“Little Norway on the Fjord” in Poulsbo, Washington

Source: Atlas Obscura

Viking Fest Parade

This little town playfully known as “Little Norway on the Fjord” has been the home to a Nordic population since its very founding.

Pronounced pauls-bow, the town name’s strange spelling is the result of one of the town founders who, when filling out an application for township to the Postmaster general, had such bad handwriting that the postmaster misread his messy scrawl and the town has been officially “misspelled” ever since.

A nordic village similar to Leavenworth’s Bavarian Village in dedication to recreation, Poulsbo is as Norwegian as one can get without traveling to the “the northward route.” The Scandinavian settlers who decided ...

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