Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival Friday, June 22 - Saturday, June 23 10:00AM - 5:00PM Hjemkomst Center
When thousands assemble in Viking Ship Park and the Hjemkomst Center at the end of June, they'll take part in one of our oldest and best traditions: celebrating and commemorating the prominent Nordic heritage of our community in an event that's now moved into its 41st year.
Inside the Hjemkomst Center, Nordic Culture Clubs are building everything "hygge" as they highlight the best of Nordic traditions and heritage, with a special emphasis on Sweden. Throughout the museum, a top-notch community of chefs, educators, musicians, entertainers, artists, and craftspeople offering a fully Scandinavian experience will immerse you in the culture of the Nordic countries. With performances on multiple stages, including music in the Hopperstad Stave Church, a museum full of import vendors, and an auditorium full of delectable Scandinavian foods, the Hjemkomst Center will be filled with the sights, sounds, tastes, textures, and aromas that Fargo-Moorhead has come to expect from this fantastic festival.
Outside, in Viking Ship Park, we're hosting a reinvigorated Viking Village demonstrating the arts, crafts, and trades of Viking Age Europe and putting forth the work of our new program, Viking Connection. Visitors can expect the same variety of arts and crafts, but noticeably larger numbers this year. In particular, we'll be hosting Telge Glima, a Swedish Viking games troupe that will showcase the lighter side of Viking life and demonstrate some of the medieval sports and games that kept the mighty Norse entertained throughout the year.
The Saga Oseberg, featuring carvings by Viking Connection Master Artist Jay Haavik.
They’ll be joined by a talented group of artists, historians, and craftspeople working in this fascinating field. Jay Haavik will demonstrate the Viking woodcarving that put his work in Oslo's Viking Ship Museum. Thora Helleloid will demonstrate Viking Age cooking. Douglas Swenson and Daniel Kretchmar will show us Viking Age metalwork. Kari Tauring will bring her songs, spells, and stories from Norse legend, folklore, and mythology. The folks of Jameson Leatherworks will highlight their fine crafts. They'll all be joined by dozens of other Viking historians with two things on their mind, authenticity and fun.
A young visitor saves the Hjemkomst from Viking mauraders in Viking Village.
Be sure to stop by the archery range to test your own mettle, catch the many Viking battle demonstrations performed throughout the weekend both outside and in the Hjemkomst Center, and step into the HammerHeart Beer Garden for a tasty Minnesota brew (Viking-themed, of course!).
Festival admission is free for HCSCC members - so remember to bring your card. For visitors, admission is $15 per day for adults, $10 per day for students and seniors, and FREE for children 12 & under.
For more festival details, please contact HCSCC Communications Coordinator Davin Wait.
For questions about accessibility or accommodations, including human guides, ASL interpretation, and audio description, please contact HCSCC Programming Director Markus Krueger by June 8.