Today, these counties respectively have the second and fifth largest percentages of Danish Americans in the United States.
There were 17,000 such immigrants, many of these settled in small farming communities in the Sanpete and Sevier counties.
Captained by the navigator and explorer, Jens Munk, the ships were searching for the Northwest Passage.
After sailing into Frobisher Bay and Ungava Bay, Munk eventually passed through Hudson Strait and reached Digges Island (at the northern tip of Quebec) on August 20.
They were called North Slesvigers, however, most of these Danes are recorded in the census statistics as immigrants from Germany rather than Denmark.
Most Danes who immigrated to the United States after 1865 did so for economic reasons.
According to the 2000 US Census Bureau, 33,400 people spoke Danish at home; that figure was down to 29,467 five years later (2005 American Community Survey), a decrease of about 11.8%.