Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival Friday, June 21 - Saturday, June 22 | 10:00AM - 5:00PM Hjemkomst Center and Viking Ship Park
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and Nordic Culture Clubs bring you the 42nd Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival on Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22. From the forested lakes of Finland through the Norwegian fjords to the shores of Iceland, we’re bringing together an international collection of chefs, artists, musicians, storytellers, historians, and vendors to fully immerse you in the Nordic roots that planted themselves so prominently here in our Red River Valley communities. This festival is all about local history and global communities – with a focus this year on Danish diaspora – and we want YOU to join the fun!
Inside the Hjemkomst Center you’ll find the Nordic Marketplace, where you can shop for Scandinavian imports and explore life in the North Atlantic from saga storytellers to Hardanger fiddlers. In the auditorium, you’ll find Tastes of Scandinavia, where we’ll be serving your favorite Nordic foods, from smoked salmon to aebleskiver to lefse and lingonberries.
Outside, we’re dialing it back to the Viking Age in Viking Village. Dance around the maypole, play the village games of the Viking Age, try your shot in our Viking archery range, check out our Viking Age artisans and vendors, and enjoy our Viking battle demos staged in Viking Ship Park every two hours. The beautiful Hopperstad Stave Church will be filled with performances and our Viking Beer Garden will be sharing tasty, Viking-theme drinks from Minnesota's HammerHeart Brewing and Wyoming's Big Lost Meadery.
Many of our favorite demonstrators will be back, joined this year by Danish newcomers Niels Fulgyr (Viking locksmith), Jacob Børsting (blacksmith), Linnea Bang-Madsen (tablet weaver), Jeppe Garly (blacksmith), and UK-based Viking storyteller Adrian Spendlow.
A young visitor saves the Hjemkomst from Viking mauraders in Viking Village.
Admission & Parking
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for teens and seniors, and FREE for children.
Extra parking is available at the Moorhead Center Mall, where MATBUS will run shuttles every 15 minutes.
Many thanks to our early sponsors!
KFGO, Forum Communications, Wells Fargo, Moorhead Parks & Rec, HPR, FM Extra, The Arts Partnership, Moorhead Community Access Media, and Moorhead Rotary!