Upcoming Events

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Solfar – photo credit Stephanie Benjamin

Upcoming Events:

Thursday June 29, 2017: Coffee Social with visiting Icelandic tour group  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm  Norway House, 1110 Hillside Ave., Victoria

Almar Grímsson is bringing a busload of Icelanders to Victoria! We will be hosting them for a coffee social at Norway House, please come and say Hi! They have toured through the Rockies, the lower mainland and Point Roberts and will do a short stay in Victoria.  These folks are from all over the country and interested in meeting people of Icelandic descent and potential relatives. Everyone welcome!

If you have any questions please call Fred Bjarnason 250-507-6253


Past Events:

2017 Celebration Picnic for Icelandic Independence Day

Saturday, June 17, 2017. Please subscribe to our news if you would like to be notified, or would like more information about membership. You don’t need to be a member to come to the picnic!


“Greetings from Iceland” tour date for Victoria: Friday April 28, 2017: The Heimir Male Voice Choir of Iceland is presenting a concert in Victoria, to honour the descendants of Icelanders here on the West Coast.  Christ Church Cathedral, 8:00 pm. Admission by donation.



Thorrablot 2017  Saturday March 4, 2017  Norway House.

Dr. Ástráđur Eysteinsson, University of Iceland, visiting professor at UVIC, will be presenting the last of 3 Beck lectures: “Searching for Iceland: A Literary Quest” Sunday November 20th, 2016. UVIC, Clearihue Building, Room A212, at 2:00 pm. Open to the public.

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Icelanders of Victoria Annual Christmas Social – bring your friends and family!

Sunday Dec 18th, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Norway House

Feel free to bring coffee or goodies to share, there will be Hangikjot available for sale, and the INL Icelandic Christmas Calendars will be available as well ($12)

Beck Lectures Series: Dr. Margaret Willson – “What Defines Survival? – The Seawomen of Iceland” – Thursday, Nov 3, 2016. UVIC, Clearihue Building A203, 7:30 pm.

Dr. Ástráđur Eysteinsson, University of Iceland, visiting professor at UVIC, will be teaching a credit course on Island Literature in September 2016. Schedule: Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:20 a.m. Registration required, see attached documentation (downloadable pdf’s). Link to information on UVIC website.

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Dr. Ástráđur Eysteinsson, University of Iceland, visiting professor at UVIC, will be presenting 3 Beck lectures. Sunday afternoons at 2:00, September 18th, October 23rd and November 20th, 2016. Open to the public. Clearihue Building, Room A212.  The Beck Lectures page for complete information (downloadable pdf).



Annual General Meeting & Pot Luck Dinner – Sunday October 2, 2016 – call Fred Bjarnason 250-507-6253 or Bev Norman 250-415-5630 for details and address

Independence Day Picnic: Friday June 17th, 2016  5:30 pm

Join us for our fabulous annual potluck celebrating Icelandic Independence Day!

Renew your membership, or join the club and meet your Vancouver Island Icelandic cousins….

Please contact Fred Bjarnason or Bev Norman for location and directions.

Email addresses and phone numbers are found on the Board of Directors page.


Iceland’s Ambassador to Canada visit: April 27, 2016

Iceland’s Ambassador to Canada, Sturla Sigurjonsson is coming to Victoria!

He has been invited by the Beck Lectures to speak at the University of Victoria. In his talk, he will give a historical overview of the bilateral relations between Iceland and Canada and their allies. He plans to discuss the current relationship between the two countries and identify areas where Iceland and Canada have a stake in closer cooperation, as well as pointing out how Icelandic experience can be applicable to Canada.

He will be speaking on Wednesday April 27th, 7:30pm, Room A308 in the Clearihue Building at the University of Victoria.

A reception with light refreshments will be served afterwards. You are invited to attend and meet the Ambassador.


Strandarsaga : 2016 INL Convention

Website : http://www.icelandicclubbc.org/convention2016/

On Site April 29 and 30

Organized Activities April 28 and May 1

Hosted by The Icelandic Canadian Club of B.C.


Thorrablot 2016

Saturday March 5, 2016 : Norway House

Ticket 2016


Icelandic Films at Victoria Film Festival

The University of Victoria and the Victoria Film Festival take great pleasure in inviting you to attend two award-winning Icelandic film showings.

The director Grímur Hákonarson will introduce the movie Rams and will also answer questions afterwards.

Virgin Mountain / Fúsi
Saturday, February 6 at 8:45 p.m.
The Vic Theatre

Love, even for the apparently unlovable, is a funny thing in in Dagur Káriʹs brilliant
and subtle film. At 43 years old, shy, introverted and massive, Fúsi is a man just pacing
away the days of his life forever alone. One night at a country dance lesson (his desperate
momʹs idea, by the way), he meets the vivacious single-mom Sjófn. Their unlikely romance
is not just something he wasn’t prepared for. Itʹs something you canʹt prepare for.

Rams / Hrútar
Monday, February 8 at 6:30
Odeon 2

On an isolated sheep farm in Iceland, two brothers, Gummi and Kiddi have not
spoken in 40 years even though they occupy the same farmland with houses only 100 feet
apart. When disaster strikes in the form of a deadly disease infecting the sheep, the
government steps in and provokes one brother to defy the authorities in order to save their
rare breed. While a film about sheep could seem a little sleepy, Rams proves otherwise,
offering an enjoyable, often poignant, thought-provoking look at the absurdity of men.

Please note: The usual movie ticket prices will apply for both films and in addition
the Victoria Film Festival requires that “all 􀀁attendees must have their own ($2)
membership and be 18 years or older.”


Genealogy Night

Sunday January 31: UVIC, Clearihue A105, 7:30 – 9:30 pm


Annual Icelandic Club Christmas Party

Sunday December 13, 2015    Norway House

2 – 4 pm, Coffee Social



17th Annual Scandinavian Craft Fair

Saturday November 14th  10 am – 4 pm

Norway House – 1110 Hillside Avenue, Victoria BC

Free Admission

October 18, 2015 4:30 pm: AGM, potluck dinner and movie. Contact a board member for address.

June 17, 2015: Annual Picnic celebrating Icelandic Independence Day 

Movie Afternoon – April 19th, 3:00 pm …. Continuing: the Vesturfarar series                                             Location: UVIC, David Strong Building, Room C118


Thorrablot 2015 ticket

Our annual Thorrablot celebration: March 7, 2015 at Norway House

Genealogy Seminar with Fred Bjarnason

Sunday January 25 – Tally Ho Banquet Room


16th Annual Scandinavian Craft Fair

Saturday November 15th  10 am – 4 pm

Norway House – 1110 Hillside Avenue, Victoria BC

Free Admission


Thursday October 9th is LEIFUR EIRÍKSSON DAY

An annual tradition started by members of the various local Nordic societies is gathering for a pub night to recognize that Icelandic-born Leif Eiriksson discovered North America 500 years before Columbus. Come out and join us in Viking attire, wearing your Icelandic sweater or just come as you are and share some refreshments at the IRISH TIMES PUB starting at 8pm . Be prepared to yell “SKÁL” at least once during the night!

8 pm, Thursday OCT 9, IRISH TIMES PUB
1200 Government Street, Victoria, BC


Invitation to All Icelanders of the Pacific Northwest: Saturday October 11, 2014

Coffee Reception, 2-4 pm, Saturday, October 11, 2014 in the banquet room at the Tally Ho Hotel, 3020 Douglas St, Victoria, BC

Mr. Valgeir Thorvaldsson, director of the Icelandic Emigration Museum and entertainer Thorhildur Bjarnadóttir are touring the Pacific Northwest to promote and research a new exhibit for the museum in Hofsós.The focus of the exhibit will be Icelandic settlers along the west coast of North America, Ósland (Hunters Island), Vancouver Island, Point Roberts, Blaine, Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria. They will be giving a presentation of interest to all along with some entertainment, come out for this interesting discussion some coffee and a visit.

Those descendants of early settlers with pictures or family histories please contact Fred Bjarnason 250-507-6253 to ensure your family is part of the exhibit at Vesturfarasetrið museum.


Richard & Margaret Beck Trust Lecture: Friday October 17, 2014

Icelandic Traditional Music: Rímur and Tvísöngur : Dr. Guðrún Ingimundardóttir, Tónskóla Fjallabyggðar, Iceland

Dr. Guðrún Ingimundardóttir is the chairman of Ríma, the traditional folk singers group in Fjallabyggð, Iceland. She founded Stemma – The Icelandic Traditional Folk Music Association in March 2013 and is the first teacher of Icelandic traditional singing (kveðskapur) in an official music school in Iceland (Tónskóli Fjallabyggðar). Her presentation will focus on rímur and other traditional musical forms. Guðrún has a M.A. in music theory and composition and a Ph.D. in music composition with a minor in ethnomusicology (2009) from the University of Arizona.

UVIC, Clearihue Building A307  10:30 – 11:20 am



AGM – Friday Sept 26, 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the Icelandic Association of Victoria will be held on Friday, September 26 at Norway House. It is a potluck dinner night, doors open at 5:30pm, dinner begins at 6pm with the meeting to follow at 7:00 pm.


2015 INL Calendar available now

2015 INL Calendar

The Icelanders of Victoria have the 2015 INL calendars for sale. The theme for the this year is waterfalls, and it is another beautiful calendar. The club is selling them for $12. You can get your calendar by calling Fred Bjarnason at 250-507-6253.


VIKINGS Exhibition at the Royal British Columbia Museum




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