Explore Washington’s Viking City

Alyssa Evans

With its Scandinavian heritage, charming shops and abundant natural beauty, Poulsbo is an idyllic getaway just an hour from Seattle. Known regionally as “Little Norway,” this historic waterfront community on the Kitsap Peninsula offers unique galleries, museums and shops, and waterfront restaurants overlooking tranquil Liberty Bay.

Visit Picture-Perfect Poulsbo
Natural beauty is a hallmark of this seaside community. Pick up provisions for a picnic and walk to Waterfront Park for picturesque views of the marina. Afterwards, stroll the downtown main street. From handmade pastries and craft coffee to local literature and academic lectures, there is something for every kind of getaway.

Don’t Miss the Sea Stars 
Ever touched a sea anemone or poked the prickly spines of a red sea urchin? Stop in at the SEA Discovery Center for a hands-on experience with creatures you might encounter in Puget Sound. SEA is free to attend with open hours to the public from Thursday through Sunday. A long-standing hub for community education, SEA operates in conjunction with Western Washington University Center at Olympic College Poulsbo, providing educational support for learners of all  ages on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas.  wwu.edu/SEA