What is Thorrablot? Þorrablót?

What is Thorrablot? It was a sacrificial midwinter festival offered to the gods in pagan Iceland of the past. It was abolished during the Christianization of Iceland, but resurrected in the 19th century as a midwinter celebration that continues to be celebrated to this day. The timing for the festival coincides with the month of Thorri, according […]

A distinct ethnic identity symbolized by beloved Vínarterta and Langa Amma’s Striped Shirt

1875 marks the year that thousands left Iceland when faced with devastating conditions. They brought with them to North America a reputation for safeguarding their distinct ethnic identity that can be symbolized to by beloved Vínarterta, and by my Langa Amma (Great Grandmother) wearing a striped shirt. Virtually unknown today in Iceland in its present […]

Imagine it’s 1875 in your Eldhús Cookhouse (Yes, your Kitchen)

Here’s your Eldhús Cookhouse: How will you cook, wash the wool, hang the lamb to smoke and make the Vínarterta without it? Imagine it’s 1875 in the your Eldhús (Cookhouse = Kitchen) and you’re considering what your new kitchen will be like in North America. At Glaumbaer, Skagafjörður, at the ancestral home of Guðriður Þorbjarnardóttir […]

It was a Warm Summer Evening in the Vinland Meadows

Looking back: Westward Viking Festival ‘A Taste of Vinland’ Gala Showcase Parks Canada, L’Anse Aux Meadows National Historic and UNESCO World Heritage Site Newfoundland July 25, 2015 Nýja Island Forréttir og Eftirréttur New Iceland Appetizers and Dessert Súmar A Warm Summer Evening in the Vinland Meadows Cucumber and Herbed Goat Cheese Herb Emulsion of Dill, […]

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 […]