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Skogfjorden

Norwegian Language Village
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About the Village

From innovative technology to a history of exploration, learning Norwegian gives you an edge in the world. Whether you are interested in your heritage or your future, this unique language will guide you down a path towards success. Tens of thousands of people have chosen to learn Norwegian at Skogfjorden, and you can, too! Experience unique cultural activities like folkdans (folk dance) and innebandy (indoor floor hockey). Enjoy traditional foods like Kjøttkaker (meatballs) and lefse (griddle cakes). The authenticity of this Language Village will inspire your imagination and immerse you in the sights, sounds and language of the land of the midnight sun.

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Experience

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A Lifetime of Learning

From our flagship summer youth camps to family programs and adults-only sessions, Concordia Language Villages provides a lifetime of language learning and cultural adventure. Find the program that’s right for you!

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Youth Overnight

Season: Summer

Duration: 1 Week | 2 Weeks | 4 Weeks

Our flagship Language Village camps where language comes to life. A fully immersive cultural experience.

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High School Credit

Season: Year-round

Duration: 4 Weeks | 24 Weeks

Earn a year’s worth of language credit in just four weeks (24 weeks for Virtual fall/spring option). Accredited by Cognia.

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Adventure Day Camp

Season: Summer

Duration: 1 Week

Daytime programming for young villagers ready to explore the Village experience without overnight stays.

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Youth Virtual

Season: Year-round

Duration: Varies

Keep your Language Village experience going all year long with our Virtual Clubs, Classes and High School Credit programs.

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Adult Overnight

Season: Year-round

Duration: 3 Days | 1 Week

Learn a new language or advance your skills in a fully immersive environment. Choose from Workshops, Weekends or Week-long programs.

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Adult Virtual

Season: Year-round

Duration: Varies

Choose from a variety of programming options including Conversation Hours, Classes and more, for ages 18+.

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Government & Corporate

Season: Year-round

Duration: Varies

Training for military, healthcare and corporate clients, with customizable programming designed to bridge cultures and break language barriers.

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Upcoming Norwegian Camps & Programs

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Norwegian Adult Virtual Class
Adult Virtual
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Norwegian
Dates:
Apr 1
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May 8
2024
Location:
Virtual
Ages 19 - 99
Cost: $
470
Monday / Thursday | B2.3 Upper Intermediate | 5:45- 6:45 pm Central This is the final 6 weeks of our upper-intermediate B2 class, which utilizes the Her pa Berget textbook
Registration closes
Mar 18, 2024
Male openings:
23
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Female openings:
19
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Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
September 19, 2023
Norwegian Adult Weekend
Adult Overnight
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Norwegian
Dates:
Apr 25
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Apr 28
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 18 - 99
Cost: $
640
Standard price $640 65+ and students $590 Minimum deposit $50 Join us for an overnight Norwegian immersion program for adults this spring at Skogfjorden! Immerse yourself in Norwegian language and culture with engaging activities, small language learning groups and delicious culturally appropriate meals.
Registration closes
Mar 28, 2024
Male openings:
35
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Female openings:
25
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Session Full
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Limited Availibility
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August 23, 2023
Norwegian Adventure Day Camp
Adventure Day Camp
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Norwegian
Dates:
Jun 10
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Jun 14
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 6 - 11
Cost: $
375
Registration closes
May 10, 2024
Male openings:
9
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Female openings:
8
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Session Full
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Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
October 11, 2023
Norwegian Youth One Week
Youth Overnight
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Norwegian
Dates:
Jun 10
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Jun 15
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 7 - 11
Cost: $
1345
Registration closes
May 10, 2024
Male openings:
6
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Female openings:
15
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October 11, 2023
Norwegian Youth Two Week
Youth Overnight
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Norwegian
Dates:
Jun 10
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Jun 22
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 8 - 12
Cost: $
2600
Registration closes
May 10, 2024
Male openings:
12
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Female openings:
30
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Session Full
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Limited Availibility
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October 11, 2023
Norwegian Adventure Day Camp
Adventure Day Camp
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Norwegian
Dates:
Jun 17
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Jun 21
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 6 - 11
Cost: $
375
Registration closes
May 17, 2024
Male openings:
6
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Female openings:
9
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Session Full
Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
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October 11, 2023
Norwegian Youth One Week
Youth Overnight
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Norwegian
Dates:
Jun 17
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Jun 22
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 7 - 11
Cost: $
1345
Registration closes
May 17, 2024
Male openings:
-1
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Female openings:
16
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Session Full
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October 11, 2023
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Upcoming Holiday Workshops

Nordic Holiday Workshop
Adult Overnight
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Nordic
Dates:
Dec 6
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Dec 8
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 21 - 99
Cost: $
325
Minimum deposit $50
Registration closes
Nov 22, 2024
Male openings:
50
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Female openings:
45
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March 10, 2024
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Government & Corporate Programs

A global outlook is important for success in the domestic and international arena. Concordia Language Villages offers customized corporate, government and military training programs to meet the specific needs of our clients.

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LEARN ABOUT

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OPPORTUNITIES

Need-based scholarships are available for Norwegian summer youth immersion sessions through the Passport Fund. Scholarships are based on a family’s adjusted gross income, number of dependents and the length of the session.

Additionally, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers a $1,000 stipend for Minnesota students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.

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Our Location:

Skogfjorden

Turtle River Lake

Our first architecturally authentic Language Village, Skogfjorden was built in 1968 on the shores of Turtle River Lake, and has been updated over the years. Skogfjorden magically transports visitors to a small lakeside village in Norway, amongst the beauty and nature of the North Woods.

Villagers live in dormitory-style cabins with double bunks. Each beautiful cabin is built for year-round use with carpeting, electricity and indoor plumbing. Cabins house up to 16 villagers and staff.

Gimle, the large dining hall, features beautiful rosemaled ceilings and traditional woodwork. Utgard, the activity building, offers gymnasium facilities, which also serve as a meeting area for larger groups.

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Read more about our professional staff at Skogfjorden, our Norwegian Language Village.

Tove Tove Dahl

Dean

Tove Dahl is Dean of Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village. She has been on staff since 1979 and was a villager for four years. Tove is fluent in Norwegian and has also studied Russian, French, Spanish and Dutch. She was named a Knight of the First Class of the Norwegian Order of Merit by King Harald V of Norway in 2008 for the advancement of Norwegian language and culture in the United States. Tove earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. She completed her doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a professor in educational psychology at the University of Tromsø, Norway.

Erik Brakstad

Program Leader

With a lifelong passion for Norwegian language and culture, Erik has been involved at Skogfjorden as a staff member (and later as a parent) since it rocked his world when he came for the first time as a counselor during college. Now serving as Program Leader for Skogfjorden‘s adult residential programs, Erik relishes how Skogfjorden brings together people of different backgrounds and experiences. Erik attended Follo Folkehøyskole in Norway before graduating from Reed College. When not teaching at the Villages, he works as a general contractor in Portland, Ore.

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Sarah Alida Uttormark

Program Leader

Alida has been learning Norwegian since she started as a Skogfjorden villager at age seven and later moving on to a staff position for both virtual and overnight programs. Her passion for learning about Norwegian language and culture has lead her to four different study abroad experiences in Norway as well as degrees in Norwegian and Nordic Studies from St. Olaf College. When not teaching eager Norwegian students of all ages, she can be found knitting sweaters, practicing the many different instruments she plays or working in her lab at Cornell University where she is performing research for her doctoral degree in Applied Physics.

Steve Sverre Asper

Program Leader

Steve Sverre Asper has 30 years of experience teaching Norwegian and French at Concordia Language Villages. He spent multiple years in Norway on exchange programs in Tønsberg and Oslo. He taught third grade at L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion School and serves as the Chief Information Officer for Kozefò, a small nonprofit organization that serves A New Arrival Center Primary School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. His passion for Education, Technology, Children, Languages and Service, cultivated at Concordia Language Villages intersect to drive him in his role of Director of Technology and Innovation for White Bear Lake Area Schools and his work in Haiti.

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Jessica Dina Korynta

Program Leader

Jessica Dina Korynta is part of the leadership team of Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village. Dina has been a villager, credit villager, counselor, volunteer, business manager and staff counselor as well as now leading the Nordic Holiday Weekend. Dina earned her B.A. in Linguistics with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Elsa Hillis

Program Leader

Heisann! Elsa is a leader by summer, career lifeguard and vagabond by rest of year. She is currently at home in central Texas, curating her norsk playlists and reading Harry Hole, while thinking of ways to make swimming pools even safer and virtual Norwegian clubs even more fun.

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Concordia Language Villages staff may speak a Village language, creatively teach culture, work and play hard. They also develop skills and qualities that will make them excellent employees in any field.