Be in the Know: Viking Days

Get in touch with your inner warrior at the 29th annual Viking Days, presented by the Nordic Heritage Museum. This is a great chance to check out the museum while enjoying the food and entertainment of the festival.  Hop aboard the Nordic Spirit to inspect the ship and take photos, or see what a day in the life of a Viking was really like in the Viking Encampment.

The breakfast of champions may be Wheaties, but the breakfast of Nordic champions is pancakes.  Both days start with a Swedish Pancake Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon.  In the mood for more Nordic grub? Throughout the festival you can buy delicacies from each of the five countries represented, including Swedish meatballs, Norwegian lefse, Danish aebleskiver, and food from Finland and Iceland.

In Nordic myth, Valhalla is a warrior’s heaven, full of fighting and feasting.  In the Valhalla Beer Garden, you can skip the fighting and go straight to stuffing your stomach with grilled sausages and beer from Odin Brewing Company.  On Saturday night, the beer garden will stay late for a beer tasting and cook out while inside the museum there will be salmon and live music.

Music will fill the air during the festival; everything from folk to rock will be played on multiple stages around the grounds. There will also be craft demonstrations by artisans, including weaving, knitting and woodcarving.

When: Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Where: Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle)

How much: Free admission. Tickets for the Salmon Dinner Saturday night are $10-$16.  Call (206) 789-5707 ext. 10 or email to reserve a spot.