The Icelandic Society in London
The Icelandic Society in London seeks to enhance and improve bonds between both Icelanders and other members of the Icelandic Society living in London. Its mandate is to maintain and strengthen the ties to Iceland as well as to increase its member’s knowledge about the United Kingdom and Britons.
The society hosts various events every year as well as it promotes other Icelandic events and events connected to Iceland in some way.
Among the events that the Icelandic Society hosts are:
Þorrablót – is an Icelandic midwinter festival that takes place in the month of Þorri, according to the Old Icelandic Calendar. It is usually held in the second or third month of the year. The members of the society get together and eat traditional Icelandic food, drink dance and sing songs that praise the Þorrablót and Iceland and give speeches honouring the qualities men and women.
Fullveldishátíð – A sovereignty festival marking the 1st of December 1918 when Icelanders became a free and independent in nation. From that day Iceland had full control of its domestic affairs but remained under the Danish crown until 1944. This day is commemorated with a cultural festival showing off the various Icelandic talents residing in London, ranging from fashion and literature to acting and photography. This event circles around the 1.december each year.
Eurovisionparty – Iceland is a big Eurovision nation and every year we wholeheartedly believe that our song is the best and is destined to win! Therefore it is necessary to get together and play a drinking game when it does not. When the points start rolling in from other nations you drink whenever “your” country gets a point. Needless to say the person that routes for Iceland in the game seldom gets drunk except in 1999 and 2009 when we got 2nd place!
Other events include but are not limited to: Easter bingo, June 17th (Independence Day), election nights and a Christmas dance for the children.
If you are interested in Iceland, in love with an Icelander or just like us join in the fun, register for our mailing list!
Learn Icelandic in London!
Take an evening course in UCL Language Centre and learn Icelandic! Courses are taught at five levels from complete-beginner to post-advance. Classes are held weekly for two hours, either at 17:00-19:00 or 19:00-21:00. Please see their website for further information on course dates and fees.
It is also possible to learn Icelandic online with a native speaking tutor visa this website:http://www.icelandic-lessons.com/. Face-to-face lessons can also be arranged for those based in London.
For press related matters regarding the economic situation in Iceland, please contact the Embassy of Iceland, 2A Hans Street, London SW1X 0JE, tel.: +44 (0)20 7259 3999 , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For matters relating to the Icelandic Society, please contact us either via email@example.com or by contacting any board member directly as listed below.
The Board of the Society 2012-2013
- Sesselía Ólafsdóttir, Chairman (formadur (at) ifelag.co.uk)
- Nanna Guðmundsdóttir, Treasurer (gjaldkeri (at) ifelag.co.uk)
- Aðalbjörg Sigurðardóttir, Webmaster (vefstjori (at) ifelag.co.uk)
- Steina Adolfsdóttir & Þorgeir Freyr Sveinsson, Editorial (ritari (at) ifelag.co.uk)
- Guðný Jónasdóttir, Board member (medstjornandi (at) ifelag.co.uk)