Upcoming Events

The_Solfar_credit Stephanie_Benjamin

Solfar – photo credit Stephanie Benjamin

Upcoming Events:

Icelandic Cinema Afternoon

Sunday, April 8 , 2018  3:00 pm : Children of Nature  (1991) directed by Friðrik Þór Friðriksson

University of Victoria, David Strong Building, Room C118

Parking at UVIC is free on Sundays – and so is the movie!


Past Events:

Thorrablót (Þorrablót)  Saturday, March 3, 2018, Norway House, 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

For more information or tickets, contact: Fred Bjarnason 250-507-6253, Ruth Cartwright 250-812-1563, Margo Matwychuk 250-384-1197, Vorna Butler 250-721-3299, Bev Norman 250-415-5630, Runa Pleshak 250-478-4778, Rheta Steer 250-721-4960 or 250-532-7628.

If you’ve never tasted Icelandic cuisine you’ll find some delectable food here, some imported from Iceland, together with North American dishes that are more familiar.

It’s a great opportunity to see old friends, make new ones, join the club or renew your membership. See you there!


Annual Christmas Social    Saturday December 16, 2017 at Norway House, 1110 Hillside Avenue, Victoria  3:00 – 5:00 pm

Annual Christmas Social – It’s a potluck but you are welcome to just bring yourself and a friend or two, and enjoy delicious coffee (made the Icelandic way) and lots of lovely treats!


Scandinavian Christmas Craft Fair    Saturday November 18, 2017

10 am – 4 pm, Free Admission – Norway House, 1110 Hillside Avenue, Victoria

A great place to do all your Christmas shopping!


2017  Topics in Scandinavian Studies: Visiting professor Dr. Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir, Professor of Second Language Studies and Associate-Dean of the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University of Iceland

From the Sagas to Sigur Rós

Dr. Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir

Registration Required: September through December 2017, Mondays and Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:20 pm, starts Thursday September 14th. See attached pdf document for options available to community members who are interested in registering for this credit course. “From the Sagas to Sigur Rós: An Introduction to Icelandic Language and Culture,” which includes explicit beginning language instruction as well an exploration of Icelandic history and culture.

Open to the Public:

“North American Icelandic: The Only Variety of Icelandic Spoken outside of Iceland” September 24, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Clearihue Building A202

“Teaching Icelandic Online: Free and Open Language Courses” October 22, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Clearihue Building A202

“English in Iceland: A Microcosm of Communities Affected by the Spread of English” November 19, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Clearihue Building A202


Annual General Meeting – Sunday, September 17, 2017.  Please remember that if you wish to vote you must be a paid-up member, or purchase your membership prior to the meeting. The location is the Social Room at Cedar Shores, 77 Gorge Road West.

Scandinavian Fall Fest Potluck – Saturday September 16, 2017.  Norway House, 1111 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, BC

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

2017 Celebration Picnic for Icelandic Independence Day  Saturday, June 17, 2017

“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.

Icelanders of Victoria Annual Christmas Social – bring your friends and family! Sunday Dec 18th, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Norway House

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.

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.

Annual General Meeting & Pot Luck Dinner – Sunday October 2, 2016 

Independence Day Picnic: Friday June 17th, 2016

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

Strandarsaga : 2016 INL Convention

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



17th Annual Scandinavian Craft Fair Saturday November 14th 2015  10 am – 4 pm  Norway House – 1110 Hillside Avenue, Victoria BC

October 18, 2015 4:30 pm: AGM, potluck dinner and movie.

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 2016 – Tally Ho Banquet Room


16th Annual Scandinavian Craft Fair Saturday November 15th  10 am – 4 pm Norway House – 1110 Hillside Avenue, Victoria BC


Thursday October 9th is LEIFUR EIRÍKSSON DAY


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.

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.


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.

2015 INL Calendar available now

2015 INL Calendar

VIKINGS Exhibition at the Royal British Columbia Museum




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