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For over 30 years Icelandic Camp has been bringing youth of Icelandic descent together to celebrate their shared heritage.  Over eight days the campers are immersed in all things Icelandic.  From language lessons to viking crafts to writing their own saga the campers start to develop a love of their Icelandic ancestry.


Located just two miles north of Gimli, Manitoba, Canada along the banks of the beautiful Lake Winnipeg, Icelandic Camp provides a safe place for campers to make new friends, visit with old ones and create memories that will last a life time.

The Beginning

In the beginning the idea of holding an annual camp for young people of Icelandic descent was a way to bring kids together from the local area.  With help from Lorna Tergesen, Gunnvor Danielsdottir Asmundson and several other ladies in the Gimli area, the Icelandic Language and Cultural Camp was born.

The Locations

Over the years Icelandic Camp has taken place in several different locales.We currently have residence at the lovely and scenic Camp Veselka, located just 2 miles north of Gimli, Manitoba.  With its rustic cabins, ample spaces, large play area and private beach Camp Veselka has much to offer and more.

The Mission

The Mission of the Icelandic Camp is to provide a place for all children and youth of Icelandic descent (non-Icelanders welcome) to gather and ignite the passion for all things Icelandic in North American youth.  We strive to have our campers learn and speak Icelandic language, not just during camp but all year round.  We promote active involvement in their local Icelandic community and strive to make each youth an advocate for Icelandic Camp!

How to be a part of Icelandic Camp

Whether you want to donate your time, experience, knowledge or money there are many ways to to help the icelandic Camp.  Form ore ways to be a part of the camp please email Camp CEO Brad Hirst at

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