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About Alda

Hi there. My name is Alda Sigmundsdóttir and I am a writer, journalist, 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.

alda2From 2004-2010 I chronicled what life was like in Iceland on this site, culminating in a play-by-play account of the 2008 economic meltdown, and the ensuing fall-out.

During 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.

I am the author of several books, all of which deal with Iceland in one way or another. My latest book, released in March 2015, is The Little Book of the Hidden People.

Today I mostly post updates on Icelandic current affairs on this site’s Facebook Page, whereas I mostly post non-topical updates on this blog.

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

I am available for speaking engagements and consultation services. Feel free to contact me with any queries.

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 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.