Category: Norwegian Heritage

A Norwegian political “exchange student”

This unique cross-cultural fellowship gives Norwegians a peek inside American politics John Erik Stacy The Norwegian American I am often surprised by how many different programs there are promoting scholarly exchange between Norway and...

Stein Hoff, traveler and extreme rower

Stein Hoff, “extreme rower,” on his solo north-Atlantic crossing attempt Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Last November I had the opportunity to meet a dynamic duo of adventurers, or as they prefer to be called,...

Traveling runs in the Viking blood

Even before Leif Erikson, the Norse visited Baghdad and beyond as merchant warriors Judith Gabriel Vinje Los Angeles More than a millennium ago, the greatest travelers in all of Europe were the Vikings. Fleets...

Found in translation

Eriksen Translations Inc. celebrates 30 years of language Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Human communication is something we spend almost all of our waking hours doing, or at least trying to do. Even between those...

Across the sea

An interview with champion rower Frank Samuelsen’s great-niece, Sonja Nerjes Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1896, Norwegian-American rowers George Harbo and Gabriel “Frank” Samuelsen ventured across the Atlantic in a rowboat, ending their voyage...

The evil north: Vardø’s witch trials

Jill Beatty Daughters of Norway In medieval literature prior to Christianity, supernatural powers were an accepted fact. The practice of magic, changing shapes, flying, and spells to control the elements and conjure up the...

“The Great Lutefisk Mystery,” solved

The nutritional reasoning behind Norway’s most famous (or infamous) food explained Terje Birkedal Anchorage, Alaska Though Norwegian Americans practically define who they are through the eating of lutefisk during the Christmas season, I have...