Nordic Sól

A Celebration of Arctic Culture

August 22 - 25

Get ready to celebrate summer...Nordic style! Our new summer extravaganza will focus on a different Nordic region each year, and in 2019, we are making summer cool with an exploration of the Arctic.

You’re invited to National Nordic Museum’s new summer cultural showcase- Nordic Sól! With a cool focus on Arctic vendors, crafts, music, and culture, this collaboration of polar artisans and like-minded local businesses will feature a series of thoughtfully curated events, including an Arctic-themed Pecha Kucha, Friday night concert featuring the Circumpolar Hip Hop Collab, and a Saturday evening Arctic Adventure of modern fashion, traditional foods, and aquavit garden! Kids crafts and family-friendly activities throughout the weekend!

Our celebration will include musical performances, special artisan vendors, Pecha Kucha talks, dinners, a fashion show, and more! Check back later this spring for all the details. 


Nordic Sól reimagines Viking Days, expanding our ability to celebrate more facets of the Nordic experience. Looking for our Run Like A Viking 5K? We've moved our annual race to July 13th this year to coincide with Ballard Seafood Fest, and you can sign up here!

Pecha Kucha: The Arctic
Thursday, August 22 | 6pm doors/6:30pm presentation

In partnership with PechaKucha Seattle and in its unique 20x20 fashion, the Museum will bring together a wide array of speakers from our community and guests from overseas. This program will provide attendees with a forum in which to explore the complexity, dimension and uniqueness of the Arctic region. 
(PechaKucha is a storytelling/presentation format in which the speaker presents 20 slides for 20 seconds each, for a talk lasting only 6 minutes and 40 seconds.)

Cost: Free

RSVP link coming soon

Circumpolar Hip Hop Colab
Friday, August 23 | 7pm

The outcome of a commissioned concert at the prestigious Riddu Riđđu festival in Norway 2018, the Circumpolar Hip Hop Collab features eight young indigenous artists creating urban music in their native tongues; representing Greenland, Sami Finland, Sami Russia, Kaktovik Alaska, and Nunavut Canada.

Cost: $25 for Members; $30 general admission

Ticket link coming soon

Night at the Nordic: Arctic Adventure
Saturday, August 24 | 6pm

Calling all explorers! The National Nordic Museum is collaborating with our partners in the Arctic and local businesses for an event that is sure to really heat up Nordic Sól! Guests will have the opportunity to taste their way through the Arctic region, by sampling traditional food & drinks, discovering the latest in Arctic modern fashion and of course visit the Aquavit garden!  Doors open at 6pm and with all the food you can eat and drink, its sure to be one hot party!

Cost: $65/person

Ticket link coming soon

Exhibition: Glacier
August 22—September 30

In conjunction with Nordic Sol, Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson (aka RAX) presents a breathtaking selection of works from his polar landscape explorations. RAX has been a staff photographer of Morgunblaðið (Iceland's second largest newspaper) since 1976. His work has appeared in Life, National Geographic, and Time magazines.

Run Like A Viking 5K


Our 4th Annual Run Like A Viking 5K will be held on July 13, separate from Nordic Sól but conenciding with Ballard Seafood Festival. Gun time is 9am; runners will be chip-timed.

Four-legged friends and wearing your Viking best highly encouraged! Prizes will be awarded on race day for best costume, overall winners (male & female), and top age-group winner for both male and female runners.

Early Bird Registration (through May 31): Adults: $30 (includes t-shirt)
Regular Registration (June 1 – Jun 30): Adults: $35 (includes t-shirt until Jun 14) 
Late Registration/Day of Race (July 1-July 13): Adults: $40 (t-shirt not included)

Register here!

Viking Days Gallery

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