Who is Snorri?
Snorri Thorfinnsson was the first ever North American born of Icelandic decent. The Snorri Program is named in his honour.
The Snorri Foundation offers three different programs to accommodate different age groups (18 to 29 and 30+) and nationalities (Icelanders living in Iceland or Western Icelanders living in North America).
The Snorri program was founded in 1999 and offers young, North Americans (18 to 29) of Icelandic decent, the opportunity to participate in a diverse six-week trip to Iceland: two weeks in Reykjavík studying Icelandic, three weeks with relatives and one week exploring Icelandic nature.
The Snorri Plus program was introduced in 2003 for people over the age of 30. Whether you’re of Icelandic decent or not, we welcome enthusiasts alike to participate in this unique two-week cultural experience. Influenced by the Snorri Program, Snorri Plus meets the needs of Iceland enthusiasts 30+ while focusing on Icelandic heritage and family history. For the non-Icelanders, they will help to modify the program accordingly.*
The Snorri West Program is available to Icelanders residing in Iceland between the ages of 18 to 25 who have Canadian relatives and want to learn about their Western Icelandic heritage.
Snorri West verkefnið veitir ungu fólki á aldrinum 18-25 ára tækifæri til þess að heimsækja ,,Nýja Ísland” í Kanada og kynnast þar menningu, tungumáli og sögu svæðisins.
12 to 16 applicants are selected yearly for each of the Snorri program by the Snorri Foundation.
Applications are typically due in January or February of the same program year. The Snorri program runs in the summer.
*Please note that even though we feel it’s important to include and encourage spouses and friends of Icelanders to join Snorri Plus and learn about Icelandic history and culture, applications for those without any Icelandic connections will be reviewed on a case by case basis.