Brekke Tours and Travel is associated with many Scandinavian organizations throughout the country and within Scandinavia. Please take a look at some friends of Brekke Tours.

The Wooden Spoon

The Wooden Spoon is located in the oldest home in Plano. The Forman house was built in 1867. In 1992 it was purchased to become the new home of the Wooden Spoon, which began in McKinney in 1988. After eight years of renovation, the house now supplies imported and domestic gifts and food from the Scandinavian countries. Classes in the languages, the arts, and handicrafts are taught. Local artists can sell their paintings, carvings, handwork, etc. A consignment shop, The Sugar Spoon, sells pre-owned Scandinavian items.

Visit the Wooden Spoon’s website

Arne’s Bygdebok Collection

Dr. Arne Brekke helped establish the Collection more than 30 years ago and has steadfastly contributed his time, energy and finances to its growth and development. Today, the Collection is one of the largest and most widely recognized Norwegian historical and genealogical resources in the United States.

In recognition of Dr. Brekke’s vision and support, the Library is honoring him by naming the Arne G. Brekke Bygdebok Collection.

See some information about the Arne Bygdebok Collection at UND’s Chester Fritz Library

Nordic Initiative

The overall aim of the Nordic Initiative is to provide a coordinated and combined approach to the defense cooperation activities of the five Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden to the Western Balkan countries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia in order to more effectively contribute to the consolidation of peace and stability in the region.

Visit the Nordic Initiative’s online brochure

UND

The first thing you should know about UND is that it is a place where students matter. It is a place where students research alongside renowned faculty and those same renowned faculty light up the classrooms. It is a place that promotes balance – learning and growing outside the classroom as well as in one.

You’ll discover that at UND people expect to be self-reliant, yet deeply involved in campus activities. People expect to have opportunities to become leaders and engage their minds in a whole new way.

With medicine, aviation, law, entrepreneurship, business, liberal arts, globally recognized research, and more, UND is helping students go from great to exceptional.

Visit UND’s website

Vesterheim

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum embodies the living heritage of Norwegian immigrants to America. Sharing this cultural legacy can inspire people of all backgrounds to celebrate tradition.

With 16 historic buildings in its main complex, which occupies most of a square block in downtown Decorah, Iowa, and two National Register sites just outside the city, Vesterheim houses over 24,000 artifacts, which include large samplings from the fine, decorative, and folk arts, and the tools and machinery of early agriculture, lumbering, and other immigrant industries.

Today their early collection has grown into Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, an independent not-for-profit organization, and the most comprehensive museum in the United States dedicated to a single immigrant group. But Vesterheim is more than a world-class museum. It is a cultural center dedicated to preserving living traditions by offering classes in Norwegian folk art and culture, Elderhostels, and special programs for pre-school, elementary, secondary, and college students. Vesterheim also hosts events, lectures, and special exhibitions scheduled throughout the year.

Visit the Vesterheim website

Høstfest

Norsk Høstfest, North America’s largest Scandinavian Festival, is held each year in Minot, North Dakota starting in late September / early October. Tens of thousands of people attend the event annually to celebrate and partake in the Scandinavian culture and entertainment. Over 200 internationally recognized artisans, craftsmen and chefs participate. The experience is an eclectic array of contemporary and traditional. The cuisine as well as the clothes, art and jewelry are authentic, fine quality and exquisitely Nordic.

Visit Norsk Høstfest’s website

Norwegian American Weekly

The Norwegian American Weekly is the continuation of the 562 Norwegian newspapers which have existed in America, including Western Viking of Seattle, Wash. and Norway Times of New York, and is published every Friday. The Norwegian American Weekly is published in English with one page in Norwegian, and covers a wide breadth of news, including breaking news from Norway, business, sports, op-ed, travel, arts and entertainment, news from the Norwegian American community, and a calendar of events.

The Norwegian American Weekly is read by over 20,000 readers in North America and Norway, with subscribers in every state, as well as Canada, Norway, Mexico, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The Norwegian American Weekly celebrates 123 years of continuous publication this year! We invite you to join our vibrant community of subscribers and see what the Weekly is all about.

Visit Norwegian American Weekly’s website

North Dakota

One trip to North Dakota and you’ll understand why it’s known as the friendliest and safest state to visit. In fact, from agricultural products to quality of life – North Dakota is often at the top of the charts.

Visit North Dakota’s Tourism website