Author: Victoria Hofmo

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Victoria Hofmo was born, raised, and still lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, the historical heart of Norwegian New York. She is 3/4 Scandinavian: 1/2 Norwegian and 1/4 Danish/Swedish. Self-employed, she runs an out-of-school-time program that articulates learning through the arts. Hofmo is an advocate for arts and culture, education, and the preservation of the built and natural environment of her hometown, with a love for most things Scandinavian.

Timber!

Victoria Hofmo writes that Nordic wood construction is making a comeback and bringing it to the United States with new building projects.

swedish cottage

Norse in New York

Victoria Hofmo reports on all the Nordic things you can do in New York — from visiting the Norwegian Seaman’s Church to Aquavit restaurant.

rosemaling

Bringing the garden inside

Victoria Hofmo interviews Lise Lorentzen, a Norwegian-American artist and teacher who specializes in rosemaling (rose painting) from Norway.

Raame Gaard

Norway’s public gardens

Victoria Hofmo writes about three of Norway’s charming and enchanting botanical gardens — one in Tromsø and two
in Oslo — for you to visit.

Brooklyn Girl

Victoria Hofmo reviews Brooklyn Girl: Growing Up Norwegian in New York City by Jan Carol Simonsen, a coming of age story in the 1950s and 1960s.

More Norse stories

Victoria Hofmo reviews the second children’s book about “Mimi’s sagas” of monsters, gods, and Vikings by Norwegian author Anne-Lise Bay Braathen.