

We came to the conclusion that most everyone in Iceland must be musical, because there are so many astounding musicians that come from Iceland. Even the musicians in the bars are awesome; we are drawn to the music that originates from this tiny country. Not including the obvious Bjork, here is some of our favorite Icelandic music:

Of Monsters and Men

Okay, so with their recent rise to fame, Of Monsters and Men is also a pretty obvious addition to this list, but they are one of our absolute favorite bands, and we couldn’t skip including them. We happened to catch their show in Orlando, Florida, last year and they sound just as good live as they do on their album. The show was perfect and filled with an incredible energy–we even got to meet a few of the band members after the show.

Of Monsters and Men Orlando, FL Concert

Of Monsters and Men Orlando, FL Concert


We have been listening to Sóley for about a year now, and we love her unique style and quirkiness. Her songs are very different and have a dreamlike vibe to them, which really drew us in. We were fortunate enough to see her open for Of Monsters and Men and meet her after the show as well. Another fun fact, everyone seems to know everyone in Iceland since its such a small county, and we found out that one of Inga’s friends, who we hung out with the Saturday night we arrived, is good friends with Sóley. Small world, or should I say small country!

Soley at the Orlando, FL Concert

Sin Fang

This was one of the two albums we purchased from the music shop. Remember the great song we used for our Iceland video? That was a song by the talented Sin Fang. Sin Fang was one of the musicians that Inga recommended to us and we are so glad she did, as they have quickly become another one of our favorites. We realized after we got home, that Sin Fang and Sóley actually used to play in a band together called Seabear, which is also another good band.

Sin Fang CD - Icelandic Music

Ásgeir Trausti

And last but not least, Ásgeir Trausti. Inga introduced us to his music as well and upon hearing that he was like an Icelandic Bon Iver, we immediately knew we were going to like him. After hearing a quick sample at the music shop, we were sold. Even though we aren’t totally sure what the songs mean when he sings in Icelandic, we still really enjoy the music. Our favorite song is Sumargestur–it has such a great sound to it and we barely even notice we have no idea what some of the lyrics actually mean!

AsgeirTrausti CD - Icelandic Music


Do you like finding music when you travel?  We hope you check out and enjoy all these talented musicians as much as we do!


  • Angela
    Posted at 14:42h, 05 August Reply

    I have heard of some of the bands that you had mentioned. During our Super Jeep tour, we asked our guide about Icelandic music. He played a good variety while we were driving around between glaciers and waterfalls. He played some reggae music for us, which was quite interesting!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 14:31h, 06 August Reply

      The scenery always seems to make music more fun doesn’t it? I love listening to it later and having it remind me of traveling! That’s nice he suggested some music–love when we get suggestions like that. And, the reggae sounds pretty interesting! Sounds like a fun mix 🙂

  • Jessica
    Posted at 21:14h, 06 August Reply

    Music isn’t something we have really explored in our travels, but I can see how it could really enhance exploring a new country.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 22:38h, 06 August Reply

      Yeah, we really enjoy it! Brings back good memories when we listen to our “trip” music 🙂

  • Sunny
    Posted at 15:52h, 07 August Reply

    Don’t forget to mention Sigur Ros! They are amazing!

  • Kimmy
    Posted at 17:56h, 08 August Reply

    Yes, I do. I find it’s an easy way to bring my back to my time in that place. All I have to do is pop in a CD. I’ll have to check our your suggestions when I get home. We aren’t supposed to stream anything or listen to music on our computers at work. Lame, I know.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:08h, 13 August Reply

      I hope you found something you like 🙂 They are all a little different, but we really enjoy them! I always love music as a way to bring me back to fun travel memories too!
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  • Anita Mac
    Posted at 19:54h, 08 August Reply

    I love listening to local music and have regretted not picking up the CDs when the musicians walk around afterwards. The disadvantages of living in a backpack perhaps! Now, I would need a USB to download….but I still love sitting and listening to them create magic in music! Last winter I went to an outdoor winter music festival /traveldestinationbucketlist.com/2013/02/16/lights-camera-dance-igloofest-montreal-the-outdoor-winter-party/) – that was pretty awesome…need to add these concerts to my travel repertoire!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:11h, 13 August Reply

      I can see where it would be hard to carry CDs around with just a backpack! You will have to go with the iTunes route 🙂 I’ll have to check out that post–thanks for sharing–sounds like a fun time! We love concerts!
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  • Anna
    Posted at 04:35h, 09 August Reply

    I LOVE Of Monsters and Men! So cool you got to meet a few of them! Can’t wait to check out the other artists!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 21:38h, 18 August Reply

      Yeah, we were pretty excited we got to meet them! They were really nice! Hope you like some of the others too! 🙂

  • Megan Claire
    Posted at 14:17h, 09 August Reply

    I havent actually heard of any of the bands you mentioned – but for our next road trip I’m going to re think my IPod playlist and educate myself on international music! 😀
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 21:39h, 18 August Reply

      Good–hope you enjoy doing it! We always love international music! It makes a fun soundtrack for memories 🙂

  • Bret
    Posted at 12:05h, 11 August Reply

    I’m not sure if you know this, but in my writing career I started as a music journalist (I used to write and do photography for Rolling Stone). I’m a huge fan of Iceland music as well, especially Bjork, SIgur Ros, Olafur Arnalds, GusGus, Múm and Emiliana Torrini. I had no idea Of Monsters & Men were from Iceland, but we dig them, too. Will need to check a few of these other groups. Thanks for the tips!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:24h, 13 August Reply

      I didn’t know that, Bret! That’s awesome–sounds like such an interesting job! I bet you got to meet some fun people. I’ll have to check out some of the other bands you listed–thanks!
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