The 2021 IR Fitness Challenge
Starts June 12th
Joins as a team or as an individual, all are welcome to participate.
Cost: $20 USD / person
Duration: June 12 - August 7
Route distance: 830 miles/1330 km (Ring Road) or 56 miles/90 km (Golden Circle)
What Is the Icelandic Roots Database?
Icelandic church records
Ancestral farm photos
Geo-tagged locations, including: churches, cemeteries, farms, towns and more.
The “Relationship Calculator”: See how you are related to others in the database!
Detailed passenger lists
And so much more!
Expert and personable genealogists are available to answer your questions.
All information is verified and sourced.
Every day our genealogists connect new member trees, photos, census records, ship lists, and other media. The counter below updates every 15 minutes!
Support your Icelandic community
We are a 100% non-profit organization run by a dedicated team of volunteers.
Over the past 7 years your membership has helped us "pay-it-forward" by awarding over $102,500 USD in scholarships and heritage grants!
Grant recipients have included: The Snorri Programs, Icelandic Camp, The New Iceland Heritage Museum, the Grund Cemetery Restoration Project, the East Iceland Immigration Center (Vesturfaramiðstöð), and more.
We also award scholarships to participants of the Snorri Program and Icelandic camp, as well as students enrolled in Icelandic language programs.
Listen to the Icelandic Roots Podcast
Available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, PodBean, and Amazon Podcasts / Audible.
Celebrating 7 Magical Years!
Here at Icelandic Roots, we are marking 7 years of preserving, promoting and educating about Icelandic heritage, culture and language. Despite many worries and strife in the world this year, we have some great reasons to celebrate:
In 2020 we gave out $12,500 in donations and grants to heritage groups in the US, Canada, and Iceland.
Since 2013 we've donated more than $102,500 in grants and scholarships.
Our volunteer team continues to grow with members in the US, Canada, Iceland, Brazil and Australia!
We've added over 21,800 pieces of media into the database, including photos, obituaries, newspaper clippings, and more!
We continue to create new features for our members, such as the biweekly "Samtal Hour" for our members to meet each other and talk genealogy and memories.
Thank you, our supporters, friends, and family.
- From the entire Volunteer Team
"...Happy New Year to your awesome team. You have been such a "lifeline" during this time of isolation! I have learned so much about my Icelandic heritage, traditions, food! Just hoping that there really will be "life after COVID" & I can fulfill a life-long dream of visiting Iceland in the near future."
Patricia Burks, 2021
"IR is a wonderful initiative which helps to keep so many people aware of their Icelandic Roots. The many IR volunteers are to be greatly commended for committing so much time and effort to provide this much appreciated service."
"Wow! Where the rest of us find dead ends, you guys are able to find all kinds of interesting information. Thanks so much."