How it Started
The idea for the Snorri Program came up at the Nordic Association's office and is based on the same idea as Nordjobb, a Nordic exchange program that arranges summer jobs for young people in the Nordic countries.
The idea was welcomed by everyone and the timing was perfect. The Nordic Association and the Icelandic National League Iceland (INL-Iceland) became co-operative partners in implementing the Snorri Program by offering a group of 19 young people to participate in a six week program in the summer of 1999. The program was sponsored by the Leifur Eiríksson Millenium Commission in 1999 and DeCODE Genetics Inc. made a generous contribution in 2000.
Aims and Objectives of Snorri
The primary aim of the Snorri Program is strengthening the bonds between people of Icelandic descent in North America and the people in Iceland. The purpose of the program is to encourage young people of Icelandic descent to preserve and nurture their Icelandic cultural and national heritage within the multicultural societies of Canada and the United States. The program also aims at strengthening the ties with Iceland and Icelanders as well as strengthening the ties to other Icelandic communities outside of Iceland.
Snorri West - One of the program's original objectives was to make the program reciprocal. In 2001 the Snorri West Program started in Manitoba with two participants. The province of Ontario organized a program in 2008, but that was the only year. The Manitoba program ran for 10 years until 2010.
In the summer of 2012 Minnesota, Manitoba and North Dakota co-operated on a new four-week Snorri West Program. Following that year, four North American corridors (East Coast, Central, Midwest and Pacific Coast) were identified and each corridor is visited by the Snorri West program once every four years.
Snorri Plus - In 2003 the Snorri Program mainframe was expanded to include a program for those who find themselves just above the proposed age range (30+) and for those who may be traveling as a couple. This is called Snorri Plus and is a two-week program that runs in August of each year
319 people of Icelandic descent have participated in the Snorri Program, over 208 in Snorri Plus and around 100 in Snorri West.
The Government of Iceland, Icelandair and the City of Reykjavík.
Previous sponsors have been: Landsbanki, The Savings Bank, VISA Island (now Valitor), Síminn, Skipti & Eimskip Various municipalities and companies have sponsored the program with modest contributions.
The Icelandic National League of North America has sponsored the Historic tour around Iceland since 2009.
All the Snorri Programs are non-profit.
The Snorri Foundation Board
Current Board of Directors 2019-
Hulda Karen Danielsdóttir - chairman, on behalf of INL Iceland
Kristján Sveinsson - On behalf of the Nordic Association - firstname.lastname@example.org
Soffía Ásgeirs Óskarsdóttir - on behalf of INL Iceland
Julie Rose Summers - on behalf of the Snorri Alumni Association - email@example.com
David Gislason - on behalf of INL NA
Ástrós Signýjardóttir - Alternate member, on behalf of INL Iceland - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ásdís Eva Hannesdóttir - Alternate member, on behalf of the Nordic Association - email@example.com
Halldór Árnason, 2010-2019
Almar Grímsson, 1999-2002 & 2004-2010
Róbert Trausti Árnason, 2002-2004
Project Manager in Iceland:
Ástrós Signýjardóttir - firstname.lastname@example.org
Former Project Managers in Iceland:
Sandra Björg Ernudóttir
Ásta Sól Kristjánsdóttir
Icelandic National League of North America
Project Manager in North America:
2015 - present
Jody Arman-Jones Minnesota, USA
Former Project Managers in North America:
2001 - 2010
Wanda Anderson, Manitoba, Canada
2012 - 2016
Gail Einarson-McCleery , Ontario, Canada