Alda Sigmundsdóttir is an Icelandic-born writer, journalist, translator and blogger. She is author of several books about Iceland, ranging from contemporary issues to mythology and ancient beliefs. For six years she wrote Iceland's most popular English-language blog, The Iceland Weather Report , which among other things chronicled Iceland's economic meltdown and was featured in media all over the world. She has also travelled widely and given talks on the Icelandic situation. English is her first language, and she has written extensively about Iceland for the international media, including The Guardian , where she is a regular contributor. Her translations from Icelandic to English are diverse and numerous, ranging from advertising copy to published fiction and non-fiction. Alda holds a degree in English and Folkloristics from the University of Iceland.