Icelandic Hekla Club

Following in the steps of several Icelandic women's group 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 2018 it is proud to be celebrating 93 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).

Contact Icelandic Hekla Club:

Danish American Center

3030 West River Parkway

Minneapolis, MN 55406


Fun and fellowship, advance notice and invitations for all events.

Dues are $15 a year running September through August. Women of any age are welcome. Contact us at or attend a meeting if you are interested in becoming a member.

2018 - 2019 Icelandic Hekla Club Officers and Board of Directors:

  • President: Patricia Johnson Brennecke
  • Vice President : Ásrún Yr Kristmundsdóttir
  • Secretary: Maggie Hjalmarson Lesher
  • Treasurer: Ann Gudbjartsson McKinley
  • Immediate Past President: Jody Arman-Jones

Senior Consultants: Mary Josefson, Dianne O'Konski