Sons of Norway is the largest Norwegian-American organization in the world. If you are passionate about preserving and promoting Norwegian heritage and culture, we invite you to explore and JOIN us at the Bernt Bachen Lodge here in Anchorage, Alaska. Everyone and every family is welcome no matter your heritage.
See King Harald of Norway!
His Majesty, King Harald V of Norway will be opening an exhibit entitled “Polar Night” at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center on Wednesday, May 27th. His arrival at the museum at 11:00 a.m. will provide a good opportunity to see and politely greet the King as he enters the museum. Also, there should be another opportunity at 11:45 a.m. when he makes his exit to his transportation.
Sons of Norway Bernt Balchen Lodge encourages all its members to turn out and cheerfully and respectfully greet His Majesty. The Lodge will pass out small Norwegian flags to the attendees to wave for the King. The embassy would like to see a good crowd of Norwegian-Alaskans and Scandinavian-Alaskans take part in this event. Children are most welcome to this event. If you have a bunad please wear it for the event. It is important to be respectful and keep a good distance from His Majesty. Be festive, not familiar!
No one should approach the King or his immediate party. The Royal Norwegian Embassy asks us to cheer His Majesty with “hurra!” and wave our Norwegian flags as he passes by. Please arrive at least 15 minutes beforehand in the park-like area to the immediate west of the main museum entrance on the “C” Street side of the museum. The King will be on time like most Norwegians. So if you are late you will miss him entering the museum. Note: We will not be able to attend the opening of the exhibit inside the museum.