Author: Courtney Olsen

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Courtney Olsen is a writer based in Tacoma, Wash. She is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma and the University of Oxford in England and has been writing for The Norwegian American since 2020. A historical fiction enthusiast, she spends her free time working through her ever-growing reading list with a cup of tea in hand.

The end of an era

As PLU prepares to phase out its Nordic Studies program, Dr. Troy Storfjell shares about the future of the study of Norway and the Nordic region.

Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Märtha on their wedding day

Beyond Atlantic Crossing

After watching Atlantic Crossing, Assistant Editor Courtney Olsen set out to learn more about Crown Princess Märtha and her early life.

a man in a Tune Viking shirt by a Viking era ship

A new Tune Viking ship

A new reconstruction project from TUNE VIKING aims to bring Norwegian youth together to build a replica of the famous 1,200-year-old Tune Viking ship.

members of the Winter Band stand outside a log cabin

All in the family

Perfoming at heritage events around the Pacific Northwest, the Winter Band spreads the joy of traditional Scandinavian music while preserving older songs.

Virtual royal visit

A virtual royal visit

Crown Prince Haakon and a delegation of Norwegian dignitaries made a virtual royal visit to California to discuss climate goals and actions.


The power of symbols

The co-opting of Norse mythology and Viking symbols by hate groups has become more visible over the last several years, but its roots run deep.