Poulsbo, nicknamed Little Norway, was founded by a Norwegian immigrant and was populated by Scandinavian immigrants. Norwegian remained the primary language used in town until World War II when the military brought in hundreds of workers from elsewhere to support the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
Poulsbo's Norwegian origins are well-represented in the city's historical downtown area, including shops, restaurants and the local bakery.
Poulsbo is located on Liberty Bay and has a large marina. Many visitors to Poulsbo from Seattle or Tacoma make the trip by boat.
Downtown Poulsbo (O14A0004)
When exploring downtown Poulsbo, stop by Sluys Poulsbo Bakery for authentic Norwegian treats.
Viking Sculpture (O14A0003)
Mark Gale is the sculptor of this 12-foot-tall viking who welcomes visitors to Poulsbo.
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Poulsbo Marine Science Center, Poulsbo, Washington
- World's Largest Clam Pile, Brinnon, Washington
- Fat Smitty's Restaurant, Discovery Bay, Washington