Icelandic Hekla Club

A non-profit 501(c)(3) celebrating all things Icelandic, based in Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

The Icelandic Hekla Club takes its name from one of the most well-known and active volcanoes in Iceland. Located on the south side of the island, standing at 4,882 feet above sea level, it is known to have erupted some 20 - 30 times since settlement in 874, with the most recent being February 2000.

Thank you to Hallgrímur P. Helgason of Selfoss, Iceland for the use of his photograph of Mount Hekla.

In-person meetings are held at the Danish American Center. We will offer both in-person and Zoom meetings as we begin our 97th year. That option may change depending upon the COVID-19 situation.

Saturday, October 16 - 10:30 a.m., program - Val Bjornson Icelandic Exchange Scholars

Saturday, November 20 - 10:30 a.m., program - Ann McKinley family book donations to Ární Magnússon Institute

Sunday, December 6 - CANCELLED in-person Jólabarnaball and Nordic Nook

Saturday, January 15 - 10:30 a.m., program Thorunn Bjarnadottir, Creator of Guide to Icelandic Culture, ZOOM ONLY

Saturday, February 19 - 10:30 a.m., Katrina Mouser - Pure Joy Farms - Icelandic sheep producers

Saturday, March 19 - 10:30 a.m., program Jeannie Entenza, Fulbright Grant Participation in Iceland

Sunday, April 24 - Samkoma and Nordic Nook at the Minneapolis Woman's Club

Saturday, May 21 - 10:30 a.m., Annual Meeting, election of officers, determination of donations

November 2020 Hekla Club presentation by Guðrún Erla Gisladóttir, master quilter, teacher and author.

The Icelandic Christmas Room at the American Swedish Institute: The Past, the Present and the Process

December 2020 Hekla Club presentation by Katrín Sigurðardóttir

Snorri Programs 2021-01-16.mp4

The New and Improved Snorri Programs

January 2021 Hekla Club presentation by Jody Arman-Jones

Gender Equity in Iceland 2021-03-20.mp4

Gender Equality in Iceland

Hekla Club presentation March 2021 by Katrín Sigurðardóttir

Andri Snær Magnason virtually joined Hekla Club on Saturday, April 17, 2021 to share his newly released book On Time and Water.

Become a member or renew your membership for 2021-2022. Check out the Membership page for information and registration.

A limited supply of the 2022 Calendar Majestic Reykjavík are still available at $15 each. Contact for more information. We can mail them for you!

Upcoming Special Events!

Jólabarnaball and Nordic Nook is CANCELLED for Sunday, December 5, 2021

Samkoma is tentatively being planned for April 24, 2022 at the Minneapolis Woman's Club.

Following in the steps of several Icelandic women's groups in the area, the Icelandic Hekla Club was founded on January 30, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the oldest, continuously meeting Icelandic organization in the United States. In 2020 it is proud to be celebrating 95 years of bringing people and Iceland together.

The Icelandic Hekla Club is organized exclusively for educational, cultural, and charitable purposes. The purposes of this corporation include, among others:

  • To educate the public through the promotion of Icelandic educational and cultural opportunities.

  • To cooperate and/or participate, wherever possible, in activities that support and promote Icelandic social, educational, and cultural themes.

  • To promote fellowship among members and involve the Icelandic community cooperative endeavors that support connections between Minnesota and Iceland

  • . To provide a means of reaching those of Icelandic descent and those interested in Iceland.

  • Additionally the Icelandic Hekla Club works to support the Val Björnson Icelandic Exchange Scholarship between the University of Minnesota and Haskóli Íslands (University of Iceland).

The Icelandic Hekla Club enjoys Public Charity non-profit status 509 (a)(2) under the United States Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) and is open to anyone of any age or gender, regardless of ethnic origins.

Contact Icelandic Hekla Club:

Danish American Center

3030 West River Parkway

Minneapolis, MN 55406


2021 - 2022 Icelandic Hekla Club Officers and Board of Directors:

  • President: Jody Arman-Jones

  • Vice President: Ann Hobbs

  • Secretary: Nancy Johnson

  • Treasurer: Jean Mendenhall

  • Immediate Past President: Ásrún Ýr Kristmundsdóttir

Senior Consultants: Dianne O'Konski, Mary Josefson