Category Archives: People Folk

Ever sneak a little slice that you thought no one would notice?

Ever sneak a little slice that you thought no one would notice? Were you in a house where the Vinarterta was treasured and tasted so much like home you couldn’t resist? And on the most special of occasions where it sat wrapped and tauntingly tasty; did you ever NOT slice a paper thin sliver, again […]

Culture is all the ways we remember, tell and celebrate our stories.

Culture is all the ways we remember, tell and celebrate our stories. This photo is of a print that was on the wall at Lónkot in Skagafjörður, Iceland (a beautiful Guest House) near where vagabond artist and poet Sölvi Helgason (1820-1895) was born. An interesting character, he called himself ‘Sólon Íslandus’ and believed that he […]

I hope there is Vínarterta

Many Large ‘Amma’ Vínarterta were delivered to Vancouver for a very special event; the Icelandic National League of North America INLofNA Convention. At breakfast on the first morning I heard someone say longingly: “I hope there is Vinarterta.” I realize some people probably know more than I do about Vinarterta, and the power of it […]

Seven Layered Vínarterta (Not Six)

“How then are we to relate to our ancestors? How are we to feel ourselves in some meaningful way Icelandic and in a direct line of descent of Icelandic values and an Icelandic way of life? Well, for Western Icelanders here in North America the answer is a practical and pragmatic one. We use food. […]

Life’s a piece of cake….

During our ‘There and Back Again 1875-2015 Tour’ of Iceland last summer we enjoyed the most wonderful of dinners at Tjöruhúsið in Ísajörður in the Westfjords of Iceland. It was indeed a happy highlight of the trip! Fresh, abundant, tasteful food warmed us after a long day of adventuring in the most amazing of landscapes. […]

Honorary Consul Approves Vínarterta!

Gail Einarson-McCleery Honorary Consul Approves Vinarterta! Gail is a recipient of the Icelandic Order of the Falcon. She is the Culture and Youth Director of the Icelandic National League of North America, the INL Representative of the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto & Honorary Consul of Iceland in Toronto. In June of 2015 the Icelandic […]