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And the Viking Battle Begins!

Gimli, Manitoba

Around a century-and-a-half ago, thousands of Vikings left the homeland they’d created in Iceland to settle in North America. Their rich tradition of myths and legends and sagas continue in New Iceland, which was a 50-mile reserve of land on the west coast of Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, originally established by the Canadian government for Icelanders within Canada.

Gimli was the heart of New Iceland then — and still is today. The small community, named for the home of the Gods in Norse mythology, hosts many celebrations throughout the year, with totally free Islendingadagurinn in August the crowning jewel.

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