The Valley of the Elves (“Nissedahle” in Norwegian) is located 3576 Country Road JG, just three miles down the road from Mt. Oreb, Wisconsin (aka, “The Troll Capital of the World”).
This Norwegian cultural attraction (aka “Little Norway”) was built on the site of a mid-nineteenth century farm long abandoned by Norwegian immigrants.
In 1865, Osten and Birgit Haugen arrived from Telemark, Norway, cleared the land to create a homestead for their immigrant family. Nearly 150 years later, that homestead stands as Little Norway, included now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tours of the facility are conducted by Guides who wear traditional Norwegian costumes. The tours showcase the life-styles of Scandinavian settlers, including original farm buildings from the 1860’s, a collection of antiques, such as traditional arts and crafts, items brought to the area by immigrants, and ancient hand tools.
There is also a faithfully restored structure that resembles a 12th century “Stavekirke” (Stave Church). The ancient Norse church originally appeared as an exhibit in the Colombian Exposition at Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.
Souvenirs can be found in the gift shop, including imported Norwegian jewelry, hand carved figurines, rosemaled items, coverlets and books pertaining to Norway and Norwegians.
As of 2014, this tourist attraction is listed as Permanently Closed.
Directions: turn off U.S. 18-151, Cave of the Mounds Road, then right on Country Road ID, ¼ of a mile to Road JG. Follow the winding road down to “The Valley of the Elves.”
Little Norway (Valley of the Elves)
3576 Country Road JG
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin 53517-9648
Little Norway (Website)