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Strandarsaga – INL of NA convention registration now open



Registration of the 2016 annual convention of the Icelandic National League of North America is now open at the website of the Icelandic Canadian Club of British Columbia, which is hosting this year’s convention (http://www.icelandicclubbc.org/convention2016/). Mail-in registration is also available.
The theme of this year’s convention is “Strandarsaga: a coast story.” The convention will run from Thursday, April 28 until Sunday, May 1, 2016, with the main portion of the convention taking place on the Friday and Saturday. It is being held at the River Rock Casino Resort, located close to the Vancouver International Airport.
This year’s convention will showcase five early Icelandic Settlements in Victoria, Point Roberts, Ósland, Hunter Island, and Sunnybrook and we will include the history of Icelanders in Vancouver and Golden. We will also explore what the people of Icelandic descent are up to these days on the West Coast. We are excited and pleased to present Hólmfríður Arnardóttir, General Manager for Fuglavernd / BirdLife Iceland and Hafþór Yngvason, Director of the Western Gallery and Public Art Collection at Western Washington University.


Life in Iceland

  Author: Maxwell Thomas,Winnipeg, MB


My life in Iceland has been the most magical time of my life. Starting when I landed, it felt like I was transported to a whole new planet, with the ocean staring at me from one side and the mountains greeting me from the other. I just embarked on a wonderful, amazing, and exciting journey, one that would change my life forever. The real truth is, I never thought it would be to the level it has been.
When we got though customs, I was greeted by the 16 faces with whom I would spend the next six weeks. Each one of them, including Ásta Sól, would make this trip the best it could be and I hoped that I could do the same for each and every one of them. Getting on the bus from the airport to Reykjavík I just stared out to the distance trying to take it all in. I was finally here. It felt like home is the only feeling I can really think of.
Once in Reykjavík, we got unpacked and hit the ground running. This was the time when we could really be us – explore our Icelandic roots and become one with the island that our families came from. A group of us set out on an adventure, not unlike the first settlers who found this island centuries ago. Unlike our ancient relatives, we landed at a place that was already colonized. We just walked. I don’t think any of us really knew where we were going – well minus maybe Alex, who had the map, but that’s not the important part.


Viking Homeland displayed by the Embassy of Iceland

Photo: Lou Howard Author: Lou Howard, Ottawa, ON


On Saturday, January 9, 2016, Ambassador Sturla Sigurjónsson, his wife Elín Jónsdóttir, and Ólöf Sigvaldadóttir, cultural attaché, presented an interesting display of Iceland, the home of the Vikings, in support of the Family Adventure series presented by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, this program was on Symphonic Vikings.
The Icelandic display was one of several in the main lobby, the mezzanine, and the amphitheatre levels of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. There are two one-hour concerts, at 1:30 and the other at 3:30. The families come early before the concerts and participate in the displays.
The Icelandic display featured a large TV screen with a continuous loop of seven videos featuring Iceland and its interesting geographic features. There was a handout of a 5-minute CD on Iceland, a map of Iceland, flags, a 28-page booklet on Iceland prepared by Inspired By Iceland, a complete set of the Icelandic sagas, and a full collection of Icelandic wool yarn, examples of crochet products using fine-spun wool and colouring of the wool from natural sources. There was a spinning wheel, two sets of wool carders, and a large bag of washed wool.
This part of the display was ably demonstrated by Elín Jónsdóttir, who taught many children how to card wool, then showed them how to spin yarn out of the fleece, and gave the children samples of their carded wool. Youngsters and teens alike were keen to watch and learn from her.


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