Explore, The Great Outdoors

Scandanavian Heritage Park

I’ve been meaning to stop by this bad boy for a while now so I’m really happy I finally got the chance to, especially while my family was in town! Despite the weather being 91 degrees on that Wednesday afternoon, the Scandinavian Heritage park’s beauty made it completely worth it! The park is the home to the stave church, Danish windmill, Dala horse and so much more.

For those of you that don’t know, North Dakota is home to many immigrants. People have migrated from Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, and even Norway, making 90 percent of the North Dakota population of Northern European descent! The wonderful thing about the park is that visitors can learn more about each Scandinavian country through it’s beautiful replicas!

Mason kept gravitating toward the beautiful waterfall, you’ll see it below!


The Dala Horse, a popular Swedish handicraft has become the unofficial trademark of Sweden in Swedish-America. In olden days the horse was considered to Vikings as a holy animal, hence carvings were often made into children’s toys. The name Dala actually originates from central Sweden, in a province called Dalarna. Originally, Dalas were made from scraps and painted from natural components found in Sweden.


Fun fact: More than 500 gallons flow from the fall per minute!


The Danish Windmill: Made in 1928 by Carl Olson, the windmill was made to grind wheat and supply water to families in Powers Lake (Powers Lake is about an hour away from Minot). In the mid 1900s the windmill was donated to the park, courtesy of the Powers family.


These flowers are to die for!


The woodwork on the Stave church is absolutely beautiful! In person it looks flawless.

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I definitely recommend paying the park a visit, if you happen to drop by in North Dakota!

Enjoy the photos until then,

Ana Golobic

Anderson, M. R. (n.d.). About the Dala Horse. Retrieved July 11, 2017, from http://www.hemslojd.com/swedish_dala_horse_story.html
Danish Windmill. (n.d.). Retrieved July 11, 2017, from https://scandinavianheritage.org/tour-the-park/danish-windmill/

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