November 2013 Volume 1

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The online newsletter from the Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle

Dear Fellow Icelanders,

Today you are receiving our 1st, online "Geysir Newsletter".

We are very excited to have this format available to keep you involved and informed of events that we think you will be interested in. 

In the past, the club produced a beautiful hard copy "magazine" styled newsletter. While this was very nice to receive in the mail, it was expensive. Whether we have sponsors or not, to help cut costs, we find that going paperless, is not only beneficial for the environment, it is beneficial to our bottom line as well. 

For those who are not online, we will of course be sending them a hard copy. 

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments,  ideas and photos, birth and death announcements, that we can add to your new newsletter let us know. 

Thank you for your continued support, 


President ICGS

Mark Your Calendars!


Here Are Some Upcoming Events:

Time to renew!

As we are nearing the end of 2013 it's time for all ICGS members to start thinking about getting our membership dues in for 2014. An excellent holiday gift for yourself and your family!

Check out for new memberships prices and mail your checks to: Icelandic Club of Greater Seattle attn: Membership P. O. Box 70102 Seattle, WA 98127

Icelandic American Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Reception 

Thursday, November 7th, 5:30pm

Seattle Reykjavik Sister City Association and AMIS (American Icelandic Chamber of Commerce) will be hosting a Trade Mission in Seattle 

There is also a reception at the Nordic Heritage Museum on Thursday November 7th at 5:30 that everyone is invited to.

Please RSVP for the reception to


Soup & Cinema: Summerland (Iceland)
Tuesday, November 12th, Noon 

Enjoy Nordic films and wholesome soup on the second Tuesday of each month. November features the Icelandic comedy Summerland (with English subtitles) with delicious corn chowder. 

On Tuesday, November 12, we continue this season of Soup & Cinema with the Icelandic movie Summerland/Sumarlandid. Lára, a mother of two, is gifted with a sixth sense. Not only does she communicate with people in SUMMARLANDIÐ (the sweet hereafter) in open trans-séance sessions, but she also has good connections with elves. In her garden she and her husband, Oscar, have a big elf stone, which Lara attends to every day. Oscar runs the family business of elf tourism and medium sessions. Business is not exactly booming, so when he gets an offer from a German eccentric to sell the stone for a substantial amount, he is very tempted... (Fimed in Kópavogur and Hafnarfjörður)

We will serve home made corn chowder with bread, cookies, and coffee. 

Cost: $8 for Members; $12 for non-Members. 

Nordic Heritage Museum 3014 NW 67th, Seattle


Saturday & Sunday, November 23rd & 24rd, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Get a head start on your holiday shopping or simply enjoy the atmosphere at Yulefest, the event that offers a taste of a traditional Nordic Christmas. 

Find the perfect present for each person on your holiday shopping list by perusing the Nordic-inspired wares of more than 40 merchants. New this year: Yuletide Gifts -to-Go Silent Auction from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day gives you a chance to purchase exclusive experiences, special gifts, and more! The annual Yulefest Raffle features the grand prize of two roundtrip tickets to Scandinavia aboard Icelandair, in addition to many other prizes! Raffle tickets may be purchased before and during Yulefest at the Museum. 

The weekend-long festival presents authentic open-face sandwiches in the Nordic Café; winter treats such as krumkake at Goodies-to-Go, lefse in the Kaffestuga, and Danish æbleskiver and the holiday beverage glögg, a hot spiced wine and the toast of the Bodega! 

Scandinavian fiddlers, singers, and folk dancers bring Nordic culture to life, performing on stages throughout the Museum. Young and old alike enjoy free holiday-inspired crafts, activities, and visits with Santa. 

Admission is a suggested donation of $3 for adults, $1 for kids 6 to 11, and kids under 6 are free. Limited parking is available for a suggested donation of $2. 

Special thanks to our  sponsors: Carlsberg, Icelandair, Ivar's, Odin Brewing Company, Scan|Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun, Summit Seafoods, and Union Bank.

Saturday, December 7th 2 pm Our annual Christmas party. A celebration for the child in us all! Come join us for Icelandic treats, music, crafts, and dancing around the Christmas tree. Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church, 2400 NW 85th Street, Seattle

ICGS Annual Board Meeting
Sunday, January 12th 2 pm Come vote for your new officers!
 Nordic Heritage Museum, Ballard

Thorrablot 2014
Saturday, February 22nd 6 pm Traditional Icelandic food and raffle ticket prizes. Some prizes include a trip to Iceland courtesy of Iceland Air and gift baskets from Iceland! We also have a special musical performance from Iceland.

President's Tea

Saturday, May 3rd 2014
For current and past Fjallkonan and Princesses

Time and location to be determined...