Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland as you’ll all know by now. Its latitude 64°08′ N, makes it the world’s northernmost capital of a sovereign state. It is located in the southest of Iceland, on the shore of the big Faxaflói Bay.

RVK is believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland, which Ingólfur Arnarson is said to have established around AD 870. Until the 18th century, there was no urban development in the city location. These days it’s the cultural heart of the country. A lot of artists made a song about the Smoking Bay, and even a band mainly from the West Fjords is named after the town: Reykjavík!

Ó Reykjavík …


“Ó Reykjavík” is the opening track of the ‘Rokk í Reykjavík’ soundtrack to the Icelandic TV documentary directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson during the winter of 1981-82 and shown in cinemas in 1982.
The soundtrack was released in April 1982 as a 2LP on the Hugrenningur label. Documentary and soundtrack feature the performances of several Icelandic bands of the post punk and new wave scene. Bands such as Þeyr, Tappi Tíkarrass, Purrkur Pillnikk, among many others, were considered some of the most important bands at the moment.

Cover by Mosi frændi on the ‘Rokk í Reykjavík Tribute Evening’ on 24. May 2012 at Gaukurinn venue:

The electronic 4-piece Sykur had the song “Reykjavík” on their 2nd album entitled “Mesópótamía” (Record Records, 2011):

Also Eberg (Einar Tönsberg) made a song with the title “Reykjavík”, to be found on the “Antidote” album (Cod Music, 2009). Einar lived in the UK for 10 years. In this song, made together with Barði Jóhannsson, he expresses his happiness of living in RVK, back again.

Punkrockers of Innvortis are not that pleased with RVK: Reykjavík er ömurleg” (Reykjavík sucks)

Megas loves the nights downtown 101: “Reykjavikurnaetur” from the “Loftmynd” album, featuring Björk on backing vocals:

The punks of Morðingjarnir love the sun on a Sunday morning (Sunnudagsmorgunn í Reykjavík):

Grrrr…. Girl Power pop from the daughters of Reykjavík (Reykjavíkurdætur):

7berg feat. Emmsjé Gauti made a rap called “Kveikjum í Reykjavík”:

Solo 7berg made the song “Reykjavík”

Laddi (Þórhallur Sigurðsson) made a song about East Street downtown 101 RVK, “Austurstræti” (1991):

Hlemmur is an instrumental electronic score by Sigur Rós to the Icelandic documentary with the same name. Hlemmur is Reykjavík’s main bus terminal. Soundtrack contains 19 tracks, some of which are variations of the same theme. The film and the soundtrack were released together in a limited-edition DVD-CD package in August 2007 on the band’s own label Krúnk.

Watch the whole documentary here:

Thx to Eberg, Trausti Júlíusson and Haukur S. Magnússon

– Wim Van Hooste -