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Take a family vacation that is fun and out-of-the-ordinary. Families can enroll for Swedish language immersion sessions at various times during the year and access the same rich setting, authentic menus, and daily routines that are offered during the summer sessions for young people.

Family programs are great preparation for a family trip abroad or for a child's summer experience at the Villages. Explore family heritage or learn about an entirely new culture! The best part is simply being together in a culturally authentic site nestled in the pristine North Woods of Minnesota, where you can reinforce the importance of being a good citizen in our global community.

Immersed in beautiful surroundings and Swedish-language conversation, both children and grown-ups absorb lessons about the larger world and the value of learning language. Family programs allow grandparents, parents, children, aunts, uncles and cousins the opportunity to explore Swedish language and culture and to share experiences and build memories that will last a lifetime.

Program Types

Our May Family Weekend is a stand-alone program that welcomes families of all shapes and sizes. Our Nordic Family Week in July runs concurrently with our summer youth programs and is a great way for your whole family to experience the fun of a summer at Sjölunden.


Swedish family programs are located at our architecturally authentic Language Village site near Bemidji, Minn.

Meet the Program Leader


Elise Viktoria Peters is actively engaged in the Swedish community in the Twin Cities. She has spent many years in Sweden and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in Scandinavian Studies and History. Viktoria has been involved with Sjölunden since the 1980s.

Concordia Language Villages reserves the right to consolidate or cancel sessions that are below minimum enrollment levels.