Our Events - Ski for Light & Sports for Health

Held at Land of the Vikings since 1978

Land of the Vikings

This is where we hold our events. Land of the Vikings (LOV) is the cultural and recreational center of the Sons of Norway – District Three. Land of the Vikings is located on 150 acres in a peaceful valley in Northeastern Pennsylvania, 35 miles east of Binghamton, NY, and is surrounded by 5000 acres of state game land.

Over the past 30 years, LOV has been the site of Sports for Health and Ski for Light retreats, offering picturesque backdrop and rustic charm, LOV offers possibilities for a variety of outdoor activities . Visit their website to learn more.

Sports for Health

The summer program is called Sports for Health, and is a week long event held annually the latter part of July. For this program, visually impaired or blind participants are assigned to a sighted guide for such activities as:

  • hiking
  • canoeing and kayaking
  • tandem biking
  • swimming (pool)
  • fly fishing
  • horseback riding lessons (additional cost)
  • orienteering using a Braille compass
  • pistol shooting/marksmanship

The week concludes with a semi-formal dinner, and a talent show featuring any member of the group who wants to participate.

Join us for Sports for Health July 22-26, 2020 at Land of the Vikings. We are working on adding some new exciting activities. Stay tuned.

If you have any questions about the summer program or want additional information please contact:
Allison Holder – Guide Coordinator
Fred Quick – Visually Impaired Coordinator

Ski for Light

The winter program is called Ski for Light, and is a week long event held annually in the latter part of January. Visually impaired or blind skiers are paired with a sighted guide for cross country skiing on several trails around the lodge area. Other activities include:

  • snowshoeing
  • hiking
  • indoor shuffleboard tournament
  • games such as Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit
  • a mystery gift exchange
  • dancing
  • sing-a-alongs
  • silent auction

The week concludes with a semi-formal dinner, and a talent show featuring any member of the group who wants to participate.

Ski For Light 2020 is “in the books.” Planning is underway for our next winter program. The venue and schedule will be announced on this site, so check back in the fall of 2020 for the latest on the winter program in 2021. All are invited to participate. If you have any questions about the winter program, please contact:
Ed Kenlon – Guide Coordinator
Louise Wood – Visually Impaired Coordinator