About

Hi. My name is Alda Sigmundsdóttir. Some of you may know me as Alda Kalda or YT. I run my own business that provides writing, translating and consulting services. I’m also finishing up a degree in English and Ethnology at the University of Iceland.

I currently live in Reykjavík. I have also lived in Canada, Cyprus, the UK and Germany, for longer or shorter periods. I moved back to Iceland as a single mom in 1994, after 22 years away, and have been here ever since. It was probably the best move of my life.

I started this website as a blog in October 2004. The title is a throwback to a daily column I used to co-write for the Iceland Review publishing house when I first moved back to Iceland, the story of which you can read more about here.

When the Icelandic economy melted down in 2008 I started chronicling all that was happening on my blog, and it became one of the few sources of information out of Iceland that was in English. After a while I was getting a constant stream of interview requests and various types of enquiries from people and media the world over, which was really fun at first but which quickly became unsustainable. I subsequently moved the blog to a Facebook page, which is still very much active.

I have just published a novel called Unraveled, which is set against the backdrop of the economic meltdown in Iceland. I have also published two e-Books, Living Inside the Meltdown and The Little Book of the Icelanders. The Little Book was released in July 2012 by Icelandic publisher Forlagið and went straight to the Icelandic bestseller list where it stayed for the rest of the summer. In addition I have published a book of translations of Icelandic folk legends.

I have another website, which details a bit more about my work and writing. I also blog on that site, about things that are not especially related to Iceland.

I am married to the kindest, funniest man in the world, and have one daughter, three stepdaughters, and two step-grandsons. They are all completely gorgeous.

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Alicia December 23, 2008 at 10:02 pm

Liebe Alda,

mein Computer hat einen Crash erlebt und ich kriege ihn nicht ans Laufen, habe seit Feierabend es versucht… morgen ist auch ein Tag. Das Problem ist, dass ich deine Emailadresse nicht im Kopf habe. Nun bin ich an Hans-Jürgen Notebook, denke an dich und wünsche dir vom ganzen Herzen alles Liebe und Gute zum Geburtstag. Ich weiß, dass du aus verschienen Gründen keine E-Cards magst, deshalb eben “nur” diese Zeilen zum Glückwunsch.
Liebe Grüße,
Alicia

Daffyd January 21, 2009 at 1:02 am

Best of luck, thanks for the updates

paddy February 5, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Just let me say how proud I am of your national effort to come to grips with the financial “rip off” of our time. I wish so much people would get involved much more than they are right now.
Time to change the craziness of business, banks, and politicians putting profit before people.

Businesses have depended on (debt) banks for finance far too long without turning a profit. They depend on borrowing, cheap labor, and most you’ll find have no long term/permanent workers, opting to employ long-term unemployed who (in some/most cases) come with a government subsidy. These businesses are really – useless contributors to society – operating to make a comfortable living for themselves, like investors with no social conscience.
A good example of this can be seen in a district in Washington DC (only five miles from the political hub) Ward 8 where 90% of the poor have jobs. They just don’t earn enough to pay their bills.

Hey has anyone heard: what’s the difference between Ireland, and Iceland?
One letter, and any day now. Ha, now that’s a good one”

I’ll be back again if I may?

paddy February 5, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I think maybe you should link up your blogs otherwise it gets a little confusing especiall if copy-cats step in to counteract your efforts.

Daniel V.P. July 30, 2010 at 6:04 am

Thanks for posting your thoughts. I appreciate the review of God Bless Iceland. Best wishes, D.