Snåsa

By Michael Kyle ’85

The beautiful rolling hills and farmland of Snåsa, Norway. (Photo credit: Siri Smithback '12)

The beautiful rolling hills and farmland of Snåsa, Norway. Photo by Siri Smithback ’12.

The second to last stop on the tour, Snåsa (“SNOW-sah”), lies at the eastern end of Lake Snåsavatnet, about 100 miles northeast of Trondheim. To Norwegians, the municipality of Snåsa is best known for agriculture and wildlife, but for avid Ole historians it is better known as the birthplace of Bernt Julius Muus — one of the founders of St. Olaf College.

Because of this connection, Snåsa has a history of sending its students to St. Olaf, and has further supported an exchange program with St. Olaf for a number of years. The choir will enjoy the opportunity to interact with this community of Norwegian Oles through the evening concert at Snåsa Church and their second home-stay experience on the tour.

Michael Kyle ’85 is vice president for enrollment and college relations at St. Olaf.