Poulsbo Viking Fest

May 15-17, 2020

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Viking Fest History

When the first Norwegian immigrants arrived in Poulsbo in the mid-1800s, drawn by climate and resources similar to their home, Norwegian independence was still a dream. Norway's parliament had adopted a constitution on May 17, 1814 a constitution modeled in large part on the constitution of the United States. But at that time, Norway was locked in a union with Sweden after an almost 300-year union with Denmark. May 17 became a lasting, unifying national symbol in the long struggle for its independence that finally occurred in 1905. Norway was the third nation in the world to adopt a constitution and is today the only country in the world, aside from the USA, to still use its original constitution.

Today, May 17 is a national holiday in Norway. Poulsbo began its celebration of May 17 Syttende Mai, in Norwegian in 1969.

Brief Tour Overview

This is a 3-day (Friday through Sunday) motor coach trip. Our primary attraction is Poulsbo Viking Fest (and especially the Viking Fest Parade), but that's not all! Other treats in store include a visit to Bloedel Reserve (one of America's 10 Best Botanical Gardens), time to explore the Victorian town of Port Townsend, and a ride across scenic Elliott Bay aboard the Washington State Ferry. All this AND we get to add Washington's 82nd largest city to our lifetime performance list! Click here for the detailed itinerary.

Performances other than the Parade are still TBD (we may try to do something Saturday morning, but right now we're thinking you may prefer an opportunity to enjoy the other Viking Fest attractions).

Non-performer family and guests (adults only, no children) are welcome to join the trip. Pricing for non-performers is the same as for TBGO band associates. However, non-performers are not eligible to receive discounts or subsidies for travel offered to band associates.

Travel Options and Tour Package Restrictions

The TBGO travel packages are offered as a streamlined way for Band Associates to participate in road trips. As always, you may elect to forego the packages and make all your own travel arrangements. Please be aware that if you choose to make all your own arrangements you are responsible for your own ground transportation, including transportation to and from performances.

We are offering two packages for this trip. The Full Package includes round-trip motor coach transportation from Portland, all listed attractions, hotel, and parade transportation. The Self-Drive Package includes only hotel (same as the band hotel) and parade transportation. The number of Self-Drive Packages may be limited since travelers booking the Full Package have priority for available rooms at the hotel. If we run out of available rooms, Self-Drive packages will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Our hotel is the Best Western Plus Silverdale Beach Hotel. This newly renovated hotel is right on Puget Sound. Amenities include daily cooked breakfast, on-site restaurant, the Beach Front Martini Lounge overlooking the Sound, swimming pool and hot tub, microwave and refrigerator in room, and free wireless internet access in public areas and guest rooms. A wide variety of restaurants is available within easy walking distance.

3073 NW Bucklin Hill Rd.
Silverdale, WA 98383
Phone (360) 698-1000

Poulsbo Tour Packages

Transportation for the Full Package and parade transportation for the Self-Drive Package is aboard to National Luxury motor coaches.

The standard rooming arrangement is a Double room (i.e., two persons in a room). Single supplement is available at additional charge. Triple and Quad rooms are available. If you elect a Triple or Quad room, you MUST have a VERIFIED rooming list of all persons in the room prior to signup as per standard TBGO rooming policy.

Poulsbo Tour Packages
  Full Package Self-Drive Package
Single $544.00 $357.00
Double $400.00 $214.00
Triple $375.00 $188.00
Quad $351.00 $164.00

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Poulsbo Tour Package Payment Schedule (Per Person, Either Package)
What Amount When
Deposit: $150.00 At Signup
Final Payment: Balance Due March 24, 2020

Inclusions / Exclusions


  • All rates quoted are in US Dollars.
  • Accommodations including breakfast as listed in the detailed itinerary, subject to availability at time of deposit
  • Ground transportation on parade day.
  • Applicable taxes & fees in force at time of confirmation. Changes, including per person city taxes, coach permit fees, etc., taking effect after confirmation may result in a supplement added to your final prices.
  • Tips for the driver, escort, and local guides.


  • Round-trip motor coach transportation from Portland area.
  • All services listed in the detailed itinerary.
  • Luggage allowance on ground transportation is based on one standard sized suitcase and one carry-on such as a band instrument. Additional luggage must be arranged in advance, fees may apply.

Not Included:

  • Meals, unless listed in the detailed itinerary
  • Porterage of suitcases
  • Travel Protection, please inquire for details


Travel Subsidies Overview

It is in TBGO's best interests to field a large, balanced band at travel events. The Board also believes that being able to participate in travel events is an important positive part of the "TBGO experience". To enable us to field a large band, determine participation at an early date, and reduce the total cost of travel for band associates to more affordable levels, the band will partially subsidize travel costs via an Early Booking Discount supported by the band fund.

Non-performer guests are not eligible for the EBD or other subsidies provided to band associates.

Early Booking Discount

An Early Booking Discount (EBD) of $100.00 is available to all TBGO band associates (musicians, auxiliary unit members, and support staff) who have performed regularly with the band before November 10, 2019 and who sign up for the Full Package by December 20, 2019. The EBD will be applied at the time of your final trip payment.

The Early Booking Discount is not available for the Self-Drive Package or to friends and family traveling with the band. While we're delighted to welcome new performers to join TBGO for this trip, the EBD is not available to band associates starting their TBGO affiliation after November 10, 2019.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is available at additional cost for those who want it. See this link for further information. You will be offered an opportunity to request travel insurance during signup.

Let's Go!!! Poulsbo Viking Fest Trip Signup

Use the link below to sign up for the Full Package or the Self-Drive Package for the Poulsbo Viking Fest Trip. If you sign up for a Package, it commits you to making the trip. ALL PAYPMENTS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. If you prefer to make ALL your own travel arrangements, you can also use the signup survey to let us know that you'll be attending (there's an appropriate option).

You will need to know the following:

  • Type of Package you want (or that you'll be making ALL your own travel arrangements).
  • Type of room (Single, Double, Triple, Quad) and roommates.
  • For Triple or Quad rooms, a verified rooming list per TBGO guidelines.
  • Payment Information - Credit Card info if you wish to pay by credit card, or you can contact Tom directly
  • Whether you want Travel Insurance



Poulsbo Tour Itinerary - May 15-17, 2020

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15 May 2020

Early morning departure from Portland aboard our National Luxury Coaches. We have both east side and west side pickup points. See the main Event Information page for details of pickup locations and departure times.


Morning rest and coffee stop at the Centralia, WA outlet stores. We continue north to the Kitsap Peninsula and arrive on Bainbridge Island for a special treat: a 90-minute guided tour of the house and grounds of the Bloedel Reserve, one of America's Top 10 Botanical Gardens.


The Bloedel Reserve is a 150-acre forest garden and home built by Prentice Bloedel, the vice-chairman of one of the largest lumber companies in North America, along with his wife Virginia. Prentice was born in Bellingham, WA and graduated from Yale University. Both Prentice and Virginia were great patrons of the arts in Seattle for many years. The Bloedels would be the equivalent of the present day founders of Starbucks, Microsoft, or Amazon. The lumber company continues today in Canada as the MacMillan Bloedel Company and is now owned by Weyerhauser.


The Bloedel Reserve has both natural and highly landscaped lakes, immaculate lawns, woods, a rock and sand Zen garden, a moss garden, a rhododendron glen and a reflection garden designed with the assistance of landscape architects Richard Haag, Thomas Church, Kazimir Wall, and Danielle Stern. The Bloedels’ French Chateau-style Manor House, including many original furnishings, is preserved as a visitor center.


We depart the reserve and head for Port Townsend for a late lunch wth time to explore this quaint city on the water. Port Townsend was intended to be a big city with a large harbor, much like Seattle today, which is why it's somtimes known as the "City of Dreams". You may notice deer wandering freely through the city and residential areas. We depart Port Townsend around 5 pm and head for our hotel in Silverdale, arriving aboug 6 pm. Enjoy a great variety of restaurants all near or walkable from our hotel for dinner.

16 May 2020

PARADE DAY! Breakfast at the hotel and a mid-morning departure for Poulsbo. We arrive in time to take in some of the festivities and events, and there's time before the parade for lunch on your own. Unfortunately, the lutefisk-eating contest doesn't begin until Sunday, but I'm betting you can still find this (ahem!) delicacy if you dare. The 1.5 mile parade steps off at 2 pm. Folowing the parade we return to our hotel around 5 pm; dinner is on your own.

17 May 2020

Breakfast at the hotel and then we make our way to nearby Bremerton to catch the Washington State Ferry (the motor coaches go on the ferry). Settle in for a one hour scenic ride across Elliott Bay to Seattle. We come off the Ferry and and head for home. Our lunch stop is at the South Center Mall at Tukwila with plenty of choices from sit down restaurants to an extensive food court.

Our last rest stop is at the Centralia Outlet Mall. We arrive back in Gresham at 5:45 pm and in Beaverton at 6:10 pm.