On The National Register Of Historic Sites

Little Norway

Nestled in a beautiful valley hidden in the foothills of Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, is Little Norway.  Little Norway is also known by a different name, Nissedahle or Valley of The Elves. This name was chosen by Little Norway’s founder, Isak Dahle. Nissedahle is more romantic, as well as a reflection of the Norwegian heritage of the two families who have lived in this valley.







Little Norway

3576 Cty. Road JG North

Blue Mounds, Wisconsin 53517

To contact us:

Phone: 608-437-8211

Fax: 608-437-7827



 Osten Olson Haugen and his family came from Telemark, Norway and settled in this beautiful valley in the 1850’s. Because the landscape of southwest Wisconsin looks so similar to the landscape of their previous homeland they felt right at home in this sheltered valley. As the daughters who were raised here in the valley married and moved to other homes in the area. The homestead was put up for sale. The Dahle family acquired the property in 1927, becoming the second and current owners of the farmstead.  

You will find the original farm buildings constructed by the Olson Haugen family still here. They are constructed in the authentic Norse architecture of the family farm in Norway, simple and durable. One has a growing sod roof; another, the spring house, is peaked by three cupolas and most of them are trimmed with warm, fresh blue that is typically Norwegian. These buildings along with the centerpiece of Norway’s exhibit at the 1893 World’s Fair, the Norway Building  provide shelter to the largest privately held collection of Norwegian American artifacts anywhere.

As you tour Little Norway please take note of the Heritage Gardens that are being renovated back to their original 1920’s splendor.

About Little Norway

Osten Olson Haugen

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