Category: Norwegian Heritage

The search for Thor

Back to Norway! Randi Millman-Brown Thor Jensen, 36, moves from Oslo to Hammerfest. He is promoted to bank manager, becomes engaged, and takes a one-month hiking trip through occupied Finnmark in 1941. By the...

Viking exhibits sail into Mystic, Conn.

Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. One must-do this summer is to visit the exhibit, The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden. The artifacts have traveled from Scandinavia’s first university to Mystic Seaport Museum in...

A brief history of Norwegian picnics

Outdoor summer meals are as (Norwegian) American as apple pie—with or without beer! Scott Larsen New Westminster, B.C. Summertime picnics are about as American as baseball and apple pie. Never more so than in...

Hurtigruten wages war on plastic waste

To protect marine life, the Norwegian cruise line will no longer employ single-use plastics Special Release Hurtigruten Hurtigruten has announced that it will ban all unnecessary single-use plastic as of July 2, 2018, including...

Grieg

Happy 175th birthday, Edvard Grieg!

Countless celebrations of the life and music of Norway’s famous composer are planned Lori Ann Reinhall The Norwegian American June 15, 2018, marks the 175th birthday of Bergen and Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard...

A pocket watch and a possible clue

The Search for Thor: Thor Jensen, 36, moves from Oslo to Hammerfest. He is promoted to bank manager, becomes engaged, and takes a one-month hiking trip through occupied Finnmark in 1941. By the end...

trunk from Hafslo

A trunk from Hafslo

Genealogy Detective A monthly column putting people in touch with their Norwegian roots with Liv Marit Haakenstad When I was visiting Wisconsin in March 2018, I was introduced to Darlene Bankes, who had some...

NYC

Meet the modern-day Norse devotees

NYC Heathens is a group for practitioners of—and those curious about—the old ways Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. Nazis tried to usurp parts of the Viking culture for their own propaganda. They even held up...

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The new Nordic Museum opens in Seattle

A weekend of speeches and musical performances marks the much-awaited opening Eric Stavney Mukilteo, Wash. The “new” Nordic Museum opened with fanfare in Seattle on the weekend of May 4-5, after an exhausting two...