The Icelanders of Victoria is a member club of the Icelandic National League of North America (INLNA). Our focus is on our Icelandic heritage, culture and traditions. Membership is open to people of Icelandic heritage, and people without Icelandic ancestry who have an interest in Icelandic history and culture.
The seeds of the Icelanders of Victoria were sown in 1995 when a small group of people of Icelandic descent began to gather socially. They recognized the need to promote an interest in Icelandic culture, tradition and heritage and in 1997 the present Association was formed.
The Icelanders of Victoria sponsor an annual Þorrablót banquet, an Iceland Independence Day picnic in June, and a Christmas social. We host "coffee socials" for visiting Icelandic tour groups and dignitaries throughout the year, and the club enjoys regular screenings of Icelandic movies and documentaries, which are free of charge and open to members and non-members.
Visiting singers, artists and lecturers round out our cultural calendar. The University of Victoria sponsors the Richard and Margaret Beck Trust Lecture Series on Icelandic history, literature, folklore and art, delivered by visiting teachers, writers and researchers from Iceland. In 2016, our club sponsored a unique concert in Victoria, a renowned Icelandic men's choir on their tour of western Canada. The Icelanders of Victoria have actively participated in the Scandinavian Association since it was formed in 1996, including the annual Scandinavian Christmas Craft Fair and other gatherings. Learn how you can join the Icelanders of Victoria or renew your membership, on our Membership page.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our Board of Directors wants to hear from our members! If you have questions, would like to join or volunteer, have comments, suggestions, or new ideas, please contact us.
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Our annual membership fees are very affordable: the categories are: single, student, couple, family, seniors and senior couples. And you don't have to have Icelandic heritage to join - just a passion for all things Icelandic!
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