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.
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!
Duration: 1 Week | 2 Weeks | 4 Weeks
Our flagship Language Village camps where language comes to life. A fully immersive cultural experience.
Duration: 1 Week
Daytime programming for young villagers ready to explore the Village experience without overnight stays.
Keep your Language Village experience going all year long with our Virtual Clubs, Classes and High School Credit programs.
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.
Choose from a variety of programming options including Conversation Hours, Classes and more, for ages 18+.
Training for military, healthcare and corporate clients, with customizable programming designed to bridge cultures and break language barriers.
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.More Information
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.
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.
Read more about our professional staff at Skogfjorden, our Norwegian Language Village.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.