Ólafur Arnalds live from Hafursey, in Iceland for Cercle

☞ About the location

Hafursey is an exceptional palagonite mountain located on the north side of Mýrdalssandur and near the Katla volcano in Iceland. Hafursey was used by the farmers for sheep grazing all year around during summers until 1854. The Sel (a natural cave used for shelter) inside is one of the best-preserved remnants in the history of Iceland. In 1755, when Katla erupted, six men took shelter in the cave during the glacier burst. Their signatures, plus the date and year of their stay there, are written on the wall and are clearly visible as you enter the cave.

Yet what makes Hafursey such a unique location is also the sublime diversity of wild, extraterrestrial landscapes that compose the area. The lonely Inselberg is surrounded by vast valleys of volcanic sand, sanders, glaciers, and waterfalls that render one of the most special, almost lunar sceneries in the world.

☞ About Hafursey (Yfir)

« Yfir » (“Above”) is a musical journey through Iceland’s various moods and seasons. At times, the music swells with a powerful surge, mirroring the crashing waves against rocky cliffs or the thunderous roar of a distant volcano. Other moments evoke a sense of stillness and serenity, echoing the peacefulness found in secluded valleys and hidden fjords near the inselberg of Hafursey.

The song is the continuation of another track written by Ólafur, Undir: “We’ve been playing Undir for 5 years, and rearranged it every time for each set, changing every element one by one. Last year, we realized the latest version of Undir was not the same track that the one we originally composed! On the occasion of our Show with Cercle, I decided to take the track back to the studio, rearranging it especially for the Show to meet Cercle’s energy”.


Official Partners:
We were lucky to be supported by the audio brand Bang & Olufsen on this show: https://on.beo.com/rlmrvL
They lent us the Beoplay H95 headphones, which Derek and Ólafur used during their interview alongside the A9 speaker behind them (with its iconic shape!).
The Beoplay EX earbuds were offered to Ólafur in the Mystery box. Thanks guys!

@olafurarnalds performing live with his band from the volcanic wilderness of Iceland, in Hafursey, Myrdalssandur, Kötlujökull, Katla, Iceland for Cercle. ☞ Support us and get access to exclusive videos & perks: https://Cercle.lnk.to/Patreon ☞ Listen to our playlists, tracks & sets: https://Cercle.lnk.to/Playlists ☞ Subscribe to our newsletter to know about our next shows: https://Cercle.lnk.to/Members ☞ Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://Cercle.lnk.to/ytcercle ☞ Cercle Records Listen to Ólafur Arnalds – Hafursey (Yfir): https://cercle.lnk.to/hafurseyolafura… ☞ Ólafur Arnalds https://olafurarnalds.lnk.to/Cercle 63° 32′ 26.0″ N 18° 48′ 01.4″ W

Special thanks to:
Sven Hasenjäger, Árni Þór Árnason, Beth Lawson, David Heath, Benedict Curran, Laura Monks, Lee Barter, Natalie Rapp, Jessica Graham-Wright, Yung-Yee Chen, Robert Raths, Courtesy of Erased Tapes Records Ltd., Luxor Iceland, Teitur Sigurðsson, Óli Valur Þrastarson, Marcos Viladomiu, George Papageorgiou, Cerys Weetch, Elli Thor Magnusson

One response to “Ólafur Arnalds live from Hafursey, in Iceland for Cercle”

  1. You can’t take your eyes off this place! Music contributes a lot to this.