The Oddfellow Order in Iceland
Address: Vonarstræti 10
101 Reykjavík, Iceland.
Telephone no.: + 354 551 4420
Fax no: +354 562 9960
E-mail: Skrifstofa Stórstúknnar
The principles of The Independent Order of Oddfellows are Friendship, Love and Truth. The symbol of the Order is the three links that represent these principles and are tied together in a chain.
The main goal of the Oddfellow Order is based on honour and humanity. All members of the Order must live and work according to its moral ethics, set a good example and help to make society a better place.
Humanity and charity:
The Oddfellow Order takes part in humanitarian and benevolence matters and is therefore in nature a charity organization.
The Lodge meetings are held either once or twice weekly during the period 15th September to 15th May and the meetings proceed according to a special ritual, where emphasis is on the ethical message of the Order.
The origins of Oddfellowship dates back to the 18th century in Britain.
The first Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows was established 1819 in Baltimore in the USA but the first women’s Lodge was established in the year 1851.
The Order in the USA spread rapidly throughout all the States. In Europe the first Oddfellow Order was established in Germany in 1870. In 1878, the Order spread to Denmark.
In Iceland the first Oddfellow Order Ingólfur Lodge No 1, was established 1 August 1897. The first women’s Lodge, was Bergþóra Rebekah Lodge No 1. established 21 May 1929.
The Independent Order of Oddfellows in Iceland
The Order in Iceland now consists of 28 brother Lodges and 18 Rebekah Lodges.
The Mastership of the Order is the Grand Lodge and the Head of the Order is the Grand Sire.
The Grand Lodge is the legislative assembly for the Order. Each Lodge in the country has its representative in the Grand Lodge.
There are 9 Oddfellow locales in Iceland today and they are used by brothers and sisters and their relatives.