We might get most of our talk shows and music through podcasts and streaming services these days, but for foreign residents, travellers, and Icelandic language learners, listening to the radio is still a great way to get immersed in Icelandic culture.
Here are some of the top radio programmes in Iceland. Note that in addition to broadcasting on the air, many of these programmes also have a presence on digital streaming platforms as well.
National Broadcaster: Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV) is Iceland’s public service broadcaster and operates several radio channels. It offers news, cultural programming, music, and more.
Commercial Radio: Various commercial radio stations operate in Iceland, playing a range of music genres, including pop, rock, hip-hop, electronic, and more. Some of the popular commercial stations include FM957, X-ið 977, and Bylgjan.
Music Radio: Several radio stations in Iceland focus on specific music genres such as classical, jazz, alternative, and indie music. Examples include Rás 2, which offers alternative and indie music, and Rás 1, which plays a mix of popular music and other programs.
Talk and News Radio: Stations like Bylgjan FM provide news updates, current affairs discussions, and talk shows covering various topics, including politics, sports, and entertainment.
Regional and Community Radio: Iceland also has regional and community radio stations that serve specific areas or communities. These stations often focus on local news, events, and community-related content.