Hello and welcome!

My name is Alda Sigmundsdóttir and I am a writer, journalist, translator, blogger and consultant on all things Iceland. If you want or need information about any aspect of Icelandic society, I am the person to ask.


I am the author of several books, all of which deal with Iceland in one way or another. The most popular of those to date, The Little Book of the Icelanders, has been translated into French and German, and Polish and Czech versions are due out soon. The follow-up to that book, The Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old Days, is due out in French and German in spring 2015. My latest book is The Little Book of the Hidden People, about the Icelanders' belief in elves in the days of yore.

I used to write a blog called The Iceland Weather Report, which at the time of the 2008 economic meltdown became one of the main English-language news sources out of Iceland. At that time I provided reporting and consultation services on the Icelandic situation for a range of media outlets, companies and individuals. I also travelled widely and spoke about what was happening in Iceland. An overview of my engagements and interviews at that time may be found here.

I subsequently became the Icelandic correspondent for the Associated Press, and wrote regularly for The Guardian's Comment is Free. Today I continue to post updates on the Icelandic situation on this site's Facebook Page, and write the occasional blog post. I also make myself available for speaking engagements and consultation services, by phone or in person. Feel free to explore this website and to contact me with any queries.

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My books ...

The Little Book of the Hidden People

The Little Book of the Icelanders

Little Book of the Icelanders Old Days

Icelandic folk legends

Living Inside the Meltdown