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Sons of Norway

Discover the strong Norwegian roots of this traditional Alaskan community, through a cultural performance at Petersburg’s Sons of Norway centre.

Included in your cruise
  • Experience a cultural dance performance connecting the community with its Norwegian roots.
  • 2. Enjoy a coffee and a traditional Norwegian pastry.
  • 3. Learn about the history of this traditional Alaskan community.
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Moderate - some mobility needed

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  • Notices

    Layered clothing, light rain jacket and comfortable walking shoes are recommended

Begin your tour with a visit to the oldest Sons of Norway Lodge in Alaska where the community takes great pleasure in sharing and promoting their Norwegian heritage.  The unique building dates back to 1912 when 60 charter members borrowed money and sold $5.00 shares in order to construct the building which is in a style similar to the early barns in the mid-western USA.

When you enter the hall enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, with a selection of homemade Norwegian pastries including lefse, skorpa and almond puff.

A lifelong resident of the community will give you a glimpse of life now and in the past of Petersburg. You will learn about the history of the town and how the Norwegian heritage is kept alive. The Norwegian dancers will perform for you wearing the Petersburg bunad (traditional dress) which was designed by a local community member and features embroidery with local wildflowers.

Upon leaving the Sons of Norway hall be sure to visit the Bojer Wikan Fishermen’s Memorial Park adjacent to the hall, dedicated in 2000 as a memorial to those lost at sea. Our Viking ship, the Vallhalla, resides there along with beautiful flower boxes, benches, memorial plaques and a bronze statue of Bojer Wikan, a long-time fisherman who promoted the idea of the park.

Practical information:

  • Included: Coffee and Pastry
  • Remarks: Guests should dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Language: English
  • Walking information: Short 10-minute walk from the docks and one block of the town on the way to / from the Sons of Norway hall
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes