“The Vikings are coming. The Vikings are coming.”
It is generally accepted that this cry struck fear in the hearts of any European community that heard it.
But, as any Icelander of the Comox Valley knows, this cry was actually met with great joy.
For the Vikings were the great traders of the day. And they may have been returning from a mission from exotic places with all manner of goods for trade.
Or, they may have been engaging in a raid and expropriating all the valuable property they could. It was the luck of the draw.
This is the kind of nonsense the Icelanders of the Comox Valley talk about at the annual Christmas get-together.
This year’s event happens Dec. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Evergreen Lounge at the Florence Filberg Centre.
Coffee and soft drinks will be available. If you wish to bring a treat to share, that would be most welcome.
A donation of $5 will be asked for to cover the cost of the event.
Anyone with a drop of Icelandic blood, or is related to an Icelander or just wants to share the Icelandic experience is invited.
Discussion always takes place around the Icelandic experience in Canada, including the history of the Republic of New Iceland, a short-lived independent land centered by Gimli, Man.
There will likely be discussion about the colossal financial collapse and recovery in Iceland and recent travellers to Iceland will talk about their trip.
People planning a trip to Iceland will get some good ideas at the annual get-together of the Icelanders of the Comox Valley.
For more information, contact Theon Isfeld at 250-334-1880 or Erik Eriksson at 250-334-3306.