INLNA 2017 Convention in North Dakota

The ICA provided a wonderful experience for all attendees. We had a sell-out crowd, great entertainment, speakers, food, and the wonderful Friday ‘Viking Voyage’ tour.  Thanks to all the 30 volunteers for your time, effort, and smiles. It was a wonderful weekend and the ICA should be very proud of the work accomplished to provide such a fun and interesting convention for the INLNA.

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Here is the information from our 2017 INLNA Convention below:

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.

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. 

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: is the website for the Grand Forks Airport. It is 6.4 miles (10 minutes) from the Alerus Center and the hotels.


Tentative Convention Schedule:
Thursday, May 4th in Grand Forks at the Alerus Center

4:00.–7:00 p.m.               Registration

6:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.     Meet and Greet Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

8:00 p.m                           Welcome by Jolene Halldorson-Ullyott, Convention Chair

8:15 p.m.                          Viking Voyage Information, Shirley J. Olgeirson, Fleet Commander

Friday, May 5th in northeast North Dakota and in Grand Forks

Viking Voyage

7:30 a.m. Arrive at Alerus Center

8:00 a.m.  Ships Depart from Port Alerus for Day Trip to the Icelandic Territory in 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.

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.  Lunch at the Mountain Community Center provided by the Icelandic Communities Association (ICA)

Entertainment—Susan Sigurdson Powers Accordionist

5:00–7:00 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 Opening Night/Awards Ceremony

Wear your Icelandic National Costume or come as you are.

9:00 p.m. Music by Downtown Horns with  Hors d’oevres and a cash bar


Saturday, May 6th in Grand Forks

7:30–9:00 a.m. Buffet Breakfast

8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Exhibition and Vendor Hall Open

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

8:30 Registration for AGM

9:00 AGM Begins

10:00–10:30 a.m.  Photos of INLNA Board of Directors Member Club Presidents / Individuals

10:00 a.m.–8:30 p.m.  Silent Auction Open

10:30 a.m. Snorri West Program Presentation, Jody Arman-Jones

10:45 a.m. Snorri Program Presentation, Ásta Sól Kristjánsdóttir

11:00–11:30 a.m. K. N. Julius Connections, Kristin Már Torfason presentions 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

12:30–1:00p.m. “Connecting the Pieces” puzzle awards

1:00–1:30 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.

1:30–2:00 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.

2:00–2:30 p.m. Coffee and water break, check out Silent Auction items and visit with vendors

2:30–3:00 p.m.  Iceland’s History and treasures at the National Museum     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.–1:00 a.m.  Gala Banquet Celebrating INLNA and ICA “Connecting the Pieces”

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

10:00 p.m.–1 a.m. Music by Brothers Jukebox

Sunday, May 7th in Grand Forks

8:00–9:00 a.m.  Light Breakfast and coffee provided by Icelandic Roots

9:00–9:20 a.m.  Icelandic Roots Presentation, Meet the Volunteer IR Team of genealogists, historians, and IT experts

9:20 a.m.  Geneology 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.

Bring your laptop, smart phone, iPad, or tablet. Free Wi-Fi available. Free access to the Icelandic Roots Database with many of the IR Genealogy Team available to assist attendees


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.