Origin Hafnafjörður, Iceland
Genres Alternative rock, Britpop, indie rock, Grunge, Punk rock
Years active 1994-2004, 2011-
Labels Rymur, R&R músik, Error músík, Spik
Associated acts Pollapönk
Members Heiðar Örn Kristjánsson
Ragnar Páll Steinsson
Haraldur Freyr Gíslason

Botnleðja ('Silt') is an Icelandic rock band formed in 1994. They gained popularity when they won the 'Músíktilraunir', an Icelandic "battle between the bands" competition in 1995.[1] The band members are guitarist and singer Heiðar Örn Kristjánsson, bass-guitarist Ragnar Páll Steinsson, and drummer Haraldur Freyr Gíslason. Heiðar and Haraldur are also band members of 'Hafnarfjarðarmafían' ('The Hafnarfjörður Mob'), a support band of the Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarðar football team and Pollapönk.

The band Blur, who had been recording their self-titled album Blur in Iceland in 1997, were fans of Botnleðja. Their hit song "Song 2" borrowed the catchy "woo-hoo" from Botnleðja's 'Þið eruð Frábær'. Later that year Botnleðja joined Blur on their UK tour.[2]





  1. 1 2 Hæfilega kærulausir. Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic) (256) 9 november 1995, p. 62
  2. Botnleðja hitar upp fyrir Blur. Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic) (84) 8 january 1997, p. 6

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