Arrival

Like a dream come true, Iceland Eyes has made it to the Big Time: printed and bound in a pretty book called Reykjavík, one of two volumes in the Iceland Cool and Crisp series published by Veröld, with more to come.

All the photos in the book are from this blog, though I created the accompanying text to suit the form and intent of the book: something bright and pretty, informative and creative for travelers to take home with them for a decent price. Their editor, Bjarni Þorsteinsson, did a fantastic job of manifesting into physical form two hard-cover excursions into the visitor's Iceland. Kudos to him!

And I have to thank my parents, Þórir and Ásthildur Roff (Thor and Asta) for prompting me often, especially when they were still out in California, to post another photo, to keep on with the blog. Likewise, the steady stream of compliments and comments from around the world, from strangers who believe in and like what Iceland Eyes has to offer, keep me encouraged and inspired to find those sweet visual moments in the bustle of the busy world. Faithful visitors, you know who you are: Many Many Thanks !!! And to my children Valentína and Óðinn: your patience with me as I post is invaluable. When the urge to write takes over and I shush you as I fall into a spell of words, you give me the time to let it happen, even if it means dinner is late. Love and love and love ~.~

19 comments:

Stan said...

Til hamingju! Congratulatons!

That's really wonderful that you are not only recognized, but accessible to that part of humanity that does not (yet) read blogs!

H.M. said...

Kudos to you, and congrats! Outstanding. Thank you for continuing to give so many of us our "Iceland fix." :)
Cheers

Djaddi said...

Congrats! :) I'll keep an eye for them at the bookstores :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!

Your blog was a treasure to me when I started researching our trip to Iceland, and in the following two years since our trip, I looked forward to every single post. (And still!) The photos are wonderful...you capture the spirit and energy of Iceland.

Congratulaions, again. Thoroughly deserved.

Laura

Maria Alva said...

Oh, the love! So good to get such supportive and hearty congrats! Once again, thanks to all!

digdug said...

the covers look beautiful! i can't think of a better souvenir to take home the next time i am blessed with time in reykjavik. congratulations! you rock!

christa9198 said...

I'm so excited about this. Can't wait to read the book. Is it available now?

Alex said...

Congratulations!

I've been a big fan of your photos (and your blog in general) for a while now.

Where is the book available? Is it for sale outside of Iceland?

Maria Alva said...

The book isn't available outside of Iceland yet, but you can always email the publisher at bjarni@bjartur.is and let him know that you're out there in the world and you'd like a copy. I'm assuming that he intends to place it on Amazon, but go ahead and write him (I'll do so too!) so we can get that to happen sem fyrst, or asap!

addy said...

Congratulations Maria - you rock!!!

Love you sis,
Addy

Luis said...

Many congratulations for this !

Julie said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you! I love your blog!

Julie said...

Oh! I just noticed you had me on your sidebar! lol I'm not Vivre Sa Vie anymore though. I deleted that blog.

jingraham said...

Congratulations! I wrote you a comment earlier on - I went to high school with you and was on drill team with you as well. Jill Johnson in high school. I read your blog religiously and can't wait for the next picture to be posted! I never in my life considered visiting Iceland until I started reading this blog. Now it is a top 10 destination spot for me in the future! Once again, congratulations!!

Maria Alva said...

Thanks, Jill. I remember you! Hope all is well in your life. Definitely drop me a line when you get here :-)

And Addy, my wonderful big sis, your official copy is on it's way!

Julie, I'll change the link to your newer blogs...nice stuff by the way. Love The Promise!

digdug, faithful reader since day one, so glad you're still out there. And Luis, who's commented so often, helping to remind me that the world's a very big small place, thank you too.

Viszlát Sjáumst said...

Congratulations Maria!

Wow, what an accomplishment. Iceland Eyes is a stop I make regularly. Keep up the great work.

Next April will mark 10 years (gasp!) since my only visit to Iceland... These publications are one more reason I'll add to my list of "Reasons to return to Iceland"...

Thanks again. Sjáumst!

Fía Fender said...

Til hamingju með bókina þína elsku María. Flott hjá þér stelpa!!!

shiborigirl said...

my kids paternal grandmother is icelandic and at the moment they are all in iceland for a visit. they have all been visiting your blog in anticipation of this trip and i'd love for them to pick up a copy for me while they are there. where can they get a copy?

thanks for your great blog and wonderful photos!

Tony said...

That's awesome! I just need to find one now...Amazon, perhaps?