Pálmi Gunnarsson

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is referred to by the given name Pálmi.
Pálmi Gunnarsson
Born (1950-09-29) 29 September 1950 (age 66)
Vopnafjörður, Iceland
Genres Rock, pop, folk, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar, double bass
Years active 1964–present
Associated acts Foxes, Hljómsveit Magnúsar Ingimarssonar, Mannakorn, Brunaliðið, Póker, Friðryk, ICY, Park Project

Pálmi Gunnarsson (born 29 September 1950)[1] is an Icelandic musician, who was involved in some of the country's most popular musical acts in the 1970s and into the 1980s, including Mannakorn and Brunaliðið.[2] He is perhaps best known internationally as a member of ICY, the trio that performed "Gleðibankinn", Iceland's first ever entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1986.

In a career that has lasted over four decades, Pálmi has played with many bands across many genres, and enjoys enduring popularity around Iceland, often with songs written by his longtime collaborator Magnús Eiríksson. Several of Pálmi's recordings have become Icelandic pop classics, including his cover of Magnús Þór Sigmundsson's song Ísland er land þitt, and the Christmas song Gleði og friðarjól, composed by Magnús Eiríksson.



  • Þuríður & Pálmi (1973) (Þuríður Sigurðardóttir on side 1, Pálmi Gunnarsson on side 2)
  • Hvers vegna varst' ekki kyrr? (1980)
  • Jólamyndir (1994)
  • Séð og heyrt (1999)
  • Þorparinn (2013)


  • Gleðibankinn (1986) (as part of ICY)
  • "Ísland er land þitt"
  • "Gleði og friðarjól"
  • "Núna" (2013)