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. The program is organized and operated by the Icelandic National League of North America (INLNA), in cooperation with the Snorri Foundation. 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. Meet relatives and experience how Western Icelanders are keeping their Icelandic heritage alive in their communities.
In 2017….Experience four weeks traveling around Icelandic settlements in Utah, USA as well as Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. You will attend Iceland Days in Spanish Fork, Utah, commemorate Iceland’s Independence Day in Markerville, Alberta and celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in Regina, Saskatchewan. Imagine hiking the Rocky Mountains, exploring the former home of huge dinosaurs, walking on beaches and through vast prairies, swimming in lakes, enjoying picnics and bonfires but most of all experiencing the Icelandic settlements and culture of Utah in USA as well as the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada. Make new friends and meet relatives! Your host families will introduce you to people your age and treat you to local events.
If you are interested in a fun educational and cultural exchange program Snorri West is the one!
The Snorri West Program runs for four weeks in the summer and includes:
- Round-trip fare from Iceland
- Accommodation and board
- Culture and History programs,
- Genealogy assistance to 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. 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 visit 2014; next anticipated visit 2018;
Central - Minneapolis, St. Paul, 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.
Mid-West - 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 visit 2013; scheduled for 2017.
Pacific Coast - Seattle, Point Roberts and Blaine, Washington, USA, as well as Victoria and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Past visits 2015: next anticipated visit 2019.
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 2016.
Would you like to...
...meet your “Western Icelandic” relatives?
...celebrate Sautjándi júní in North America?
...experience Canada Day (July 1) in Canada?
...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 2017 deadline is February 17
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!.