Record Store Day in Iceland.

It’s Record Store Day. I’m not sure it’s celebrated in Iceland, but do you know what? It doesn’t matter. Reykjavík has one of the best record stores on the planet; 12 Tónar. Here is an excerpt from Iceland, Defrosted about that very store: ‘Talking of record stores, next time you’re in Reykjavík, try to get […]

10 Easter Eggs Of New Icelandic Music

It’s Easter. You’ll be bored now, or by Sunday at the latest. On top of that, you’ll soon be achingly full of poor quality chocolate, but unable to stop consuming it. Nevermind. I have the antidote. Ten virtual eggs of beautiful Icelandic music, for your aural (rather than oral) enjoyment. Now, put that chocolate down, […]

SilverWood Blog Hop: Seaweed & Cocoa

Welcome to the SilverWood Books Blog Hop! A few of our authors have come together to share a variety of articles and items of interest on their blogs for your enjoyment. There are some lovely giveaway prizes, and – to stay in keeping with the Spring and rebirth theme at this time of year – […]

An Interview with Hannah Kent

A 17-year-old Hannah Kent was walking down a street in the North Iceland town of Sauðárkrókur in the late dawn of an Icelandic winter’s day. A large SUV started to tail her. She walked faster; the vehicle sped up. She began to worry; in her native Australia, like most places, this was a cause for […]

Pompey, Promotion, Rhubarb & a Floating Bookshop.

It’s been a busy few days in Defrosted land, so I thought I’d recap on a few bits and pieces. First off, the very distinguished Blackwells books in Oxford decided to stock Iceland, Defrosted. Then a copy turned up in a rhubarb patch in Deb Willot’s garden….. ….. I managed to waffle on about indie […]

101 Reykjavík in Southsea

It’s a curious thing, this obsession with Iceland. It affects different people in different ways. Take, for example, Wit and Lisa. Having traveled to Iceland each year for the Airwaves festival, and each time sworn they wouldn’t be back next year, they have recently opened an Iceland-themed cafe/bar in Southsea, Portsmouth. There is a tendency, […]

Meeting Hannah Kent

I travelled to Booka Books in Oz tonight (Oswestry, not Australia) to meet Hannah Kent, author of the acclaimed Burial Rites, which is set in Iceland. We had a good old natter about all things Icelandic, awkwardly signed each other’s books, and she even posed with a copy of Iceland, Defrosted! Full interview to follow.

Alda Sigmundsdóttir : This is not a weather report.

Alda Sigmundsdóttir is a respected writer, journalist, blogger and consultant on all things Iceland. During the economic crisis, she chronicled what life was like in Iceland, mainly for the world’s non-Icelandic speaking media, and on her blog The Icelandic Weather Report. I do wonder how many tourists have unintentionally clicked on her blog, though. Alda […]

New Rökkurró song unveiled

The ever delightful Rökkurró have unveiled a new track today. Called ‘White Mountain’, it was premiered by The 405 and is an absolute beauty. I’m smitten with this band, but this and last years ‘Killing Time’ surely mean they are working towards a very special album.

Hafdís, me, Left for Dead

So, here’s the thing. Several of my favourite things are combining on 10th May, are you are all invited. Let me explain. As readers of Iceland, Defrosted will know, I’m a huge fan of singer/songwriter Hafdís Huld. I managed to catch an interview with her a few years ago, which appears in the book itself, […]