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.

Monthly Meetings begin at 10:30 am. CT on the 3rd Saturday of each month, September through May. Until further notice, all meetings will be via Zoom.

  • November 21, 2020 - Master quilter, teacher and author, Guðrún Erla.

  • December, 2020 - American Swedish Institute Nordic Christmas Rooms

In-person meetings are held at the Danish American Center, though that facility is currently closed until further notice.

Become a member or renew your membership for 2020-2021. Check out the Membership page for information and registration.

The 2021 Calendar Majestic Iceland is now available for order.

Calendars sold out.

Upcoming Special Events!

Jólabarnaball and Nordic Nook on Sunday, December 6, 2020 at the Bloomington Events Center formerly known as the Knights of Columbus has been cancelled. A virtual event on the Nordic Christmas Rooms at the American Swedish Institute is being planned, with details to be announced at a later date.

Samkoma on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Minneapolis Woman's Club has been cancelled due to COVID-19. A virtual event is being plans with details available early in 2021.

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, regardless of ethnic origins.

Contact Icelandic Hekla Club:

Danish American Center

3030 West River Parkway

Minneapolis, MN 55406


2020 - 2021 Icelandic Hekla Club Officers and Board of Directors:

  • President: Ásrún Ýr Kristmundsdóttir

  • Vice President : Jody Arman-Jones

  • Secretary: Dianne O'Konski

  • Treasurer: Ann Gudbjartsson McKinley

  • Immediate Past President: Patricia Johnson Brennecke

Senior Consultants: Mary Josefson, Dianne O'Konski