Coordinates: 64°10.007′N 21°40.714′W / 64.166783°N 21.678567°W / 64.166783; -21.678567

Sundlaugin (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈsʏntlœijɪn], the swimming pool) is a recording studio located near Álafoss in the town of Mosfellsbær in Iceland known for being the recording and rehearsal location of post-rock band Sigur Rós. The location was originally a swimming pool built in the 1930s which had been abandoned when Sigur Rós purchased it in 1999 and converted it and adjacent buildings into a studio.[1][2]

Sundlaugin Studio
TypeRecording studio
Area served
Mosfellsbær, Iceland

The band originally intended to record their third album, entitled ( ), in an abandoned NATO tracking base in the northernmost mountain in Iceland, but after inspection decided it was too impractical. Shortly after they found the abandoned pool lot in a rural neighborhood in Mosfellsbær. They bought the lot and transformed it into a studio. In order to fit the massive mixing console into the building, part of the roof was opened up and the console was lowered with a crane.[3]

Much of the band's photography and artwork is taken from the surrounding landscape, such as the art found on the first album recorded in the studio, ( ).[4]

The recording studio has also been used for recording, mixing and mastering (usually assisted by the studio's sound engineer Birgir Jón "Biggi" Birgisson) by a wide group of mainly Icelandic artists and bands, including:[5][6]

As of 2020, Sundlaugin is owned by former Sigur Rós keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson.[1]


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  12. ^ Our Map to the Monster Olympics (liner notes). Kira Kira. 2008.CS1 maint: others (link)
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  14. ^ Summer Make Good (liner notes). Múm. Fat Cat. 2004.CS1 maint: others (link)
  15. ^ Við Og Við (liner notes). Ólöf Arnalds. 12 Tónar. 2007.CS1 maint: others (link)
  16. ^ Wine For My Weakness (liner notes). Pétur Ben. 12 Tónar. 2006.CS1 maint: others (link)
  17. ^ Nói Albínói (liner notes). Slowblow. 12 Tónar. 2004.CS1 maint: others (link)