Norwegian Language Village

Hei! Norway is at the top of the world, in many ways! In the tradition of Norway’s great explorers, join us at Skogfjorden to find out how and why.

Norwegian Language Village

Make a Promise

<p><i>Stipendiat</i> (scholarship recipient) <i>Asta</i> working on a song inspired by the <i>Skogfjordenløfte</i> promise.</p>

Stipendiat (scholarship recipient) Asta working on a song inspired by the Skogfjordenløfte promise.

Make a Promise

We all do our very best to make Skogfjorden the ideal place to prepare ourselves for responsible global citizenship. We do that through Skogfjordenløftet (the Skogfjorden promise). It’s all about living every day in every way as playful peacemakers—peacemakers who build bridges with Norway in a place where we all feel at home and flourish.

Have Fun

<p>​<i>Heia TIL </i>(Go <i>Tromsø</i> professional soccer team)!</p>

Heia TIL (Go Tromsø professional soccer team)!

Have Fun

There is no better way to learn Norwegian than by living it. We live it while exploring the skog (forest), splashing in the fjord (or in the lake), playing sports and games like fotball (soccer) or sjakk (chess), or dancing to the haunting music of the hardingfele or the rap group Karpe Diem.

Eat Well

<p><i>Sven</i> and <i>pannekaker</i> (pancakes) are sure favorites at <i>Skogfjorden</i>.</p>

Sven and pannekaker (pancakes) are sure favorites at Skogfjorden.

Eat Well

On a typical day at Skogfjorden, you can taste what it’s like to be Norwegian through breakfasts of fanciful Norwegian smørbrød (sandwiches), midday meals of kjøttboller or laks complemented with the ever-popular potato and fresh vegetables, and gryterett dinners (a kind of casserole) and desserts like gelé med vaniljesaus (crazy Norwegian jello).

Dress for Success

<p>Norwegians dress for success from head to toe for all outdoor activities.</p>

Norwegians dress for success from head to toe for all outdoor activities.

Dress for Success

Norwegians are crazy about friluftsliv being outdoors and in nature. No matter what the weather, they get out there and enjoy it. Their secret? Det fins ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær (there is no such thing as bad weather for those who dress for success).

Knightworthy

<p>Signing in as an official Skogfjorden <i>ridder</i> (knight).</p>

Signing in as an official Skogfjorden ridder (knight).

Knightworthy

Find your place in the world through connections with Norway. That’s an enterprise Norway’s king has noticed and prized. As a noble Skogfjorden ridder (knight), your growing cultural understanding, circle of friends and Norwegian peace-building skills will help you discover (1) who you are and (2) all you have to offer the world and our bright, shared future.

Programs

Family Weeks & Weekends

Unplug from the bustle of your regular life and spend quality vacation time relaxing and laughing in another language with your family. ​

Family Fun Weekends and Family Weeks

Why Learn Norwegian?

There are so many reasons to learn Norwegian! Because you have a spirit of adventure! Because that’s the language and culture of the Vikings, Arctic explorer and statesman Fridtjof Nansen, prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, chess master Magnus Carlson (and because you want to know what the fox says på norsk).

Meet the Staff

Our staff is proficient in Norsk. They all share a talent for combining Norwegian-only conversation with gestures, songs, skits and activities to make you feel at home, have fun, meet new friends and learn new Norwegian words and phrases.

Our counselors from the United States join native Norwegian speakers to engage with villagers and share experiences using vocabulary repetition and gestures to increase understanding and retention.


Welcome to Skogfjorden 2014!