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.

 Anna Stevens 2020-2021 Fjallkona

Anna Stevens was born in 1923, the daughter of Jóhann Vilhjalmur (W.J.) Jóhannsson Árnason, or Villi, whose family immigrated from Syðri-Villingadalur in Eyjafjörður, Iceland, and Guðrún Björg Björnsdóttir Johnson, who immigrated from Egilsstaðir in Vopnafjörður, Iceland.

Anna married Elert Stevens and they have lived all of their life in Gimli, Manitoba. Anna has a very large family which includes five children; Judy, Heather, Sharon, Deanne and Glen, and dozens of grand-children and great-grand children.Following in the footsteps of her mother, Anna has been involved with the Lutheran Church for most of her life, and was always willing to take on a big role in church events. She directed the Icelandic Children’s Choir and knows many of the old favourites by heart. She has sung in the Lutheran Church Choir for many years and frequently sings with the Happy Hour group at Betel.

Fjallkona 2020 - Anna Stevens

Anna is a Life Member of the Gimli Icelandic Canadian Society and has been involved with the chapter since she was 16. As a teenager she would write out the meeting minutes in Icelandic for her father, Villi, who at that time was the Secretary/Treasurer of the chapter.

Over the years Anna has been an active participant of the Icelandic National League of North American (INL) and continues to attend INL events to this day. In 2018, at the age of 95 years old, Anna and her good friend, Dilla Narfason, drove into Winnipeg to attend the INL banquet and had such a good time they didn’t make it back to Gimli until midnight!

Anna is an avid knitter, and has knit hundreds of traditional Icelandic sweaters, mitts, hats and more. Some years ago she and her sister-in-law, Diddy Arnason, were written up in Canadian Living magazine with pictures and directions on how to knit Icelandic sweaters. Anna has lent many of her pieces to the Icelandic Festival over the years for fashion shows, and had members of her family model them.

She loves to bake and many a dainty has gone out to functions and sales. Anna also been very involved with both the Gimli Curling and Skating Clubs.

Anna regularly attends the Wednesday afternoon Icelandic talk sessions at the Waterfront Centre in Gimli, and Gimli Icelandic Club meetings. These ‘chats’ are helping keep the Icelandic language alive in our community.

In her life Anna has made countless contributions to the community and encouraged her family, friends and others to celebrate their Icelandic culture and heritage. Her positivity and enthusiasm for life has endeared her to everyone that knows her.

She has never missed an Islendingadagurinn, and we are so honored to have her as the Fjallkona of the 132nd Icelandic Festival.

With contributions from Dilla Narfason and Janice Arnason

Past Fjallkonur

Creative Memories Exhibit - Pictures and stories of past Fjallkonur.

  • 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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