Baker Birgir Róbertsson recently opened Toronto’s first Icelandic bakery, Viking Bakery, on Danforth Street.
The bakery offers Icelandic delicacies such as kleinur, snúðar, flatkökur and vínartertur as well as Icelandic bread. The opening attracted a lot of interest, Birgir told Morgunblaðið: a queue formed out the door on the opening day, after coverage in the Toronto Star.
Birgir moved to Gimli, Manitoba, following the 2008 banking collapse in Iceland and opened Reykjavik Cafe in the town in 2010.
Direct flights between Iceland and Toronto run by Icelandair allow Birgir to import Icelandic confectionary and dried fish, he said, as well as easily travel back to Iceland.
Between 1870 and 1900 close to a quarter of the Icelandic population moved to North America, mainly to Manitoba, which is known as New Iceland. Íslendingadagurinn (the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba) is held each year to celebrate Icelandic heritage and culture.
The annual Þorrablót held by the Icelandic Canadian Club of Toronto was held on Friday.