Speaking engagements

Icelandic society can be difficult for outsiders to access or understand, particularly if they do not speak Icelandic. The phrase “what happens in Iceland, stays in Iceland” is very frequently true, if for no other reason but that the language and culture barriers keep foreigners firmly out of the loop.

I have many years’ experience of conveying and interpreting Icelandic news and current affairs to non-Icelanders. With my full grasp of Icelandic, my deep insight into Icelandic society, and my understanding of what it is like to be an outsider, I am in a unique position to explain Icelandic affairs to anyone seeking information or an improved understanding of them.

I do regular speaking engagements, both in Iceland and abroad. I have spoken to audiences in Norway, Sweden, Italy, Canada and Iceland. Often these are relaxed, casual events, during which I will speak on a topic of the client’s choosing and then answer any questions that attendees may have. Every speaking engagement I have been involved with has been wonderful, and I am quite confident that those who attend always leave with a greater understanding of Icelandic society than they had prior.

I have also acted as a consultant on Iceland and all things Icelandic. sI have helped authors write books by researching and fact-checking, I have worked on a retainer basis to monitor an aspect of Icelandic society in which my client was interested, I have met with individuals and groups to give talks and answer questions, and I have corresponded with individuals to help them gain a better understanding of a particular issue.

You can see some testimonials here.

I have moreover been a frequent commentator on the Icelandic situation in various media, and have written extensively about Iceland for the foreign press [see, for example, here and here].

I would be happy to provide more information about my fees, or to provide a quote. You can contact me here or email me at alda at aldasigmunds dot com.

I exercise the utmost discretion and confidentiality in all my work.