Iola and Scandinavia are two communities nestled in the rolling hills and woodlands of Central Wisconsin; located about 20 miles east of Stevens Point, and about 60 miles west of Green Bay. Iola and Scandinavia are an easy ride from the major cities of Wisconsin, and the area truly has something for everyone.
Iola and Scandinavia are proud of their Norwegian and Scandinavian heritage. This is evident when all are welcomed to a Lutefisk Dinner sponsored by Northland Lutheran Church in October and another the first Saturday in February at the high school during the Winter Carnival. These would not be complete without the scrumptious desserts: krumkake, rosettes, fattigman, lefse, and julekake. Yummm!
The local heritage is also celebrated and preserved at the Iola Historical Society’s educational museum complex in downtown Iola.
The Iola-Scandinavia area is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. It boasts of some of the most sought after hunting land in the state. There are also abundant lakes for your fishing recreation. The Tomorrow River State Trail goes through downtown Scandinavia and extends east to Manawa and west to Plover for biking and hiking most of the year. In the winter, snowmobilers enjoy the beautifully groomed trails by the local snowmobile club. The Norseman Hill ski complex boasts of 5 ski jumps and if you like cross country skiing there are 20k of groomed trails and 4 miles lighted trails, and recently added snowshoe trails, located just seven miles north of Iola. Competitive ski jumping is held regularly at the ski hill and Saturdays are rich with youngsters learning how to jump (some as soon as they can walk!) The Iola Winter Sport Club also hosts a WORS (Wisconsin Off Road Series) in May at the ski hill. Throw in some hiking, biking, swimming and camping to fulfill the longings of any outdoor enthusiast. For you indoor recreation people, check out our Fitness and Aquatic Center – a state-of-the-art facility.
The Norwegian/Scandinavian culture is also known for its warmth, welcome and hospitality. Whether stranger or neighbor, you will experience kindness and generosity as you visit and explore our communities.