Inspired by the beautiful artwork by Akureyri-based Kristín Anna Kristjánsdóttir for the new album by Bigital “10 short stories”, I wanted to make an overview of the wolves in Icelandic music history.

Worldwide music history contains a lot of songs featuring a wolf or even a pack of wolves. To name just a few of these tracks:

“Cry Wolf” by A-ha
“Wolf In The Breast” by Cocteau Twins
“Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran
“Wolf Call” by Elvis Presley
“Of Wolf and Man” by Metallica
“The Wolf” by Motörhead
“A Wolf At the Door” by Radiohead
“Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon

Not to mention the bands with Wolf in their name…The wolves are everywhere, even on an island in the North Atlantic.

But also Iceland has more to offer than arctic foxes, sheeps and horses. Here we go: Of Wolf and Man in Icelandic music history.


Pétur og Úlfarnir with hitsong “Stjáni saxófónn”

Another Peter and Wolf made the song “Ching Ching Bling Bling” (Ching Ching Bling Bling label, 2008)

Músíktilraunir 2009 winner Bróðir Svartúlfs made the song“Velkomin”. Here’s the video directed by Friend of Iceland Bowen Staines.

Rapper Úlfur Kolka “Til hvers að kjósa?”, from the album “Borgaraleg Óhlýðni” (2014)

Úlfur Eldjárn “Telharmonium” rom his Album “Field Recordings: Music from the ether” (2010)

Músíktilraunir winner 1996 Stjörnukisi with singer/guitarist Úlfur Chaka Karlsson

“Reykeitrun” Video:

Úlfur (Hansson) made a solo album “White Mountain” (Western Vinyl, 2013)

Úlfur Úlfur

Video for “Brennum Allt” (ft. Kött Grá Pje)


Songs and albums

Berndsen & Bubbi Morthens made the song “Úlfur Úlfur”. It’s so nice, they sing it twice.

Notorious new wave band þeyr has the song “Úlfur” as opening track of their famous Classic Icelandic AlbumMjötviður Mær” (Esquimaux Management / Eskvímó, 1981)

Bang Gang’s album “The Wolves are Whispering” (Bang ehf, 2015)

First single was “Out of Horizon”

Of Monsters And Men 2nd album “Beneath the skin” (2015) contains the song “Wolves without teeth”

Cry wolf!

– Wim Van Hooste

Thanks to Trausti Júlíusson