Services - Resumé

Occupation: Translator and Writer
Status:          Self-employed/Seeking employment
Skills:           Translation - Writing - Social Media - Literary Review - Travel Consultancy - Editing -
                     Proofreading - English - Icelandic - French - Portuguese - Spanish 

My Resume

Nationality:       Icelandic

Key Skills

Ø  Proficiency in English, Icelandic, French, Spanish and Portuguese
Ø  Exceptional command of English language, first-rate writing and proof reading ability
Ø  Dedicated and enthusiastic
Ø  Organized with attention to details
Ø  Knowledgeable within the literary field and traditions


July 11 2012 – Present: HotelsCombined
Website Translation Manager – English to Icelandic
·       I work from the privacy of my home for an Australian hotel booking site
·       Site has launched in my native language of expertise, Icelandic
·       Market coordination
·       Since June 2013, my duties are minimal and solely maintenance-based

April 2011 – Present: Iceland Review online
Columnist, Film Critic and Literary Critic
·       A Daily Life columnist for Monday’s opinion piece
·       I wrote a monthly film criticism for the Review section and write the occasional literary review.

Journalist (June 2012 – present):
·       A freelance journalist for Icelandic Times/Land og Saga
·       Advertisement and Travel writing
·       Editor: Andrew Scott Fortune and Einar Þorsteinsson

Substitute web-editor for Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir (July 2011 – August 2011) and March 2012

·       Daily selection and translation of Icelandic news articles from Icelandic to English
·       Editor for Daily Life columnists, a weekly opinion piece
·       Editor for content to be published on the website (letter, Asky Eygló)
·       Temporay cover for position of main editor

May 2011 – July 2011: Salka Publishing House

·       Ten weeks internship in connection to Master’s Degree in Editorial Studies.
·       Translated from Icelandic to English published photograph landscape book Iceland 360, by photographer Vilhelm Gunnarsson and texts by Jónas Guðmundsson.
·       Reading of manuscripts
·       Writing of copytexts for advertisement in English for the publishing house

January 2011 – May 2011: Tutorial Assistant at the University of Iceland

 Tutorial Assistant
·       An assistant to Prof. Guðrún Björk Guðsteinsdóttir in a compulsory class for undergraduate students within the English department. The subject is American Literature.
·       Composition of exams for the student body (total of 152)

May 2010 – September 2010: Sunna Guesthouse, Reykjavík

·       A night receptionist at a busy guesthouse in the centre of Reykjavík
·       Responsible for the safety of guests in case of emergency.

May 2009 – May 2010: Dohop ehf, Reykjavík - Freelance Writer

Freelance Writer
·       Composing travel themed articles for the Dohop blog section of their website.
·       Sample of my writing may be found on the their blog site:

May 2007 – August 2007: Sjúkrashús Akraness / Regional Hospital, Akranes– General Secretary

Duties and Responsibilities
·       Assistance in the establishment of a new filing system
·       Maintaining and ensuring availability of medical documents.
·       Participating in updating of patient medical files

October 2005 – November 2006: Leisure Direction Ltd (Tour Operators), London – Specialist

Specialist Department
·       Arrangement and organisation of group holiday packages
·       Promotion and selling of new products.

Historical Duties
·       Selling and promotion of various package holidays via telephone until promoted to Specialist Department

May 2005 – September 2005: Regional Library of Western-Iceland, Akranes – Librarian

Duties and Responsibilities
·       Providing assistance and service to customers
·       Filing, tracking of issues and returns, general administration
·       Classification and sorting of donated historical news publications.


Computer Training
Microsoft Office, including Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Word. Adobe Photoshop

ABTA Level 1 Insurance Exam:
License to sell Travel Insurance


The University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
            2005-2006: First year of BA English – Distance course
2007-2010: B.A in English Literature.
            2010-2013: M.A in Editorial-and Publication studies (in progress)
            2010-2014: M.A in English Literature, Culture and Media (in progress)

Diploma in Photography:
            2002-2003: Speos- Paris Photographic Institute, 6-8 rue Jules Valles, 75011, 
                                Paris, France

Tomstundarskolinn Mímir, Reykjavik, Iceland
            2001-2003: Intermediate and advanced Spanish, advanced Portuguese

Secondary School and A-levels: 
            1996-1998: Fjölbrautaskóli Vesturlands, Akranes, Iceland
            1998-1999: An Exchange year (AFS) in Rio Verde, Goiás, Brazil
            1999-2000: Fjölbrautaskóli Vesturlands, Akranes, Iceland
            2000-2001: Menntaskóli v/Hamrahlíð, Reykjavík, Iceland (final year)


My interests are diverse and mostly within the field of artistry.  I am an avid theatre-lover with particular interest in the staging and dramatization of the classical pieces.  Books of the English literary tradition have always fascinated me and I have specialised in English Literature as a result of my infatuation.  As a child I could spend hours upon hours reading a good book and still do. I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to pursue my passion for reading during my university studies. Through an early exposure to literature, I developed a keen interest in writing at a very early age, and used it as means of expression long before turning writing into profession.  For my BA-thesis I wrote a short story and was instructed by Prof. Sarah Moss, a published writer from whom I learned a great deal. 
My intentions as I entered the MA program in English Literature, Culture and Media was to stay on the writing path and continue improving my writing; my hope is to achieve publication of my thesis, a historical novel about the forgotten history of the Second World War years in Iceland.

I am a passionate traveller of the world. I love to travel and share my experiences through the written word, and perhaps even inspire others to travel beyond the measures of my words.  I have done extensive travelling and cultural excavation in the last decade and hope to continue doing so for as long as I am physically capable. 

In recent years have I been based in Paris, London and Greece where I held various employment positions to make a living, while indulging my curious traveller’s heart.  As a result of my travel experiences I have grown independent and self-confident.  I believe the acquisition of languages is the key to understanding the human structure of a nation; how an individual uses language speaks volumes of not only individual beliefs but also those of the society in which he or she is raised.  I hope to improve my skills even further in the fields of languages.
Photography is another important aspect of my being.  During my travels I have taken numerous photos to capture the exquisite beauty of the world. Landscape is a favourite subject of mine and I sometimes referred to my pictures as graphic landscape photography.

I married my husband in February 2007 in his home city Durban in South Africa. We met while both residing in London. We have lived in Reykjavík since 2007.

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