Northwest Trolls: Way of the Bird King

Meet the NW Trolls


Location & Hours

Nordic Northwest
8800 SW Oleson Road
Portland, OR 97223

9am-5pm Mon-Fri
9am-3pm Sat-Sun

Admission is free and available during daylight hours. Docent led troll walks and tours of the cultural center are available. Closed most holidays.


Fine gravel paths to the troll are traversable by walking assistance devices and wheelchairs, but may be difficult. The distance to the troll from both the upper and lower parking lots is less than 0.25 miles. Restrooms are open during regular hours and have accessible stalls.


Trimet buses 43 and 45.


Nordic NW has two ample parking lots (50 spaces) with overflow parking available on 80th and Scholls Ferry. The upper lot includes one step up a curb and has a slightly steep entrance.

Visitors Guide

Location & Hours

Sakai Park
1560 Madison Ave N
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Visitors Guide

Parking & Accessibility

There are limited (6-10) parking spaces at Sakai Park. Pia is located roughly 700ft from the small lot on Madison Avenue

A short 0.1 mile trail walk from the Madison Ave parking lot is traversable by ADA, rolling vehicles and walking assistance devices.

There is one ADA accessible portable restroom at Sakai Park.

Transit & Ferry

Bainbridge Island is about a 35 minute ferry ride from Seattle’s Coleman Dock. Sakai Park is roughly 1.0 mile from the Bainbridge ferry terminal. Kitsap Transit and BI Ride provide bus service from the ferry terminal. Disembark at 305 and High School Road or the stop near the library.

Location & Hours

Lincoln Park
8011 Fauntleroy Way SW
Seattle, WA 98136

Lincoln Park includes 4.6 miles of walking paths, 3.9 miles of bike trails, five picnic shelters, acres of playfields and an outdoor heated saltwater pool. Open dawn to dusk.

Parking & Accessibility

There are two parking lots along Fauntleroy Way SW with a total of about 120 spaces and 9 ADA spots.

From the lower parking lot #2, a roughly 0.3 mile paved trail toward Coleman Pool is accessible for all. From the upper lot it’s a 1 mile hike over dirt and gravel trails.

Restrooms are located at the beach, concession and wading pool locations from 7am-7pm.


King County Metro bus via Rapid Ride C Line. You can also plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO.

Visitors Guide

Location & Hours

Rainier Trail
via the Issaquah Community Center
301 Rainier Blvd South
Issaquah, WA 98027

Jakob is located on the trail about 0.25 miles from the Issaquah Community Center. Open dawn to dusk.

Open dawn to dusk.

Parking & Accessibility

There is a small lot at the Issaquah Community Center and parking is available on nearby streets.

Walk south on the paved Rainer Trail approximately 0.25 miles, past the Dog Park. The trail is ADA, rolling vehicle and bicycle friendly.

Restrooms are located in the Community Center. M-F 7am-9pm, Sat 8am-4pm.


King County Metro provides bus service to the trailhead. Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO, or consult the King County metro schedules 200, 208, 214 and 271. Sound Transit, route 554, also services the Rainier Trail.

Visitors Guide

Location & Hours

National Nordic Museum
2655 NW Market Street
Seattle, WA 98107

Frankie Feetsplinter stands outside the museum and is viewable at all times.

Museum Hours
10am-5pm Tues-Sun


The museum’s parking lot is on the south side of the building, accessible via NW Market St and 28th Ave NW. Museum parking rates are $2 per hour and must be paid in advance at the kiosk or via the REEF Mobile app. Alternative parking is available along NW Market St and in residential neighborhoods nearby.



Frankie stands outside the Museum entrance on a concrete entry plaza. It is accessible for all via sidewalk.

Restrooms available in the museum

Visitors Guide

Location & Hours

Point Robinson Park
Vashon Troll
3705 SW Point Robinson Road
Vashon, WA 98070

Point Robinson, located roughly 12 miles from the Vashon ferry terminal, is a 10 acre shoreline park and historical marine conservancy

Open 8am to dusk

Parking & Accessibility

There are two parking lots, Upper and Lower (ADA accessible). The lower lot is closed to general traffic.

There are two short trails through Point Robinson Park. The shorter trail from the lower parking lot includes an incline. The walk from the upper parking lot is less than 0.5 miles.

There is one ADA accessible portable restroom in the lower lot.

Transit & Ferry

Vashon Island is accessed by ferry only. Ferries depart from Fauntleroy in Seattle, Point Defiance in Tacoma, or Southworth near Port Orchard. There is no public transportation directly to Robinson Park. Bus service runs North/South through the island.

Visitors Guide


The Way of the Bird King

Public Art Exhibition

This ambitious public art project is presented by Scan Design Foundation, whose mission is to support Danish-American relations with a focus on environmental sustainability. NWTrolls: Way of the Bird King features six giant hand-built troll sculptures by Danish environmental artist, Thomas Dambo. The publicly-accessible sculptures are located around the Pacific Northwest where each whimsical troll sculpture is part of an underlying environmental story. The project celebrates the human experience of art by amplifying the connections of cultural heritage between Coast Salish tribal communities and Scandinavian traditions. Thanks to our funding partners and host site partners, there is no admission fee to visit any of the trolls.

Trolls &
Nordic Culture

Trolls, originating from Norse mythology and folklore, draw their magic from nature. As fierce protectors of the natural world, they are not always friends to humans, who tend to disrupt the trolls' natural environment. [read ] The trolls visiting the Pacific Northwest have a desire to help ‘the little people’ – us humans. Spending time exploring, troll hunting and being in nature are core elements of the NW Trolls experience. Read more about the NW Trolls in this this article by troll aficionado, Dr. Lotta Gavel Adams

Recycle Artist
Thomas Dambo

Thomas Dambo is a Danish artist, environmental art activist and one of the world’s leading recycling artists. His prolific work spans over 20 years and can be found in Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States. [read ] He has been creating giant trolls, made from recycled/reclaimed materials for the past ten years, and to date, he has built over 120. By using the stories and mythologies of his childhood, trolls became a natural vehicle to marry his large-scale artwork with his attention to the natural world.

Cultural Connections

Thomas consulted with tribal groups and Nordic representatives to best integrate the shared values of protecting the PNW’s natural resources. For some sites, more involved collaboration was nurtured and factored into the creative process.

Bruun Idun: Muckleshoot artist, Coyote, carved a flute with killer whales, symbolizing the call for whales back to the Salish Sea.

Ole Bolle: Nordia House built a traditional Fogelbo (meaning “bird’s nest”) house to lure Ole Bolle.

Jakob Two Trees: Ginger de los Angeles from the Snoqualmie Tribe gifted braided cedar bark hair tie, bracelets and a necklace.

Civic Recognition

City of Seattle, Bruun Idun Day
King County Dambo Recognition

FAQ & Facts Download

“ In nature, there is no landfill. Nature is circular, everything has a meaning and everything is recycled ”

Recycle Artist


Questions & Answers

When were the trolls built?

In the summer of 2023, over a span of 7 weeks, the Dambo crew and a small army of volunteers completed the 6 installations.

How long did it take?

A troll takes roughly 7-9 days to build. The trolls were built concurrently during the 7 week timeframe, with two trolls being worked on simultaneously.

What are they made from?

A combination of structural wood, used pallets, and found decorations including shells, tree branches, stones and other organic material.

Where were the trolls built?

The head, hands and feet of each troll were built by the Dambo team in his Denmark studio. Those parts were shipped via container to the US. [read ] Starting with these elements, the Dambo team and local volunteers constructed the body and bulk of the structures in situ. There is a good bit of improvisation and artistic “eye” that goes into the creation, siting, position, attitude and character of each troll.

How much material is used?

A combination of structural wood, used pallets, and found decorations including shells, tree branches, stones and other organic material.

How were materials sourced?

Each site sourced its own materials, but almost all of the recycled and reclaimed culled lumber, construction scrap wood, used pallets and decorative materials were donated from local businesses and individuals.

Are they publicly accessible?

Yes! All the trolls are located within publicly accessible locations. Each installation is tastefully integrated into public settings that already have trails. [read ] Most of the trolls are in ADA accessible locations and do not require a long hike. Please see site visitor guides for specific information.

Can we touch the trolls?

Yes, the intention is that visitors can interact and engage with the Trolls. Visitors are free to hug and/or take pictures with the trolls.

Can we climb them?

No climbing is allowed. Signage requests visitors refrain from climbing the sculptures to avoid injury and to ensure that the trolls can be enjoyed for many years to come.

How long will they be around?

By virtue of the recycled materials, and the PNW climate, the trolls are intended to be temporary installations. Each site partner has committed to hosting the sculptures for a minimum of three years [read ] with the hope and goal of maintaining the trolls for as long as possible. Many of the sites are equipped to repair and maintain the trolls for many years to come. Each site requests that in order to keep the trolls healthy, visitors treat them and their surroundings with care.

What is the best way to visit?

There are many ways to visit the trolls. Walking, biking, and public transportation are all in keeping with our sustainability goals. [read ] Understandably, many people will use motor vehicles to travel to each site. Visitors are highly encouraged to utilize non-motorized transportation whenever possible.

Can we visit all six trolls in one day?

Probably not. While visitors/explorers can chart their own course, Portland is about a 3 hour drive from Seattle, Vashon Island is only accessible by ferry. [read ] Bainbridge Island is best accessible by ferry, although it is possible to visit via the Agate Pass bridge. It is best to plan 2-3 days to visit them all.




Earth Day: Restoration Event

Sat, April 20 9am to 12pm

In honor of EARTH DAY 2024, we'll be removing plants (e.g. ivy, blackberry, ect...) in the beautiful area surrounding our beloved troll, Bruun Iduun, while making room for our hardworking native plants and trees. Our urban forests need your help to thrive and remain healthy AND we promise good nature vibes and high fives! Open to the public All ages OK


Earth Day with Ole Bolle in Portland, OR

Sat April 20th 11am to 1pm

Arts and Crafts: Troll Cardboard Costume Making Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nordia House In honor of Earth Day, join us for this fun troll costume making activity. Thomas Dambo, the artist behind our own Ole Bolle encourages everyone to create art with used and recycled materials. We are taking inspiration from Dambo and hosting a fun cardboard troll costume workshop. This is the perfect family activity to kick off Earth Day!



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Geocache Adventure

Digital guide to the Trolls

Created in partnership with Geocaching HQ, the NW Trolls project is proud to offer six geocache adventures to help guide your troll journey. Each adventure includes one troll and ten additional objects of interest along the way.


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