Amiina is one of those Icelandic bands that never seem to disappoint. Always able to produce sublime, beautiful music at the drop of a hat, I never miss an opportunity to see them live. I once saw them play a concert in a record store in Reykjavík on a damp, unseasonably warm day in January. […]

Skyr in New York?

Iceland, Defrosted has recently been snapped next to the Empire State building in New York City. It’s part of the Books on the Subway campaign, but it reminded me that its not the only connection between the book and this fantastic city. There is one Icelandic food that I love, though. I adore it. I […]


Ok, ok, I’ll admit it. I’m obsessed with new music from Iceland. I scour the internet looking for new bands, and I have been known to patrol the bars and clubs of Reykjavík looking for something new and exiting. Iceland Airwaves makes my head explode. Just lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about Orfia. I […]

Message from Djúpavík.

Yesterday, I received an amazing email from Djúpavík in Iceland. This extremely remote corner of Iceland is one of favourite places to visit. For anyone that has read Iceland, Defrosted, you’ll know that my visit to Hotel Djúpavík was made complete by the friendly welcome of Claus Sterneck, a German photographer that spends his summers […]

Sigur Rós at Jodrell Bank. Otherworldly.

Sigur Rós have a habit of doing things out of the ordinary. Not only have they chosen to play at Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire, UK, beneath the world famous 250ft diameter Lovell Telescope, but their concert starts with a specially composed piece of music featuring radio echoes from meteors; signals from spacecraft travelling to the […]

Einstök Book Of The Week!

Einstök Brewing Company have just made Iceland, Defrosted their book of the week. Here is the post from their Facebook page- Book of the Week Club – Apparently, another Einstök fan has published a book, this time about one Englishman’s obsession with Iceland, by Edward Hancox. Here’s a quote: ‘After many hours of driving along […]