1. The historic town is full of culture.
Poulsbo is a quaint small town that maintains a Scandinavian theme as a reminder of the city's early immigrants. It was named after a Norwegian village, and until World War II, most of the residents even spoke Norwegian as their primary language. From the storefronts to the Viking-themed events, you'll be able to see the community's roots all over.
2. It's a perfect place to spend a weekend vacation.
Between the unique attractions and wide range of lodging options, it's no wonder this small town is a popular destination to visit. To get to this waterfront town, it's only a short drive over the Hood Canal Bridge, Tacoma Narrows Bridge, or by Highway 3. You can also catch a ferry ride from Seattle, or if you have a boat, there's a marina with 130 guest slips available.
3. Their picturesque downtown has tons of thriving shops.
You can browse though all kinds of businesses along Front Street, many of which have Norwegian storefronts and names like Nordic Maid or Thor’s Hammer. There's also a number of fantastic restaurants to check out, as well as clothing stores, cafes, book stores, art galleries, and a fascinating Marine Science Center.
4. The beautiful town is located right along Liberty Bay.
Being right by the water, the town is a popular boating and fishing destination. While you're in the area, you can go for a relaxing stroll along the boardwalk near the Liberty Bay Marina and enjoy stunning views of the inlet.
5. There are scenic parks and trails to explore everywhere.
The city is home to 15 parks total, including the popular Waterfront Park where you can often catch a breathtaking view of the Olympic mountains. You can also find plenty of trails and loops over at Poulsbo's Fish Park!
6. Your taste buds will explode when you try Sluys' Bakery.
The whole world can love and appreciate Poulsbo Bread, made locally in this famous bakery. They're not just great at making bread though! There are dozens of other Nordic baked goods that you'll be tempted to try too, like cinnamon rolls, donuts, scones and more.
7. If you love beer, there's even a Viking-themed brewery that you can check out.
Valhöll Brewing makes award-winning micro-brews that are definitely worth a taste while you're in town. They also fill growlers and offer a great view of Liberty Bay, located not far from Waterfront Park on 3rd Ave NE.
8. There are amazing Scandinavian murals to admire all over town.
Even better, this vibrant work of art in particular is painted on the side of Boehm’s Chocolates! In addition, there's another remarkable mural just outside of the Bakery Cafe downtown with an elaborate "Velkommen To Poulsbo" design.
9. Where else in Washington will you be able to find an annual Viking Fest?
In the month of May, you can put on a horned helmet and have a great time at this three-day event! It features parades, bands, craft booths, awesome Viking costumes and more. The proposed dates for this year are May 20th-22nd.
10. It's incredibly charming to visit all year!
No matter what season it is, you'll be able to find something new and exciting going on in this town. Aside from their Viking Events in May, there are plenty of other festivals and events happening all throughout the year, from Easter traditions to a Lighted Boat Parade. You'll never be bored in the "Little Norway on the Fjord"!
Have you been to this lovely small town on the Kitsap Peninsula? Where else would you recommend visiting?