Ivory Vikings and The Importance of Walrus Ivory to the Greenland Norse Proven

The Royal Society published research on August 8, 2018 that backs up Nancy Marie Brown’s theory about the importance of walrus ivory to the Greenland Norse, and ‘Now proves beyond doubt that much of the ivory traded to Europe during the Middle Ages really did come from Greenland.’ Author, historian Nancy Marie Brown’s latest book, […]

Tíu Droppar

In North America, you go to the home of someone of Icelandic descent, and she asks you if you want a cup of coffee. ‘Tíu droppar’, you say. Just ten drops. (And of course that means you really want much more than ten drops, especially when it’s made with a bag.) It’s coffee time! Kaffitími! […]

Women are the Influencers

Women are the Influencers bringing a new future into time. They are a powerful force for change. They are out there acting on their dreams. They are believing in their power to shift attention from the ordinary to the extraordinary. They are thriving through collaboration, generosity, love and empowerment of others. (And the support of […]

Sponsorship from Iceland’s Reyka Vodka!

We’re thrilled to announce Sponsorship from Iceland’s Reyka Vodka for Arden Jackson’s upcoming events! Since the beginning of our Vínarterta adventure in 2012, our handmade Vanilla Extract has been a signature flavour adding to the brilliance of our exceptional baked goods. We infuse rare and extravagant Organic Madagascar Vanilla Beans into this clear, clean, smooth, […]

Runes on Sticks!

How did the Norse Express their Love? With poetry of course, and Runes on Sticks! Old Norse Love notes inscribed on Rune Sticks have survived for a 1000 years. Yup, here’s your last minute idea to add to the chocolates and roses. You can carve your beloved’s name or a loving note on a stick! […]

Survival Skills

What are your winter survival skills for 2018? For some like Fred, between skates on a frozen lake, riding a fat bike, following animal tracks and listening to the birds in Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba, it is a piece of Vínarterta and a virtual chat with colleagues from the heart of the snowy […]

The Dream Begins….

Here’s a lovely thought!: The dream begins in the same place that the dream comes true. What is your Christmas Wish? Where does your dream begin? When you drill down to your heart’s desire, does it include an experience of love and connection? When I think of you, I see you as part of something […]

Letter to Einar 1918

In Remembrance: Letter to Einar 1918 is to Einar Jóhannsson Stadfeld from his brother Hallgrímur Jóhannsson (Grímur) Stadfeld. It was in Halifax, Nova Scotia on September 22, 1918 during WW1 that these young men prepared for war, trained, competed in sports (those boys from the Riverton area were fast runners), dreamt and thought about home….. […]

Home is not where you live.

If home is not where you live. Where is it? There is a big difference between feeling at home and being home. The heart and mind bind together what we know as people and family, place and belonging, shelter and protection, objects and connection. Our emotions and the experience of our senses attach meaning to […]

Seven Different Kinds of Weather

‘There are seven different kinds of weather on one autumn night.’ Says an Icelandic Saying. I’m feeling the cold rain under the grey sky and longing to stay in for a warm gathering of friends and coffee. I’m even game for celebrating with another Thanksgiving feast. Do you feel that way? I’m imagining you visiting […]