Thursday, July 1, 2010

Three New Reasons to Love Viking

If you’ve looked at your July issue of Viking, you’ve no doubt noticed the magazine’s new look and feel.

Check out the new Nordic Life department—formerly Nordic Lights—near the front of the magazine. In addition to the news and calendar listings you already enjoy, you’ll find a history column by Jeff Sauve, archivist for the Norwegian American Historical Association. You’ll also find “Spread the Word,” a bite-sized language lesson that introduces a Norwegian word or phrase each month. Nordic Life opens each month with a profile of an inspiring Norwegian or person of Norwegian descent. And who better to grace our inaugural profile page than Leif Ove Andsnes, Norway’s renowned classical pianist?

The Viking staff is proud of the publication’s redesign, and we hope you like it, too! We welcome your input by contacting us at

PS: If you’re a fan of Andsnes, you’ll enjoy this clip of his performance of Greig’s Piano Concerto at the 2006 BBC Proms Classical Musical Festival.

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minnesota, where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585. Amy is a Nordic folk music enthusiast, and when she’s not working or parenting, she can often be found making music with friends.