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Alda Sigmundsdóttir

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. 

Catch up with Alda on Facebook or Twitter @aldakalda, on her Amazon author page , or on her website (, where you can also sign up for her monthly newsletter.


The Little Book of the Icelanders in the Old Days

The Little Book of the Hidden People: Twenty stories of elves from Icelandic folklore

Icelandic Folk Legends: Tales of apparitions, outlaws and things unseen 


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Haunting and beautiful Middle-Earth-like elves by artist

Icelanders Believed in Elves, But it is Probably Not What You Think

Icelanders believe in elves. They refuse to begin major construction projects unless they consult with elves first. They lobby their politicians on behalf of elf colonies. They run “elf schools” and...
The Icelandic Kvöldvaka: Cultural Phenomenon in the Twilight Hours

The Icelandic Kvöldvaka: Cultural Phenomenon in the Twilight Hours

Iceland’s strong love of literature is a source of amazement to many people. In an era of declining book sales around the world, this small North Atlantic island continues to publish and sell more...