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Legendary Iceland - Land of Fire & Ice, Legacy of Legend

This 90-minute presentation blends together my love of Iceland and its mythology with the amazing landscapes and fascinating history.  Developed in partnership with my Icelandic mother, Ieda Jónasdóttir Herman, I bring a fun and entertaining look at Iceland from someone who grew up there.  Take a journey through Iceland, a land where legends come alive. This presentation blends together the images of the country with the recollection of growing up, modern-day life in Iceland, and the legends and mythology that has been so prevalent from the Viking days through present-day. Using photos and video, the trip starts in Reykjavik from the archeological dig of a Viking settlement to the vibrant city of today.  Using historical references, amazing natural photography and Ieda's memories of growing up, the culture comes alive.  Heidi's entertaining incorporation of the mythology and stories from the Sagas that tie to regions and towns bring the legends to life. The culture and the fascinating history is brought to life through a tour of vibrant photographs and narration.  This is a fantastic interactive experience.  Can be presented in forum, panel group, or as guest speaker presentation

Iceland Folk Tales - Trolls & Legends of Iceland  

This one-hour presentation provides an entertaining look at Icelandic folklore from trolls to wiggle-waggle monsters and many things in between.  The Hidden Folk, Monster Worm, Yule Lads, Gryla, and more! The mythology is a blend of Viking legends, stories from the Sagas, and folklore brought from other countries.  How the Icelandic people have incorporated it into daily life is both fascinating and refreshing.  The warnings, lessons, and instruction presented in the stories reflect wisdom, tolerance, and common-sense approach to life.  I share stories and talk about the meanings -  suitable as an entertaining hour for children ages 6 and up. 

Vitality of a Viking inspired by Ieda Jónasdóttir Herman

A  90-minute presentation of living life with the Vitality of a Viking, based on Scandinavian ideals and Ieda's own philosophy. I outline her secrets of outlook and action that can help participants create happiness and vitality in life, from 30's to 90's and beyond, but is especially relevant to the 50+ crowd. The session is prefect for community organizations, retirement communities, women's clubs or groups seeking motivational speakers. 

Icelandic Cooking Demonstration

The food and cultural history of Iceland is unique to Scandinavia and dates back to the time of the Vikings. I will prepare two dishes from my cookbook while sharing the history and trends of food in Iceland from settlement, to former days, to present. Samples for taste testing included as part of the demonstration. I partnered with my mom, Ieda Jónasdóttir Herman, to develop this presentation from our co-authored cookbook.


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