What an exciting time to be Icelandic and have roots in North Dakota!!
The ICA is hosting the 98th Annual Icelandic National League of North America. This is the first time we are hosting this in ND and we’re pretty sure it will be a long time before we host it again!
We are putting together a beautiful progam that details the activities along with donor recognition.
Please consider a donation to support the convention and it will be placed in the program! Send in a Memorial to honor your loved one that has passed on, what a great way to recognize our heritage!
Thank you kindly,
 INLofNA 2017 Convention Committee


May 4-7, 2017 we will gather for a very fun and interesting weekend with our Icelandic friends and cousins to celebrate our Icelandic Heritage and Culture. Come on our Adventure Tour, Visit with others excited about our Icelandic heritage. 

Come for the weekend $150 or just Saturday afternoon and evening $50.

Click here to register if you live in the US or Canada!  (Instructions are below)


  • Once on the event page, choose event – Icelandic National League of North America.
  • Enter username Iceland and password North Dakota.
  • Mobile Users: Click on the link above. From the Mobile Site, Scroll down to the bottom. Click on ‘Full Site’. Go back to original link to register and click it again to register. (Thanks to Verónika from the Washington, DC Club for the mobile tutorial).

Coming from Iceland?  Register here!
Make your payment from Iceland here.

Questions about registration contact Jolene at littlehelga@hotmail.com

Hotels and Conference Venue:  CanadInn of Grand Forks, and the Alerus Center.
Rooms are available now for booking. You have to call to make the reservation.

The CanadInn: Tel: (701) 772-8404
Standard rooms are $99 May 3 and 4, $139 May 5 and 6.  201 superior guest rooms, also available with suites, and our Penthouse on Main business suites. We offer three diverse restaurants, a two-level gaming lounge, free high-speed internet, and inside access to the Alerus Center. Plus for the “children in all of us” our 40,000 square foot Splasher’s of the South Seas Indoor Waterpark and Garbonzo’s Pizza and Arcade. Block expires 03 Apr 2017.

Airline Information:  http://gfkairport.com/ is the website for the Grand Forks Airport. It is 6.4 miles (10 minutes) from the Alerus Center and the hotels.


Thursday, May 4th   Registration, Welcome, Meet & Greet  – Alerus Center

4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Registration

Check your welcome bags for a puzzle piece and begin searching for the other 8 people who can help you finish the puzzle. The first groups of 9 people to bring their completed puzzles to Jolene will each win a prize. Each type of puzzle will have a first-place winner and a Grand Prize for the first team to turn in their completed puzzle. All 9 members need to be present.

6:30 p.m. – 12 a.m. Meet and Greet: Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

7- 8 pm Entertainment – Cassie Stadem, Harpist

8 p.m. Welcome

    Jolene Halldorson-Ullyott, Convention Chair

Friday, May 5th Viking Voyage

7:30 a.m. Arrive at the Alerus Center.

Those staying at Expressway Inn have a free breakfast at their hotel. If you need a breakfast, we will have a bagged light breakfast available for taking on the bus.

8:00 a.m. Buses Depart from Alerus Main Door for Day Trip to the

Icelandic Settlement Area Northeast North Dakota

See the Icelandic Community, highlights, terrain, and learn about the Icelanders of northeast North Dakota. Meet the people who live there. Interact. ‘Connect the pieces’ of our shared Icelandic story.

Coffee and water breaks in the morning and in the afternoon provided by the Gardar Ladies Aide and the Pembina County Historical Museum volunteers.

11 – 1 pm Lunch at the Mountain Community Center provided by  the Icelandic Communities Association (ICA)

Entertainment – Susan Sigurdson Powers Accordionist

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.   Dinner on your own in Grand Forks

7:00 p.m. Speakers and Award Recipients gather before ceremony

7:30 p.m. INLNA Awards and Opening Ceremony, Alerus Center

Light Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar,

Wear your Icelandic National Costume or come as you are

9 p.m. Music by Downtown Horns

Rock and Roll, Country, and Rhythm and Blues with one of the most popular dance bands around, this 9-piece group featuring Cavalier native and ND Icelander Lynn Schroeder will entertain you and get you up and dancing with their vocals and horns.

Saturday, May 6th   Exhibitions and Vendors, Silent and Live Auctions,

Annual General Meeting and Gala Banquet – Alerus Center

7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Buffet Breakfast

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Exhibition and Vendor Hall Open

8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Annual General Meeting (AGM) of INLNA

Registration 8:30, Meeting at 9 a.m. Vendors will be available for those who do not wish to attend the AGM.

10 – 10:30 a.m. Photos of INLNA Board of Directors

Member Club Presidents / Individuals

10 – 10:30 a.m. Silent Auction Opens – will close at 8:30 p.m.

Coffee and Visit with Vendors for everyone

10:30 Snorri West Program Presentation– Jody Arman-Jones

10:45 Snorri Program Presentation – Ásta Sól Kristjánsdóttir

11 – 11:30 a.m. K. N. Julius Connections 

Kristin Már Torfason presents on the strong connections between Thingvalla township in ND and Akureyri, Iceland and the story of K.N. Julius, a famous poet born in Iceland who came to North Dakota where he was honored and loved.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Buffet Lunch provided by the ICA

Welcome to Grand Forks, Dr. Michael Brown, Mayor

12:30 p.m. “Connecting the Pieces” puzzle awards.

1 p.m. Gold on Ice

Hilmar Ragnarsson and Anita Briem present on their upcoming movie, Gold on Ice. The story of first-generation Canadians of Icelandic immigrants, who against great odds and ethnic prejudice become the first to win the Gold in ice hockey at the 1920 Olympics.

1:30 p.m. Cinematography of Iceland

Kyja Kristjansson Nelson, a Fulbright Scholar to Iceland in 2005,  2007 Bush Artist Fellow, and Moorhead State University’s Professor of the Year presents modern cinematography of Iceland.

2 – 2:30 p.m. Coffee and water break – Visit with Vendors

Silent Auction

2:30 p.m. Þjóðminjasafn 

National Museum of Iceland in a Historical Perspective

Margrét Hallgrímsdóttir from the National Museum of Iceland presents her amazing finished masterpiece book and shares a presentation about her work with the National Museum

3:00 -4:00 p.m. Markland and North Dakota 

Connections by the Nova Scotia group and their project to preserve the story of our shared ancestors with connections to Iceland, Nova Scotia, North Dakota, and the rest of North America.

6:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. Gala Banquet Celebrating the INLNA and

ICA “Connecting the Pieces”– Alerus Center

Wear your Icelandic National Costume or come as you are and enjoy the social, dinner with live entertainment, silent auction and live auction followed by music and dancing.

6:30 p.m. Cash Bar Social Hour – Silent Auction Open

7:00 p.m. Dinner

8:30 p.m. Silent Auction Ends

Live Auction Begins

9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. Music by Brothers Jukebox

Sunday, May 7th     Genealogy Workshop – CanadInn Upstairs above the Lobby

8 – 9 a.m. Light Breakfast and coffee provided by Icelandic Roots

9 – 9:20 am Icelandic Roots Presentation, Meet the Volunteer IR Team of genealogists, historians, and IT experts

9:20 a.m.   Genealogy Workshop on finding your living cousins, your ancestors, Timeline of Events, Famous People, and other connections. Learn more about the work and very fun websites of the nonprofit Icelandic Roots.


Thanks so very much. Save the date. Spread the word. Connect with other Icelanders. If you can help out with any portion of planning, during the convention, or make a donation, please let us know.