Fjallkona

In 1924, the tradition of selecting a woman to be the Fjallkona began. The Fjallkona (Maid of the Mountain) is Iceland, and the Icelanders are her children. Mrs. Sigrun Lindal became the first Fjallkona of Islendingadagurinn. At the festival, the selected woman sits on her elevated throne, clad in the beautiful and dignified formal Icelandic costume of a white gown, green robe with ermine, golden belt, high-crowned headdress and white veil falling over the shoulders to the waist. Two maids of honour, formerly clad in plain Icelandic costume with tasseled skullcaps, are now dressed in white. In former years, these maids of honour were known as Miss Canada and Miss America.

Download the Fjallkona Nomination Form.
Learn more about the Fjallkona Walkway in Viking Park.

Janice Arnason 2022-2023 Fjallkona

Janice Arnason is an Educator and musician, born and raised in Minerva at Viðivollum, settled by Magnus and Emmarentiana Narfason in 1897. Icelandic was the first language of her parents, Oli and Guðny Johnson Narfason, and Janice grew up immersed in Icelandic culture and heritage.

Music has long been a part of Janice’s life. She belonged to Anna Steven’s Icelandic Children’s choir and has sung the Icelandic folksongs into her adult life, teaching them to her daughters and nieces. Her nieces: Avery Porteous and Hana Arnason-McNeil, will serve as her attendants.

Janice has been involved with the Icelandic Festival for over 40 years. She’s a former committee chair, board member, past president, and a long-time volunteer. She is pleased that her son, Stefan Arnason, has recently joined the Icelandic Festival Board of Directors, following in the footsteps of her and her husband, Cameron Arnason.

Fjallkona Janice Arnason Photo.jpg (1.62 MB)

Janice has been an integral part of many Islendingadagurinn events including the New Iceland’s Children’s Choir, Music and Poetry in the Park, Music on the Rooftop, the Culture and Heritage Pavilion, Fashion Show, Gala, and Celebrity Concert.

She is an amazing volunteer and community member. In addition to her work with the festival, she’s a member of the Executive and assists with music for services for the Unitarian Church in Gimli. She’s a board member for the Evergreen Festival of the Arts and assists with the Evergreen Band Boosters. She was a committee chair for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, TSN Curling Skins and Relay for Life. She currently helps to administer the Westshore Foundation's Community Arts Fund, established by Oli and Marg Narfason.

Past Fjallkonur

Creative Memories Exhibit - Pictures and stories of past Fjallkonur.

  • 2021 - Anna Stevens
  • 2020 - Anna Stevens
  • 2019 - Margaret Thorlakson Kernested
  • 2018 - Wanda Josephson Anderson
  • 2017 - Tami Jakobson Schirlie
  • 2016 - Karen Borgford Botting
  • 2015 - Linda Sigurdson Collette
  • 2014 - Hedy Gudrun Bjornson
  • 2013 - Maxine Helgason Ingalls
  • 2012 - Constance Magnusson Schimnowski
  • 2011 - Vi Bjarnason Hilton
  • 2010 - Helga Malis
  • 2009 - Elva Jonasson
  • 2008 - Alma Sigurdson
  • 2007 - Rosalind Vigfusson
  • 2006 - Erla Helgason Wankling
  • 2005 - Benna Martin
  • 2004 - Thelma Wilson
  • 2003 - Sigrid Johnson
  • 2002 - Constance Carol Magnusson
  • 2001 - Margaret Wishnowski
  • 2000 - Lenore Good
  • 1999 - Helga Anderson
  • 1998 - Lois Olafson
  • 1997 - Lorna Joyce Tergesen
  • 1996 - Valgerdur Mae Westdal
  • 1995 - Gudrun Gislason
  • 1994 - Dilla Sigurlina Narfason
  • 1993 - Shirley Norma McCreedy
  • 1992 - Gudny Thorunn Cronshaw
  • 1991 - Johanna Gudrun Wilson
  • 1990 - Sylvia Sigurdson
  • 1989 - Lilia Arnason
  • 1988 - Helga Sigurdson
  • 1987 - Sigurlin Holmfridur Roed
  • 1986 - Emily Benjaminson
  • 1985 - Vivienne Jakobson
  • 1984 - Erla Macaulay
  • 1983 - Sveinbjorg Bjornson
  • 1982 - Lilja Martin
  • 1981 - Marjorie Arnason
  • 1980 - Adalbjorg Sigvaldason
  • 1979 - Olivia Svanhvit Stefanson
  • 1978 - Lara Helga Tergesen
  • 1977 - Caroline Gunnarsson
  • 1976 - Lena Thorsteinson
  • 1975 - Violet Einarson
  • 1974 - Sigrun Borga Jakobson
  • 1973 - Kristin Arnason
  • 1972 - Rosa Johnson
  • 1971 - Kristin Rannveig Johnson
  • 1970 - Valdheidur Lara Sigurdson
  • 1969 - Ingibjorg L Asgeirsson
  • 1968 - Sigridur Hjartarson
  • 1967 - Signy Eaton
  • 1966 - Jonina Kristjanson
  • 1965 - Gudrun S Stevens
  • 1964 - Asgerdur Bessason
  • 1963 - Gudrun Stevens
  • 1962 - Ingibjorg Goodridge
  • 1961 - Ellen Magnusson
  • 1960 - Doris Johnson
  • 1959 - Sigrun Stefanson
  • 1958 - Olavia Finnbogason
  • 1957 - Margaret Helga Scribner
  • 1956 - Arnheidur Eyolfson
  • 1955 - Snjolaug Sigurdson
  • 1954 - Lina Goodman
  • 1953 - Jorunn V Thordarson
  • 1952 - Fridbjorg J Jonasson
  • 1951 - Ingibjorg Jonsson
  • 1950 - Steinunn Sommerville
  • 1949 - Holmfridur Danielson
  • 1948 - Matthildur Halldorsson
  • 1947 - Kristin Stefansson
  • 1946 - Pearl Johnson
  • 1945 - Olina Palsson
  • 1944 - Sofia Wathne
  • 1943 - Gudrun Skaptason
  • 1942 - Gerdur Jonasdottir
  • 1941 - Kristin F Jonasson
  • 1940 - Lilja Eylands
  • 1939 - Loa Davidson
  • 1938 - Halldora Jakobson
  • 1937 - Lillian Murdoch
  • 1936 - Bjorg Violet Isfeld
  • 1935 - Lara B Sigurdsson
  • 1934 - Jonina Stephenson
  • 1933 - Jorunn Lindal
  • 1932 - Sigridur Olson
  • 1931 - Sigridur Bjornsson
  • 1930 - Ingiridur Jonsson
  • 1929 - Margaret Olof Backman
  • 1928 - Gudrun Blondal
  • 1927 - Salin Guttormsson
  • 1926 - Ida Dorothy Swainson
  • 1925 - Stefania R Sigurdsson
  • 1924 - Sigrun Lindal
  • Past Maids/Attendants

    2020

    • Ainsley Gretchen
    • Hailey Jones

    2019

    • Julia Roberts
    • Emily Roberts

    2018

    • Stephanie Johnson
    • Willow Josephson

    2017

    • Rhys John Welham
    • Carly Constance Welham

    2016

    • Kristín Arnarsdóttir
    • Erika Sigurlin Thorsteinson

    2015

    • Hanna Elizabeth Helga Sigurdson
    • Mackenzie Collette

    2004

    • Thelma Bjork Wilson
    • Anjolene Rose Kathryn Hunt

    2003

    • Meghan Sproule
    • Britany Maguet

    2002

    • Dayna Gudrun Gendron
    • Vanessa Bryce Gendron

    2001

    • Gillian Robinson
    • Anna Davidson

    2000

    • Elin Catherine Sigurdson
    • Sonja June Sigurdson

    1999

    • Jennifer Kristin Rebillard
    • Lara Arnason

    1998

    • Reyna Lois Jenkyns
    • Victoria Sparks

    1997

    • Sigrid Bergen Stefanson
    • Lana Leigh Goodman

    1996

    • Kimberley Westdal
    • Kristin Westdal

    1995

    • Erin Gudmundson
    • Lauren Palsson

    1994

    • Signy Arnason
    • Amber Narfason

    1993

    • Elin Lara Thordarson
    • Caitlin Mairi McCreedy Spauls

    1992

    • Fern Alexandra Cronshaw
    • Jenna Lynn Rempel

    1991

    • Dawn Janine Rothwell
    • Dianne Elizabeth Drawbridge

    1990

    • Julianna Carol Gudbjartson
    • Kristin Good

    1989

    • Sandra Dorothy McEwen
    • Michelle Karen Wilcox

    1988

    • Linda Fay Collette
    • Sandra Julia Heidrick

    1987

    • Deidre Fay Collette
    • Elizabeth Sandra Heidrick

    1986

    • Joanne Lynn Lindal
    • Marlene Gladys McGill

    1985

    • Tami Mia Jakobson
    • Tara Maria Jakobson

    1984

    • Tami Mia Jakobson
    • Tara Maria Jakobson

    1983

    • Bonnie Martin
    • Nielle Johnson

    1982

    • Not available at this time.

    1981

    • Kristine (Arnason) Becker
    • Karen Olson

    1980

    • Not available at this time.

    1979

    • Susan Lynne Holm
    • Jo-Ann Sigrud Magnusson

    1978

    • Not available at this time.

    1977

    • Cheryl Riglin
    • Jona Riglin

    1976

    • Susan Bjarnason
    • Ingrid Sigurdson

    1975

    • Tracy Arnason
    • Christy Arnason

    1974

    • Thora Jakobson
    • Irene Jakobson

    1973

    • Debbie Arnason
    • Sharon Stevens

    1972

    • Pamela Maureen Downey
    • Katherine Joyce Young

    1971

    • Not available at this time.

    1970

    • Joan Valdina Johnson
    • Maureen Lenore Olafson
     
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