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Summardagurinn fyrsti! Happy First Day of Summer!

It’s Summardagurinn fyrsti! Happy First Day of Summer! In the old Norse Calendar there is Summer and Winter. That’s it! Marking the rotation of the sun and moon as shared by only two seasons makes sense. Did you know that human time on earth used to be counted in winters rather than years? In Canada […]

Vinarterta. Our Prized Christmas Cake

Vinarterta. Our Prized Christmas Cake. People of Icelandic heritage in North America all know it, and identify with it so strongly you would think it was a living person. Families guard their own variations in number of layers and flavouring so intently that emotions rise when ever the recipe is discussed. Every version is wrong […]

Vinarterta. Live and Let Live.

Vinarterta. You used to say Live and Let Live. (You know you did. You know you did. You know you did.) Was life easier when you were young and your heart was an open book? And now in this ever-changing world do you yearn for time to stand still, or slow down for just a […]

Vinarshock: An unexpected realization

Vinarshock, n,; – The unexpected or astonishing realization that almost every family of Icelandic descent in North America, and all their friends, know and love Vínarterta. It still happens. Vinarterta is that good. It is a coveted, protected, personal and family tradition. It is brilliant at connecting with the heart and feeling exclusive yours. It […]

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

Icelandic Folktales Can Be Ghostly!

Icelandic Folktales can be Ghostly! The Well-Known Icelandic Ghost Story ‘The Deacon of Dark River – Djákninn á Myrká is a one of the scariest Icelandic Folktales. ‘A deacon at Dark River had a relationship with a servant girl at a nearby farm. After one of his visits to her, he told her he would […]