Icelanders Visit Nova Scotia
Thor, tour director of Vesturheimur
sf Thortravels, and Almar Grimsson, President of the Icelandic National
League, brought 48 senior
Icelanders to Nova Scotia on September 10th, 2009, for a one
week visit. This was their first organized tour to Nova Scotia.
The Icelandic Memorial Society of Nova
Scotia hosted the group at Markland on Sunday, September 13th. The group were introduced to the executive/members of the Society
and were told the story of Markland and the Memorial Cairn erected in
2000. After a half hour walk
into the old settlement, the group came to Lot 3 (Stadatunga, Sigurdur
Jonsson) where the Society plans to erect a erect a replica of the log
cabins built by the Government of Nova Scotia for the pioneer settlers
(l875-l88l). The visit ended
with a drive to Moose River Gold Mines Provincial Park for a picnic and a
visit to the local museum.
wrote a message to the Society as follows: “I can honestly say that this
day will be the highlight of the tour. The arrival at the cairn, your very excellent plan, flags,
Icelandic music, refreshments, but first and foremost, the very warm
welcome we all felt as we stepped off the bus. Many may not understand the English language all too well, but a
warm welcome never goes unnoticed…We will begin our plans right away for
next year. This will be an annual event”.
On Monday, September 14th,
the group travelled to the South Shore. The first stop was in Lunenburg
where the Bluenose was built. Next stop was Mahone Bay to take pictures of
the three churches. Finally a stop at Peggys Cove to see the lighthouse and the DeGarthe
On Wednesday, September 16th,
the group motored to the Annapolis Valley. First stop was the look off at Blomidon (183 metres).
The group had lunch in Wolfville where they got to see Acadia
University. The bus then took
them to Grand Pre where the expulsion of the Acadians took place in 1755.
The last stop was at Gaspereau Vineyards, where the group were able to
test 6 different kinds of wine.
The weather could not have been any
better. September is a great
time to visit Nova Scotia. The
leaves are beginning to change colours. The apple trees are in full bloom.
The Society was honored to host the Icelanders on this visit. We look forward to another group of people coming next fall.
Jonas is also making plans to take a group of people from
Halifax to Iceland (3.5 hour flight) in June 2010.
Chair of the Icelandic Memorial Society
of Nova Scotia