Opening Hours:
     June 1 until September 1  
     11.00 - 18.00

Welcome to the Icelandic Emigration Center at Hofsos

The Icelandic Emigration Center was founded in 1996 and dedicated to commemorate Icelandic emigrants to North America and to promote connections between their descendants and the people of Iceland. The Center now offers four exhibits in three separate buildings, as well as a genealogical information service, library facilities and more. The exhibitions combine text, photographs and tableaux to illustrate the conditions in Iceland that influenced the decision to emigrate, the journey to the ‘New World’ and the new way of life they encountered.

Visitors also have the opportunity to consult with staff about their Icelandic ancestors, accessing information found on our database and in our library. If you are planning a journey to discover the lives of your ancestors, contact us for assistance in identifying family ties and making connections that will enhance your visit.

Einar Kvaran - author, poet and previously Canadian immigrant and journalist at Heimskringla, from a lecture delivered in Reykjavík, November 2, 1895.

“…no matter what opinion one may have of the emigrants, I am utterly convinced that all men of sense would agree that of all the movements which have arisen in Iceland since the Reformation, the emigration movement is the most significant. Without doubt, it has captured the public imagination to a greater extent than any other popular movement of the last 300-400 years, and has directed the people of Iceland onto a path that they could never have known before. Every nation on Earth views the emigration to the New World as a deeply momentous event in its history. Wherever one looks, it has brought with it new wealth, new labour practices, and new ideas, in a word, new life. But because our nation is the smallest, poorest and most isolated of all the world’s nations, and because as a people we have been at greater risk of becoming stubborn, eccentric, narrow-minded cranks, whose national ambience is that of the farmhouse living-room, where the invigorating breath of cosmopolitan culture can never circulate, then I would not be surprised if all right-thinking men would conclude that the emigration movement will be of considerable more significance to our nation than to any other on Earth."

■ri­judagur 6 desember 12 2016