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Norsk Hostfest Festival Minot

Departing Tuesday September 26 - 5 days / 4 nights with 3 nights stay at the Holiday Inn Riverside, Minot, ND – right across the street from the Hostfest Arena!

Vendors at HostfestNorsk Hostfest is North America’s largest Scandinavian Festival. Each year 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.

The Nordic history and heritage is alive from the Clog Shop and the Import Shop to the Solje Shop and the General Store. Unique and fascinating shops abound in the International Marketplace. Buy silver jewelry, Norwegian sweaters, authentic Scandinavian gifts, fine art and souvenirs.

The cuisine cannot be matched — and you won’t find such a wide variety of authentic Scandinavian food anywhere else in North America. People come to Norsk Hostfest just for the superb fare! Choose from four sidewalk cafés. The Scandinavian Kitchen, Swedish Bakery and many more. Indulge in such culinary favorites as Danish Aebelskivers, lutefisk, lefse, Oof-Da Tacos, rice pudding, Swedish meatballs and viking-on-a-stick.

Feel the warmth of the Scandinavian hospitality at Norsk Hostfest as you meet and make new friends. There is a tradition here of introducing yourself with, “Hi, and where are you from?” And you’ll hear it often. If you participate and ask the right person, that person being the “Mystery Viking,” you’ll win $100! A surprise and potential new friend is around every corner.  Dance with a troll or play “Knock The Fleas Off The Black Plague Rat!” Camaraderie — this is what Norsk Hostfest is all about.

** General Admission is included in our tour, but due to customer feedback, we will offer the available Headliner Entertainment at the relevant ticket supplements below enabling you to have the choice of your entertainment! **

"We wish to express our appreciation to Gemma for the wonderful trip to ND. She was friendly, caring, and efficient (and had cute jokes). We enjoyed the vacation.

Jim left his glasses behind at the motel in Prairie Knights and didn't realize it until we were almost in Minot. Gemma immediately took care of the problem. She called back, located the glasses and assured us she would get them back to us. When we returned to Gillette, the glasses arrived very shortly. We are very grateful. Also, we had a motel so very close to the Host Fest. That was a big plus. We came and went as we pleased. Gemma arranged very good tickets for the shows - another plus." Jim & June Land

Holiday Inn Riverside

The Experience
Feel the warmth of the Scandinavian hospitality at Norsk Høstfest as you meet and make new friends. There is a tradition here of introducing yourself with, “Hi, and where are you from?” And you’ll hear it often. If you participate and ask the right person, that person being the “Mystery Viking,” you’ll win $100! A surprise and potential new friend is around every corner.  Dance with a troll or play “Knock The Fleas Off The Black Plague Rat!” Camaraderie — This is what Norsk Høstfest is all about.

General admission;

Dale Watson
Williams & Ree
Bjoro Haaland
Fiddling Lefty
Viking Live Steel Combat
Telge Glima
Auntie Kreamsaugen
Mollie B
Elise & Terje Hong
Shelby Huston
Justin & Grandpa
Tim Eggebratten
Gordy Linquist
Nordic Bees

Plus! Nightly Dances each evening at 8pm

Millie & Glenn
Ricky Nelson Remembered
Ringling 5
Country Gentlemen
JMB Band
Western Senators
Jenta O’Ja
Skandi Ski Fantasy
Nordic Spirit
Magic Top Cloggers
Swedes in the Weeds
The Christmas Wish
Ivares Pojkarna
Dakota Drifters
Norsk Høstfest Accordian Club
Dance of the Norwegian Sweaters
…and many more!

Headliners – $60 per ticket extra

More Entertainment at Hostfest

Oak Ridge Boys

Oak Ridge Boys - September 27 - 1:00pm - Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.

Celtic Thunder

Celtic Thunder - September 27 - 7:30pm - In 2007 producer Sharon Browne filmed the first ever Celtic Thunder show at the Helix in Dublin, Ireland. The concept was to feature a group of men from Ireland and Scotland, who range in age from 21 to 42, and feature songs that celebrate a common Celtic heritage.

Amy Grant

Amy Grant - September 28 - 1:00pm - Amy Grant's career spans more than 30 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into becoming an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. With three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums, her total career album sales have exceeded 30 million. With that, her legacy as one of the most influential artists of the past couple of decades is assured. Her first studio album in more than a decade, How Mercy Looks From Here, released May 14, 2013 and debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 Chart. Be Still And Know...Hymns Of Faith is set to release April 14.

Jeff Dunham

Jeff Dunham - September 28 - 7:30pm - Jeff Dunham is a global entertainment phenomenon with more than 45 years on stage and countless performances, making him one the world’s most recognizable and inventive entertainers.

Joe Diffie & John Michael Montgomery - Double Show

Joe Diffie & John Michael Montgomery - Double Show - September 29 - 1:00pm.  Joe Diffie, the multi-platinum-selling artist, has never slowed down – writing, touring and recording a myriad of projects including his critically acclaimed 2010 bluegrass album “Homecoming,” and his upcoming ”Country Unplugged” acoustic tour with fellow hit makers Mark Chesnutt and Lorrie Morgan. John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music’s most storied careers. Since the days when “Life’s A Dance” turned him from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets—believability. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist.

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Itinerary at a glance

Starts: Tuesday September 26 2017
Ends: Saturday September 30 2017

What's included?

  • Round trip luxury transportation with pick-up points in:
    • Rapid City, Sturgis & Spearfish
    • Plus north along US Hwy 85
  • 3 nights Holiday Inn Riverside
  • Shuttle tickets included between the Hotel & Arena / Show Arena each day
  • General admission tickets each day to the Hostfest Arena
  • Baggage handling and taxes


  • Price: $995 (pp based on double occupancy)
  • Single: add $395


How to book

  • Deposit due of $350 per person – please also add the cost of your headliner shows if requested to the amount of your deposit.
  • Balance due by August 1 2017
  • Booking form
  • Ways to pay

What you'll need

  • Drivers License or picture ID is recommended


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Click to enlarge - You'll be staying at the Holiday Inn Click to enlarge - The Great Hall of the Vikings Stage hosts world famous performing artists everyday of Norsk Høstfest. A 3 generation family dispays their Norwegian Bunads at Norsk Høstfest.