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
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
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
8000 IKEA Way
Bloomington, MN 55425
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
Over in Wisconsin you'll find a number of Norwegian attractions
that shouldn't be missed.
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
WI 54623 (608) 452-3424
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
Alexandria Scandinavian Gift Shop
open 9:00 – 5:30
Hus in Sunburg, Minnesota
great destination in the area is the Kultur Hus in Sunburg, Minnesota.
Located about 45 miles south of Alexandria, the Kultur Hus is a
center with events, classes, and a world-renowned Norwegian conversational
11 Front Street
Sunburg, MN 56289