The perfect adventure — A private journey to Norway provided to you with first-hand experience.
Linda Spencer, Tour Director
Linda resides on Whidbey Island in Washington state, where she is a registered nurse. Born in Norway, Linda came to United States when she was just 12 years old. She's fluent in both Norwegian and English and has spent her life immersed in Norwegian cultural heritage. Since coming to the United States, Ms. Spencer has been involved in Scandinavian programs and groups that promote culture and heritage. She continues to be involved with the Daughters of Norway, having served on the Grand Lodge Board as a past treasurer and on the local Ester Moe Lodge #39 board. Linda was founder and director of the Young Skandia Dansers and she's chaired the Nordic Fest on Whidbey Island. The comments from participants about her skills as a tour guide speak for themselves (Testimonials). On her annual visits to Norway, Linda loves making Norwegian travel dreams come true and teaching Norwegian and Nordic culture.
Norland Corp. – Our History
In 2006, Norland Corp. opened for business. On Whidbey Island in Washington that same year, a group of children, the Young Scandia Dancers, were heading to Norway to display their dancing skills and learn more about the country whose dances they had learned. The company was formed to offer this trip so that the talented dancers had an affordable and unique cultural heritage experience. Many adult volunteers commented on how much they had enjoyed the trip and would like another one the following year, which led to tours being offered every summer. Each year the company expands it's unique offerings to the Nordic countries.
The website's name expresses the positive aspect of traveling to Nordic countries. In Norwegian the word gå (which sounds like go in English) translates as showing movement or walking. This combined with American cheers of “go, team, go!”, lead us to the gonorland name for our website. Norland Corp. goals is to make each trip a unique travel experience that is fun, positive, upbeat and filled with lots of learning and awe-inspiring scenery. We want you to come away from the trip with a love of the land, it’s people, and respect for their cultural heritage and modern way of life.