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Minnesota Viking Ship, Anyone?

The centerpiece of the Hjemkomst Center is the Hjemkomst itself: a grand 76-foot-long replica of a Viking ship, which Bob Asp built with singular vision in the 1970s from locally lumbered oaks. After Asp's death in 1980, a 13-member crew (including several of Asp's children) fulfilled his vision of sailing the ship--meant to celebrate its builder's and the region's Scandinavian heritage--to its spiritual home of Norway. Since 1986 the vessel, now owned by the City of Moorhead, has proudly stood here as a symbol not only of that Minnesota-Norway connection but also the shipbuilder's dare to dream. The Hjemkost Center, which hosts an onsite museum and a variety of events, also includes another gorgeous Norwegian-style structure: a replica of the Hopperstad Stave Church.

Open in Google Maps: 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead, MN 56560

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