What is Snorri West?
Strengthening the ties between the US, Canada and Iceland
Like its sister programs, Snorri and Snorri Plus, the primary purpose of Snorri West is to strengthen the bonds between the people of Iceland and people of Icelandic descent in North America. Snorri West is organized and operated by the Icelandic National League of North America (INLNA), in cooperation with the Snorri Foundation in Iceland. 2001 was the inaugural year of the program, a year when one of the original aims of making the Snorri Program reciprocal was met. The program has grown and changed over the years, but to date, some 100 people have participated.
Snorri West provides the opportunity for Icelandic young people ages
18 - 28 to follow the trails of ancestors who emigrated from Iceland to North America (Canada and the United States), discover the adopted countries, cultures, languages, stories, and nature, as well as explore the communities created by these intrepid travelers. Priorities are to help identify, locate and contact relatives and experience how Western Icelanders are keeping their Icelandic heritage alive in their communities.
In 2020….Experience four weeks traveling around Icelandic settlements in the "Heartland" of North America in Minnesota and North Dakota, USA and Manitoba, Canada. You will celebrate Icelandic heritage at several community events - August the Deuce in Mountain, ND and Íslendingadagurinn and Icelandic Camp in Gimli, Manitoba. Swim, kayak, hike...enjoy local cuisine, picnics, BBQ's and bonfires...make new friends and meet relatives...share local cultural treasures and events in both large metropolitan areas and small towns, but most of all experience the Icelandic settlements and culture of North America.
If you are interested in a fun, educational and cultural program, Snorri West is the one!
The Snorri West Program runs for four weeks in the summer and includes:
- Round-trip fare from Iceland
- Accommodations and board
- Culture and history programs,
- Genealogy assistance to identify, locate and contact relatives
- Sightseeing and recreational activities
See what it's all about in this VIDEO!
Due to the vast size of North America, for the purposes of the Snorri West program, the continent is divided into four corridors - Central, Mid-West, East Coast, and West Coast - with one corridor visited each summer on a rotating basis. Highlight destinations of each corridor include:
East Coast - Washington, D.C., USA, and Canadian destinations of Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario, L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Past visits 2014 and 2018; next anticipated visit 2022.
Central - Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Minneota, Minnesota, USA; Mountain, North Dakota, USA (including the Icelandic celebration August the Deuce); Gimli, - the heart of the New Iceland Colony and home to Íslendingadagurinn, the Interlake region of Arborg, Riverton, and Hecla, as well as Brandon and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Past visits 2012 and 2016; next anticipated visit in 2020.
Midwest - Salt Lake City and Spanish Fork, Utah, USA; Edmonton, Markerville, Calgary and Drumheller, Alberta, Canada, as well as Saskatoon, Vatnabyggð area and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Past visits 2013 and 2017; next anticipated visit in 2021.
Pacific Coast - Seattle, Point Roberts and Blaine, Washington, USA, as well as Victoria and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Past visits 2015, 20.19; next anticipated visit in 2023
Snorri West History
Snorri West 2001-2010 was in Manitoba, Canada under the direction of the United Icelandic Appeal with Wanda Anderson as Project Manager.
In 2012, under the guidance of Gail Einarson-McCleery (Canada), the Icelandic National League of North America (INLNA) took on the leadership and organizational roles for the Snorri West program. Jody Arman-Jones (USA) joined Gail in 2015 and is the current Project Manager in North America.
Would you like to...
...meet your “Western Icelandic” relatives?
...celebrate Sautjándi júní in North America? (depending upon the date of departure from Iceland)
...experience Canada Day (July 1) in Canada? (depending upon the date of departure from Iceland)
...enjoy the 4th of July in the United States of America? (depending upon the date of departure from Iceland)
...participate in Icelandic heritage celebrations?
…make lifelong friendships?
...improve your English?
...see where some famous Icelanders lived?
...experience culture and history of the Icelandic settlers in North America?
Snorri West is an opportunity of a lifetime!
A summer you will never forget - APPLY TODAY!
– The Snorri West deadline is February 21, 2020.
For further information and if you would like to talk to a previous participant please email:
firstname.lastname@example.org (English) and email@example.com (Icelandic)
Click here to read some of the participants’ comments about the program and here to see some pictures!.