Last Chance Winter Wonders

Embrace the Norwegian lifestyle, known as “friluftsliv,” which translates to “free air life.” Year-round activities in the great outdoors and connecting with nature have positive effects on health, mind and body. Winter can renew your spirit. It’s a season of opportunity to safely explore, take in the fresh air and put your inhibitions on ice.

Speaking of ice, don’t miss your opportunity to drill a hole and test your ice fishing skills while the lakes are still frozen. Ice fishing provides hours of recreation, fun and the opportunity to catch plentiful varieties of fish. Be sure you check the ice conditions before heading out, as temperature differences and other conditions can affect the ice.

Devils Lake is known as one of the best fisheries in this part of the country and is famous for ice fishing and great services. The state’s largest natural body of water boasts abundant populations of fish and popular outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing, fat-tire biking and snowshoeing at Grahams Island State Park and White Horse Hill National Game Preserve.

There’s a winter wonderland to discover outside, and the warm welcome of open restaurants, shops, small-town charm, friendly people and more inside. After a day outdoors, spend the evening warming up as you grab a bite at Proz Lakeside at the Cove or a hot beverage at the Liquid Bean.

Then, head east for a weekend filled with more outdoor adventures, shopping, culture and cuisine. Bring your sled and your skis and venture to The Greenway in Grand Forks for hours of outdoor fun, or slip on your ice skates and glide around the Town Square Ice Rink.

When you’re ready to take a break and relax, enjoy some great food and iconic ales at Rhombus Guys Brewing Company or sip on freshly brewed java, while you peruse the “World’s Smallest Art Gallery” and gift shop at the Urban Stampede coffeehouse.

In Fargo, experience something new, such as dining outside in an igloo. 701 Eateries and CRAVE both offer heated igloos, and Rosewild has signature Icehouse Chalets. Reservations are usually required, so call ahead. And it is recommended that you wear layers to stay cozy.

For a cultural adventure, take in the nearly 4,000 works of art, including regional and national art, Native American art, historic photographs and murals at the Plains Art Museum, then catch a movie or concert at the Fargo Theatre.

No matter what you love to do, you’ll find it in North Dakota. Outdoor adventures and cozy indoor activities keep your mind and body entertained, happy and healthy. Plan your adventures by visiting