Preserving Norwegian Traditions

Astrid Karlsen Scott is a free-lance writer, author, published lecturer and an award winning producer/director. She has published and produced numerous books, videos and audio products about her native homeland, Norway. Her products are internationally acclaimed and her video productions have coveted Award of Excellence from the Film Advisory Board, Hollywood, CA.

She has conducted professional tours throughout Scandinavia and is considered an expert on Norway's culture, traditions, folklore and culinary customs. Astrid has made numerous guest appearances on television and radio talk shows throughout the United States. She has written extensively for a variety of Nordic publications, and she has served as a regional correspondent for Western Viking in Seattle, Food Editor for the Sons of Norway International Viking Magazine for seven years and has been a frequent contributor to Norway Times (New York). As a speaker, lecturer, producer and storyteller who is in demand, she often returns to Norway to conduct research and develop new products dealing with her Norwegian Heritage.

Astrid has given workshops and lectures for Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, Smithsonian Institute, Norwegian chambers of Commerce, Colleges & Universities, The National Society of the Son of the American Revolution, Fraternal organizations, Commercial Norsemen Federation, Book Clubs, Study Circles, Churches and more.

In her free time she has been deeply involved promoting her heritage within the Sons of Norway (SofN) and Daughters of Norway (DofN). Serving as Social/Cultural Director of Eastern District lodges, SofN, and organized Boston SofN Lodge, served as president, cultural director and editor. She has served as president and Cultural Director of the Olympia, WA lodge of DofN, and president of the Scandinavian Cultural Council at Pacific Lutheran University Tacoma, WA where she established the Council's Endowment fund and served as it's first chair.

Astrid emigrated from Oslo with her parents and siblings. She is married to Melvin Scott, Jr. and they enjoy three children and twelve grandchildren. Astrid and her husband currently reside in Olympia, Washington.

  • 2008 Authored IN the Shadow of the Gestapo
  • 2007 Recorded "Little House on the Fjord" Audio CD
  • 2005 Authored "Yes, We Love This Land"
  • 2004 Authored "Silent Patriot", Norway's Most Highly Decorated WWII Soldier & Secret Agent
  • 2003 Consultant to NFL Films for the filming of "Defiant Courage", Norway's longest WWII Escape; for the History Channel
  • 2004 Authored "Little House on the Fjord"
  • 2000 Co-authored "Defiant Courage", Norway's longest WWII Escape
  • 1997 Hostess of Culinary Tour to Norway
  • 1997 Translated Christmas songs and stories for "Ekte Norsk Jul, Vol III", Traditional Norwegian Christmas Vol. III
  • 1997 Recorded "Norway's Fascinating Folklore", an audio cassette with full orchestration & sound
  • 1994 -1996 Wrote, produced and directed two award-winning videos, "Christmas in Norway" and "Cooking Norway Style", both filmed on location in Norway
  • 1994 - 1995 Authored "Authentic Norwegian Cooking"
  • 1993 Authored "Norway's Fest Days", "Norway's Best", and "Ekte Norsk Jul, Vol. II" (Traditional Norwegian Christmas Foods)
  • 1992 Authored "Ekte Norsk Jul, Vol. I" (Traditional Norwegian Christmas)
  • 1991 - 1998 Food Editor for International Viking Magazine, Minneapolis, MN
  • 1991 Authored "Ekte Norsk Mat"
  • 1991 - to present, President of Nordic Adventures