Nicknamed "Little Norway"


Nicknamed “Little Norway,” Poulsbo is a sweet waterfront town nestled into Liberty Bay. On the Kitsap Peninsula, Established in the 1880s, Poulsbo was settled by Scandinavian settlers, who found the area reminiscent of the fjords of Norway. Today, the town brings its history to life with festivals, murals, and more.

Poulsbo is just a 20-minute drive from the Kingston Ferry Terminal or a meandering drive over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge depending on where visitors are coming from.

Historic downtown Poulsbo is full of charming shops, bakeries, delicious restaurants, murals, and a boardwalk on which to stroll. Visitors with a yen for authentic Nordic treats will want to stop at Sluys Bakery for all manner of treats, including Swedish fruit rolls, Viking cup pastries, Fattman, and some Lefse to bring home. Stop at any of the restaurants or breweries for a variety of delectable food and Pacific Northwest beer.

Views of Liberty Bay and the Olympic Mountains will not disappoint, whether tourists are looking out their car window, walking downtown or enjoying balcony seating at a local restaurant. Great shopping can be found in Poulsbo Village, along Viking Avenue, as well as in College Market Place.

There is no shortage of parks and greenery in Poulsbo. Liberty Bay Waterfront Park will take visitors along the water via boardwalk. Lions Park is the perfect place to bring energetic kiddos. The 40-acre Fish Park is a pocket of natural wonder in the midst of an otherwise bustling city. Fish Park will provide nature lovers with trails, viewpoints, and wildlife, along with educational signage. Adventurous visitors may even find themselves gearing up at the Poulsbo Pump Track.

The Viking Festival is an annual celebration of Poulsbo’s heritage. Every May, the Viking Festival fills downtown Poulsbo with festivities, including a parade, carnival and street fair, a road race, live music, brew fest and bike ride. The Poulsbo Art Festival will be held August 16-18, 2024, and the Poulsbo Film Festical will take place October 11-13, 2024. Winter visitors will not want to miss the Lighted Ships Parade. For more information on events like these, see page 62.

Second Saturdays of the month are a great time to head to the historic downtown for an evening artwalk.

Visitors stepping onto Front Street for the first time will feel like they have stepped into the pages of a Norwegian storybook. Get pulled into Scandinavian history for the day or the weekend. As they say in Poulsbo, Velkommen!

For more information visit

Poulsbo Kids Corner

Fun and Free: SEA Discovery Center

Water access: Liberty Bay Waterfront Park

Playground: Lions Park

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