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Compilation album and Studio album by Sigur Rós
Released 5 November 2007 (2007-11-05)
Genre Post-rock
Art rock
Length Hvarf: 36:45
Heim: 35:51
Total: 72:36
Label EMI, XL Recordings
Producer Sigur Rós
Sigur Rós chronology
Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
Singles from Hvarf / Heim
  1. "Hljómalind"
    Released: 27 August 2007 (2007-08-27)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net 86% link
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
The A.V. Club B+ link
Drowned in Sound 4/10 link
Guardian Unlimited 3/5 stars link
NME 7/10 (11/03/2007, p.47)
Pitchfork Media 7.6/10 link
Rockfeedback 5/5 stars link
Yahoo! Music UK 4/5 starslink

Hvarf/Heim is a compilation album by Sigur Rós. Its original CD release comprises two discs: Hvarf contains studio versions of previously unreleased songs (with the exception of "Hafsól", which was released as the b-side of "Hoppípolla" in 2005), while Heim contains live acoustic versions of songs already released. The songs on Heim are the same recordings found in Heima. In 2008 EMI released a single-disc version in which Heim is simply tracklisted to follow Hvarf. In 2012, the albums were issued on vinyl for the first time to be sold on Record Store Day.


The cover images are pinhole polaroid photographs. The Hvarf cover is a handheld image of the microphone stands just before the band arrived to play in the gentle rain. The Heim cover is a 7-minute exposure of the stage at Gamla Borg where Sigur Rós performed an acoustic set for friends and family in April 2007.[1]

The album was released on November 5 in Europe and on November 6 in North America. Prior to this release a limited 7" vinyl single of "Hljómalind" was released on 29 October. The album debut at #23 in UK, #7 on the US independent chart and #83 in Spain selling over 50,000 copies in first week worldwide. The album, as of June 2008, was certified Silver in the UK for 60,000+ being sold.[2]

Hvarf ["disappeared" or "haven"][edit]

  1. "Salka" – 6:06 [The name of Georg's stepdaughter], previously unreleased
  2. "Hljómalind" – 4:53 (Formerly known as "Rokklagið" ["The Rock Song"]), previously unreleased
  3. "Í Gær" – 6:22 (Formerly known as "Lagið Í Gær") ["Yesterday"], previously unreleased
  4. "Von" ('Hvarf' version) – 9:12 ["Hope"], original version on Von
  5. "Hafsól" (2005 version) – 9:46 ["Sea Sun"], same version as on "Hoppípolla", original version on Von

Heim ["home"][edit]

  1. "Samskeyti" ('Heim' version) – 5:20 ["Attachment"], original version on ( )
  2. "Starálfur" ('Heim' version) – 5:25 ["Staring Elf"], original version on Ágætis byrjun
  3. "Vaka" ('Heim' version) – 5:17 [The name of Orri's daughter], original version on ( )
  4. "Ágætis byrjun" ('Heim' version) – 6:35 ["A good beginning"], original version on Ágætis byrjun
  5. "Heysátan" ('Heim' version) – 4:40 ["The Haystack"], original version on Takk...
  6. "Von" ('Heim' version) – 8:14 ["Hope"], original version on Von



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