North America's Largest Scandinavian Festival - Minot, North Dakota September 30-October 3, 2021
Norsk Hostfest September 30-October 3, 2021 North America's Largest Scandinavian Festival - Minot, North Dakota
Reserved Seats to see the Texas Tenors!
You may add other shows as per your personal agenda. The full show line up has not been announced yet.It’s been SEVEN long years since we’ve visited North Dakota’s Norsk Hostfest and we feel that it’s time to return! As we make our way to Minot, we look forward to the 43rd Annual festival, which has not been able to to take place since the fall of 2019. They have great expectations for a delightful Norskfest reunion this 2021 season! Though many people attend the Norsk Hostfest in Minot, North Dakota annually, we expect it to be smaller in size where folks can move about more spaciously without being shoulder to shoulder. We will celebrate and partake in Scandinavian culture and entertainment to the fullest. Over 200 internationally-recognized artisans, craftsmen and chefs participate every year. The experience is an eclectic array of the contemporary and the traditional. The cuisine, as well as the clothes, art and jewelry, are authentic, fine quality and exquisitely Nordic. We'll enjoy THREE nights in Minot allowing us TWO full days at the Norsk Hostfest! We have booked reserved seats to see the delightful TEXAS TENORS! You won’t be disappointed! So, get ready for a fabulous FOUR days with your friends from Happy Trails Tours.
Your FOUR Day Scandinavian Hostfest Tour Includes: * Round Trip Motor Coach Transportation from Duluth, Eveleth, Virginia, Hibbing & Grand Rapids, Sartell, Rice, Little Falls and Baxter/ Brainerd *Three Nights Lodging ~Three nights at thelovely Grand Hotel in Minot * Reserved Seats @ Great Hall of the Vikings for Texas Tenors *Admission Daily for TWO full days of the Norsk Hostfest - Music, Parades, Crafts and Food! *Tickets for the Dance and Hostfest Shuttle which run every hour on the hour *Three Meals – A Full Breakfast each morning in the Grand Hotel Restaurant *Fully guided, all Taxes, most Tips and Luggage Handling with tips for the porters.
$150 per person deposit due per reservation. Deposits are fully refundable with cancellations made by July 1, 2021 . Full payments are due August 1, 2021. Monies returned with cancellations between July 1 and August 1, 2021 are contingent to what Happy Trails Tours receives back from hotels, charters, tour companies, restaurants and theaters. Cancellations after August 1, 2021 receive no refunds. Reservations are transferrable. Trip cancellations insurance is available at an additional charge. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND the insurance in order to protect your investment spent for the tour. It offers peace of mind and financial security. Final documents, day-by-day itineraries, hotel address & phone information should arrive 3 weeks prior to departure.
~Things to know before you go~ Coach: The charter is Trobec Bus Co from St Stephens. These vehicles are state of art with comfortable seats, restroom seatbelts, new air filtration system, and fabulous drivers! Depending on the size of the group from central Minnesota, we may use a smaller van, mini-coach or a motor coach. Special Requests: Kindly let us know if you have any special needs we should be aware of BEFORE we leave. We do not rotate seats on the coach. We offer open seating unless there is a special need request. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requests. We also ask you to refrain from using perfumes / fragrances due to allergies. Hotels: The hotel where we are staying is beautiful!!! You won’t be disappointed. (the Grand Hotel). How to pack and what to wear: You can pack one suitcase each (which is handled for you - including tip for the porter). You may also bring on board a carry on bag. The tour is completely casual & comfortable. The Festival Grounds: If this is your first time to Norsk Hostfest, it does require a fair amount of walking. However, there are many places to just sit and rest a spell. The entire event is inside and mostly on the main level. Very little stairs involved. There is an elevator if you need one. They also offer a shuttle that runs on the hour that will return you to the hotel should you wish to leave the festival grounds. Changes: We reserve the right to adjust this itinerary for the benefit of all traveling.
Our departures begin as early as 5:00 am and continue to pick folks up along our way. Two vehicles travel between Central and Northeast Minnesota joining the groups in Bemidji. Cities offered for boarding are; Sartell, Rice, Little Falls, Baxter and Bemidji. Northeast MN offers boarding in Duluth, Eveleth, Virginia, Hibbing and Grand Rapids. Final documents with boarding information will be sent about 2-3 weeks prior to departure. If fewer than 4 people are boarding in a given location off our main route, you will be asked to join the group at one of the locations listed below.
Day 1: Thursday, September 30th: Travel to Minot, North Dakota Central MN: (Trobec Shuttle - smaller vehicle depending on the size of the group) ____ 7:00 am -Sartell AmericInnn @ 119 Le Sauk Drive (320-259-0877 _____7:20 am- Rice Holiday Station ____ 7:40 am- Little Falls Walmart Super-1509 18th St SE ____ 8:00 am- Baxter – Walmart 7295 Glory Road *Note: For those boarding in Central MN, your driver looks forward to greeting each of you early the morning of departure. We will schedule a breakfast break in Baxter. You will also have another quick comfort stop at the Cenex Station when you join the rest of the group in Bemidji. You will meet your tour manager in Bemidji. Northeast MN: (Trobec Bus Full Size Coach) _____5:00 am - Duluth Country Inn & Suites ______ 6:00 am- Eveleth Super Eight _____6:15 am - Virginia Village Inn ______ 6:45 am- Hibbing Super Eight (North Lot) _____7:15 am - Grand Rapids – Forest Lake Restaurant (Lower Lot) 7:30-8:30 am- Breakfast (paying on own) at the Forest Lake Restaurant _____8:00 am- Grand Rapids Forest Lake Restaurant (Lower Lot) Let us know if you would prefer the site across from Ogles. 8:30 am- The bus departs from Grand Rapids. _____9:40 am- Bemidji Cennex Gas Station/ Convenience Store @ 71 & U.S. 2 (Call if you are leaving a car: 218-751-1830) We'll begin our journey in the early morning starting in Duluth, Iron Range Cities, Grand Rapids and Bemidji picking up along the way as we take Highway #2 northwest toward Grand Forks, North Dakota. Our friends from central Minnesota will also have a similar start in the early hours but will begin their journey (by shuttle) in St Cloud, Rice, Little Falls, Brainerd joining the group in Bemidji. We'll blend the rest of our group onto the main coach and continue west. 12:30 pm- We'll have our lunch break in Grand Forks before continuing on to Minot another 2 ½ hours away. 5:30 pm- Estimated arrival to the Hotel: Grand Hotel – 1505 N Broadway, Minot We’ll get settled in tonight and relax after a full day on the road. This property has a very nice restaurant in house, where you can have dinner, at your leisure, paying on your own. Other amenities include indoor pool, free Wi-Fi, 24 hour business center and an arcade. It’s one of the nicest properties in Minot and works together with the Norsk Hostfest for their shuttle service. Guestrooms also have refrigerators, microwaves, flat-screen televisions. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Day 2: Friday, October 1st: Our First Full Day at the Norsk Hostfest Enjoy a full breakfast at the Grand before departing for the festival (Plated). 8:45 am- The coach departs the hotel for the festival. As you enter into the Great Hall, you’ll immediately feel immersed all things Scandinavian! The countries that are celebrated are Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and Finland. There's parades, music, Scandinavian artists and ethnic foods to sample as you stroll the enormous grounds. Keep in mind, everything is INDOORS so no worries that you'll be walking out of doors for any of the events. Shows are happening throughout the day in many of the side stages. The Hostfest offers a shuttle that runs on the hour and it travels right to the Grand Hotel where we are staying. If at any time you wish to go back to the hotel, just simply jump on board the shuttle where you can relax and return as per your own agenda. The Hostfest involves a fair amount of walking, however, you can sit and rest a bit as you go along. But full days without a break can get a bit long for some. So, take advantage of the shuttle ride IF you wish. 7:00 pm- Settle in and prepare for tonight’s Big Headliner.....The Texas Tenors @ Great Hall of the Vikings tonight. Enjoy! 9:30 pm- Estimated return to the hotel.
Since we don’t know what other headliners will be coming this year, you may add a show, paying on your own if you wish. We can discuss this closer to the time we learn what other performer might be there and if you are interested. Thank you for your patience.
Day 3: Saturday, October 2nd 2nd Full Day at the Norsk Hostfest Enjoy another wonderful full breakfast at the Grand Hotel (Plated) 8:45 am- The motor coach departs the hotel for the Norsk Hostfest After our hot breakfast, we'll travel to the Hostfest grounds for another full day of fun, music, parades, food and crafts. Enjoy the festival at your leisure… visiting what shows, crafts and food venues that interest you. 6:00 pm- The bus will return to the hotel for the rest of the evening at your leisure.
For those who want to stay later, no worries! There may be another evening concert you will want to take advantage of. There is also a dance every night for those who enjoy that! The music is yet to be announced but it should a great time!
Day 4: Saturday, October 3rd Homeward Bound with Fond Memories
6:30 AM- Set your suitcases outside your doors for the porters. Breakfast is served this morning prior to checking out. 7:30 AM- Board the coach for our trek homeward. We’ll make several stops along the way as we travel homeward. We'll make a lunch break, paying on own, in Grand Forks, ND. 1:45 pm- Estimated Arrival Home: 3:45 pm to Bemidji; 4:15 pm -to Grand Rapids, (quick break) 6:30 to Hibbing, 7:00 to Virginia; 7:15 to Eveleth and 8:15 to Duluth. The Central Folks will meet their mini-bus in Bemidji. A quick break/ stop will also be made along the way...Estimated Arrival Home: 8 pm to Brainerd, 8:30 pm to Little Falls, and 9:30 to Sartell.
The Texas Tenors are a three-time Emmy Award-winning classical crossover, trio vocal group formed in 2009 by country singer JC Fisher, pop singer Marcus Collins and opera singer John Hagen. They were a top four finalist in the fourth season of America's Got Talent, making them the highest ranking vocal group in the show's history.