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SCANDINAVIAN THEMED ATTRACTIONS
for a summer trip. -------
Submitted by:
Marit Ann Barkve
Culture Coordinator Sons of Norway Headquarters

Scandinavian themed attractions for a summer trip
Twin Cities Trip
Anyone of Norwegian descent who visits the Twin Cities should be sure to visit the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church or Mindekirken, which to this day still offers Norwegian-language services, as well as a host of other social and educational events. If you go, be sure to stick around for coffee hour afterwards, and don't be shy about introducing yourself.
924 E. 21st St
Minneapolis MN 55404
612-874-0716
http://www.mindekirken.org

Not far from there you can find Ingebretsen's, a fixture of South Minneapolis for over 80 years. Today it's a gift store, deli and knitting goods store, but it originally began as an immigrant market.
1601 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612 729-9333
http://www.ingebretsens.com/

The Scandia Bakery in Minneapolis has all sorts of authentic traditional Norwegian baked treats.
5011 34th Ave.
South Minneapolis, MN 55417

Then of course there's always IKEA, the Swedish store. I would recommend going on a weekday, and you could combine it with the obligatory Mall of America visit.
8000 IKEA Way
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 858-8088

Iowa Trip
Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa

If you have some more time to spend in the area, you might also want to check out the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa. The Vesterheim is perhaps the most prominent Norwegian Museum in America with extensive exhibits and an excellent museum store.
523 W Water St
Decorah, IA 52101
563-382-9681
http://www.vesterheim.org

Wisconsin Trip
Over in Wisconsin you'll find a number of Norwegian attractions that shouldn't be missed.

In Coon Vally, near LaCrosse, you'll find Norskedalen, a nature and heritage center. Norskedalen (meaning "the Norwegian Valley") features hiking trails, a restored 1890s pioneer farmstead, exhibits, a library and more.
N4550 Ophus Rd
Coon Valley,
WI 54623 (608) 452-3424
http://www.norskedalen.org

Duluth, Minnesota
Duluth, Minnesota located on the shores of Lake Superior is probably worth a visit. There you'll find a park dedicated to Leif Erikson, complete with a replica viking ship and a statue of Leif looking intrepidly over a rose garden. A little outside of town you'll find the workshop of one Brad Nelson, maker of Scandinavian jewelry and woodwork. From Duluth you can drive north to hike at any number of excellent state parks, if that's your thing.
Leif Erikson Park
201 London Rd
Duluth, MN 55816

B.E. Nelson Designs
583 Scenic North Shore Drive
Knife River, MN 55616
(218) 834-4188

Alexandria/Kultur Area
Alexandria Scandinavian Gift Shop
604 Broadway
open 9:00 – 5:30
Kultur Hus in Sunburg, Minnesota
Another great destination in the area is the Kultur Hus in Sunburg, Minnesota. Located about 45 miles south of Alexandria, the Kultur Hus is a vibrant cultural center with events, classes, and a world-renowned Norwegian conversational hour.
Kultur Hus
11 Front Street
Sunburg, MN 56289
http://www.kulturhus.net
Submitted by: Marit Ann Barkve
Culture Coordinator Sons of Norway Headquarters