The Icelandic Order of Freema­sons — Grand Lodge of Iceland


Freema­sonry in Iceland began in 1913 when a „society of brot­hers“, Edda, was esta­blished, in Reykjavik. Then, in 1918 Edda became a lodge of instruction. A year later, on the 6th of January 1919, it became a fully warr­anted lodge. Since then, a total of twelve warr­anted lodges and six lodges of instruction have been esta­blished. Icelandic Freema­sonry was under the juris­diction of the The Nati­onal Grand Lodge of Denmark (Den Danske Frimurer­orden) until 1951 when the Danish Grand Master constituted the Grand Lodge of Iceland as a sover­eign Order which has a total membership of 3379 as of the 15th of Mars, 2011.

Icelandic Freema­sonry operates according to the Swedish Rite which is the dominant system in four of the Nordic countries and to some extent in Finland and Germany. It cons­ists of eleven degrees, all of which are consi­d­ered a part of Freema­sonry. This system differs consi­derably from those used in English-speaking countries. However, there are common character­istics which make a visit to an Icelandic lodge meeting interesting and most wort­hwhile.

Masonic visitors from abroad belonging to Masonic Grand Lodges recogn­ized by the Icelandic Order of Freema­sons are cordially invited to participate in lodge meet­ings as they wish. A dark suit, white shirt and a conservative tie is recomm­ended and masonic regalia are desirable but not required. Visitors will be asked to identify themselves with papers from their home lodge and in a Masonic manner. Information on meet­ings of indi­vidual lodges and contacts with telephone numbers are to be found on this homepage. It is recomm­ended that you call ahead if you wish to attend. Brot­hers will be pleased to assist you in finding a suitable lodge meeting.