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Some links, as per your request

Hello everyone!

Thank you so much for your kind and lovely words — and your encouragement — in the comments to the last post. I am truly touched.

Some of you have been asking for links to other blogs about Iceland written in English, and of course it was remiss of me not to think of it. So here are some ideas, though this list is probably not exhaustive.

First of all, anyone interested in the fallout from the meltdown and all its intrigues should definitely be reading Sigrún Davíðsdóttir’s blog, Icelog, on a regular basis. Sigrún is incredibly well informed and knowledgeable about so many things relating to this society.

Then there are the blogs of the other lovely people who guest posted on this site last July and August: Reykjavík Harbour Watch [Eliza], Computernerd Composer [Hildigunnur] and Icelandish [Jessica] — although they don’t seem to be very active at the moment. There is also a very good photoblog called Iceland Eyes that you should check out.

Finally, Iceland Review has a good list of blogs and resources dealing with Iceland.

Hope that helps.

As for Yours Truly, I’ve now taken over as the Iceland correspondent for the Associated Press [as I mentioned on Facebook and Twitter]. I delivered my first article to them last Thursday, which appeared here, among other places. As I’m sure most of you know, AP is a news service, so the articles are syndicated. A quick search for the title of the above on Google currently delivers around 33,200 results — and that’s not counting print media or translated versions of the story. My contributions about Iceland have thus gone from being read by a few hundred people a day on this website to hundreds of thousands or more around the world via AP. Which is pretty freaking surreal.

I’m also still hard at work on that e-book I mentioned last post, am on the final edits and hope to have it finished within the next couple of weeks. It’s tentatively called The Little Book of the Icelanders and it’s a collection of 50 miniature essays detailing my observations and thoughts about my countryfolk. If you’re curious, you can read a sample blurb here.

Ta for now!



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  • Luthers November 14, 2010, 11:57 pm

    Íslendingabók hin minni? Thanks for the links and congrats on your new job – well deserved!

  • Hrefna November 15, 2010, 12:10 am

    The AP gig is Soooo Cooool! Congratz! I’m glad to have your voice be the one to go out there for the real masses.

  • Arni Vidar November 15, 2010, 12:11 am

    Speaking of the new e-book, could I somehow interest you in publishing it in .MOBI format for my Kindle? You could sell it on Amazon and make all of several dollars off each sale 😀

    Seriously though, PDF reading sucks. Mobi is the way of the future.

  • Col Matheson November 15, 2010, 12:47 am

    ..and the rest of the world is about to become aware of Alda Sigmundsdottir….you go girl !!

  • alda November 15, 2010, 9:47 am

    Thanks all!

    Árni Viðar – I’m working on ePub. Hoping I can get it to work (it’s a lot more complicated). Would that work on your Kindle?

  • hildigunnur November 15, 2010, 10:39 am

    thanks for the link Alda – I’m currently trying to keep my Icelandic blog up and don’t really have the time for the English 🙁

  • Kathryn November 15, 2010, 1:38 pm

    Congrats Alda !

  • Jon November 15, 2010, 3:49 pm

    All that törn paid off! Congratulations!

  • Arni Vidar November 15, 2010, 10:52 pm

    Well Alda, whether ePub works depends on whether or not you’re going to DRM the book. I have a program that can convert ePub to .MOBI (although whether any of then can manage the Icelandic alphabet still remains to be seen) but only if they are DRM free.

  • idunn November 15, 2010, 11:42 pm

    Thank you for the update and references.

    I’m pleased that you are now the AP correspondent for Iceland. Congratulations! As mentioned, one thing can lead to the next . . .

    Would links to your further AP articles be possible here, baring that some best way of finding them?

  • kevin oconnor,waterford,ireland November 16, 2010, 3:44 pm

    Yippee Alda’s back, maybe she can just blog lite say once a month, to save all of us that have developed Alda Dependency Syndrome (A.D.S).

  • Dori Sig November 16, 2010, 6:21 pm

    And my blog not mentioned ?
    It is in English ,and has photos and videos ,and all about iceland , banking crisis and more .


  • Easy November 16, 2010, 7:18 pm

    I second Kevin’s proposal!!

  • Kevin November 17, 2010, 1:19 am

    Alda, Would you consider publishing links on this blog to new articles you write for the AP?

  • alda November 17, 2010, 10:33 am

    Thanks everyone. @Idunn and Kevin – I’ll see about posting those here. The trouble is that it’s not clear-cut work, sometimes I’ll contribute information and material and it will become part of a larger article, or I’ll send them an article and it will have my byline, but will have been put together by someone else with other contributors. If that makes sense. But in any case, I try to post all such links on Facebook and Twitter, which can be done very quickly and easily. (The blog is more cumbersome.)

  • sylvia hikins November 17, 2010, 11:37 pm

    Just read the taster for the e-book-whatever the format, I know it’s going to be a ‘must buy’.
    Congratulations too on being appointed as Iceland Correspondent
    to the Associated Press. You will bring a much needed breathe of fresh air and intellectual honesty to the job (proven by your first article).
    I agree with @IDunn and Kevin -feeding us little postings and up-dates would be great.
    sylvia from viking wirral

  • Kevin November 18, 2010, 1:15 am

    Alda, Twitter works great for me as a way to keep up on your enjoyable articles. That does seem like the simplest way.

  • kevin oconnor,waterford,ireland November 18, 2010, 3:48 am

    Heres a news story for you not only did Icelanders wreck the worlds financial casino system but they also discovered America and brought back the first slave,Pocahontas eat your heart out.

    I do think the term “Hauled Back To Iceland” is a bit harsh on a wonderful tourist destination, but that’s the Daily Mail for you.

  • Emery Snyder November 19, 2010, 1:19 am

    Thanks, Alda!

  • neil November 20, 2010, 11:45 am

    Congratulations, thats really good news. And also good that you’ve not abandoned this site completely!

  • Paul H November 21, 2010, 12:33 am

    Alda, would you recommend any Icelandic sites too?
    The missus showed me how Google Chrome has a built-in translate function.
    I just downloaded and installed it.
    I can look at sites like dv.is and get something out of it now.
    [Not using it for regular surfing, due to not wanting Google to know absolutely everything about my online activities. They know enough as it is.]

  • Bromley86 November 23, 2010, 9:47 am

    @Paul. I was going to suggest Lara Hanna, but it seems she’s password protected her blog now.

    Silgur Egils is always worth a look.

  • alda November 23, 2010, 11:06 am

    Paul – I agree with Bromley on those two. And Lára Hanna’s blog is not password protected: https://blog.eyjan.is/larahanna/

    Also, I like Illugi Jökulsson’s blog: https://www.dv.is/blogg/tresmidja.

    I generally do a “news round” every morning: ruv.is, visir.is, dv.is. Occasionally eyjan.is, though I think they’re seriously slipping in their coverage.

    Hope that helps.

  • Harry November 24, 2010, 8:53 pm

    Alda, our humble contribution to the link list: https://icelandchronicles.com

    We cannot update it as often as we would (as Alda knows well, blogging doesn’t pay your bills, most of the times), but we have had some great coverage, also with photos, of events like RIFF 2010.

  • kevin oconnor,waterford,ireland November 27, 2010, 1:20 pm

    Attention Irish Iceland fans direct flights from Dublin to Reykjavik are due to start next summer €251 return inc from June handy.

  • jo6pac November 27, 2010, 11:12 pm

    Thanks for the links and taste of the new ebook. Welcome to corp. news, you’ll be breath of fresh air.

  • Luna Sea November 28, 2010, 3:16 am

    I miss your blog… I miss Iceland… I miss my crazy Icelander…but at the moment, mostly, I miss your blog.

    Thanks for the insight and pleasure you once provided. Hoping you’ll decide to once again post here, even if only sporadically. I have an (irrational) aversion to facebook.

  • Andrew November 28, 2010, 12:27 pm

    Rather than letting this site go to waste, could you invite various Icelanders to contribute articles of current interest to the likes of us non-Icelanders? 🙂

  • kevin oconnor,waterford ireland November 30, 2010, 8:45 am

    Attention all Iceland bound tourists,dont go there, come to Ireland its colder here and we have lots of snow and ice, plus after the IMF/EU loan we are more broke,owe more than Icelanders,have unemployment thats double what Icelanders can come up with, our property market has collapsed more and all our banks are cactus.Plus a pleasant scent of Political turmoil.

    Ireland more like Iceland than Iceland 🙂

    (This has been a message brought to you by the Irish tourist board)

    Cead Mile Failte

  • alda December 2, 2010, 4:31 pm

    @ Andrew – I truly appreciate all of you who want to keep this site going, but I see a few problems with getting people to contribute. One, Icelanders all write in Icelandic, with a few exceptions. Two, they’re not exactly beating down the door to be contributors. Three, there is more work involved in having guest contributors than people realize – apart from recruiting people there is editing and posting, linking, moderating comments, etc.

    By which I mean to say, I’m afraid this is not an option. But thanks for the suggestion!

  • Maria December 14, 2010, 1:12 pm

    Thank you for the mention, Alda, and congratulations on your new assignment!


    Maria ~.~

  • Maria December 14, 2010, 1:13 pm

    (btw, this is Maria from http://www.icelandeyes.com ^.~ )

  • idunn January 8, 2011, 8:29 pm

    In reading of Birgitta Jonsdottir, her Twitter account, and the underhanded tactics of the US, I miss ‘The Iceland Weather Report,’ and what might be learned of this from Alda and fellow readers all the more.

    There is scant mention of this matter in the US press, and probably none if Twitter had complied with the illegal order to hand over personal records in secret. Thankfully there is more information in the Icelandic press, such as Iceland thinking enough of this to call the US Ambassador to account.

    For those unaware, this pertains to Ms. Jonsdottir’s volunteer work with WikiLeaks, the US attempt to get their hands on Julian Assange, and, as Ms. Jonsdottir put it: “I think I am being given a message, almost like someone breathing in a phone.”

    Alda, where art thou?