About This Trip

with National Geographic Explorer, Erika Skogg

Join National Geographic Explorer and photography expert, Erika Skogg; Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum Development Officer, Kirsten Heine; and Brekke guide, Mari Anne Roppe and explore beautiful Norway, the country and homeland of the late Knud Knudsen, a pioneer within Norwegian photography and one of Norway’s first professional photographers.

Dates & Prices

  • Jun 19 2020 to Jul 1 2020
  • Price with air/taxes/fuel from $5895 Price is based on a minimum of 35 tour participants. Price includes airfare from Mpls/St. Paul plus taxes/fees and fuel surcharge. Unless paid in full, fuel and all taxes are subject to change and will be re-assessed in your statement prior to final
  • Land Only from $4895 Services begin in Bergen and end in Oslo
  • Single Room Supplement $950

Tour Information

Tour/Price Includes

  • Roundtrip airfare from Mpls / St. Paul, including taxes, fees & fuel surcharge
  • 12 nights accommodations, double occupancy, with private facilities
  • Daily breakfast [B], 3 lunches [L] and 11 dinners [D]
  • 1st-class touring coach, train & ferries per itinerary
  • City sightseeing in Bergen and Oslo
  • Entrance fees to all sites including: Hardanger Maritime Museum, Baroniet Rosendal, Kraftmuseet, Vest-Telemark Eidsborg, Hardangervidda National Park Center, Norsk Industriarbeidermuseum, Heddal Stave Church, Troldhaugen & Viking Ship Museum
  • Luggage handling at hotels for 1 suitcase (subject to availability)
  • Tour Director for Days 2 - 13

Disclaimer

Please read Brekke's Terms and Conditions for this tour carefully before registering.

Tour Map

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: FRIDAY, JUNE 19 Mpls/St. Paul—Bergen

Depart on your transatlantic flight. To request alternate dates or for estimated airfare supplements from other US cities, please note on application.

DAY 2: SATURDAY, JUNE 20 Bergen

Early afternoon arrival in Bergen. Motor coach transfer to the newly opened Opus XVI Hotel. This hotel is designed and owned by descendants of Norway’s most esteemed composer, Edvard Grieg. This historic hotel, once a bank, is a stunning showcase in the Bergen city-center. A short walk to the tram and we will ascend Mount Fløyen, a not-to-be-missed landmark of Bergen. Take in the majestic city views of Bergen. We will enjoy dinner as a group in the Mt. Fløyen Restaurant.

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DAY 3: SUNDAY, JUNE 21 Bergen

Morning sightseeing tour includes a visit to Grieg’s home, Troldhaugen. Upon returning to the city center, we will walk to see the location of the first studio and home of Knud Knudsen, one of Norway’s first professional photographers. Lunch on your own at the Bergen Fish Market. After lunch, join Erika Skogg for a photo taking excursion around Bergen city center. Dinner as a group in the Opus Restaurant, with an evening concert during dinner provided by Opus. After dinner, enjoy a photo talk with Morten Heiselberg, curator at University of Bergen.

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DAY 4: MONDAY, JUNE 22 Bergen―Voss

Learn about the Knud Knudsen collection housed at the University of Bergen from the curator of the collection. Depart via motor coach for the breathtaking city of Voss. Voss is a popular destination for all seasons of the year and is the capital of high-adventure sports. This scenic 1.5-hour drive to Voss will offer some of the most quintessential sights of Norway. We will stay at the historic Fleischer’s Hotel. The Fleischer’s Hotel was opened in 1879. This beautiful wooden palace quickly became one of the best in the land and this “Norwegian-French castle is known for caring for its guests.” Dinner as a group in the historic dining room. Evening presentation led by Erika Skogg: Capturing the best landscape photos.

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DAY 5: TUESDAY, JUNE 23 Voss―Flåm―Norheimsund

Enjoy the famous “Norway in a Nutshell” excursion, one of Norway’s premiere sight-seeing adventures offering fjords, mountains, and valleys. Depart from Voss by train to Myrdal, where we will change cars and board the historic Flåm Railway Line. This is deemed by some as the most fantastic ride in all of Europe. Descend into the Flåm Valley, dropping 2800 feet within 13 short miles. Lunch will be on your own. There are several cafe’s and shops in Flåm. Next we will cruise the dramatic Aurlandfjord and Nærøyfjord to Gudvangen. Meet our motor coach in Gudvangen. We will travel onto Norheimsund. Be captivated by the charm of this special little town nestled along the Hardangerfjord. We will be staying in the historic Sandven Hotel, which was built in 1858 with the architecture of Bergen as its influence. This was originally a farm, next a general store and guesthouse, but then fell into disrepair. In 1990, the Sandven Cultural Hotel Foundation began restoration. As a result, the hotel is once again the center of the community. Dinner in the gorgeous dining room overlooking the water as a group. Evening conversation and sharing of photos.

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DAY 6: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 Norheimsund

Visit Steindalsfossen, one of Norway’s most famous waterfalls, which was also photographed by Knudsen many times. Here, you can even walk behind the rushing waters of the falls. Travel onto Steinstø, a favorite local fruit farm. Meet owners, brother Ole and sister Heidi to learn about apple farming today. Enjoy coffee and Heidi’s famous apple cake. There will be time for touring the orchards and taking photos of the fruit trees, just like Knudsen. Travel to the Hardanger Maritime Museum and see the Hardanger wooden boats that Knudsen used for travel and photographed. Knudsen once wrote a letter to his sister back in Tokheim, that it took him 4 days to row from Tokheim to Bergen. At the museum, we will also meet the curator Randi Bartveit for a private tour and showing of Knudsen’s work and the movie entitled “Album.” Dinner as a group at the Sandven Hotel. Join us for an evening presentation about capturing people in your travel photos and hear about Erika’ Skogg’s National Geographic work focused on Scandinavian-American culture.

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DAY 7: THURSDAY, JUNE 25 Norheimsund―Lofthus

Depart for the Baroniet Rosendal, a beautiful estate dating back to 1658. With magnificent gardens and fairy-tale buildings, Knudsen spent much time at the estate taking photographs that showcased the beauty of the estate. Lunch as a group at the estate café. Depart for Lofthus and the historic Hotel Ullensvang. The Hotel Ullensvang in one of Norway’s true gems right in “Norway’s orchard” with over 550,000 fruit trees along the shores of the Hardangerfjord. The hotel was founded in 1846 and has been owned and operated by the Utne family throughout its history. Its historic beauty is only matched by its stunning modern amenities, including an indoor/outdoor pool situated along the fjord, spa, and gift store. On the hotel grounds, visit Grieg’s summer writing cabin. Grieg was a regular guest from 1877 to 1905. Dinner as a group in the gourmet dining room. Be greeted by the owners and learn about the hotel’s rich history.

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DAY 8: FRIDAY, JUNE 26 Lofthus

We will travel to visit a famous Norwegian woodcarver Lars Stana and have time to shop in his gallery just outside Tyssedal. Afterward, be inspired while viewing one of Norway’s most photographed waterfalls, Låtefoss which was also frequently photographed by Knudsen. Tour the Norwegian Museum of Hydro Power and Industry in Tyssedal to see more of Knudsen’s work, as well as his camera, glass plates, and a captivating movie featuring his work. This museum expertly tells the history of hydro-electric power and industrialization arriving in the region. Lunch at the Historic Tyssedal Hotel in the salon where English and French industrial pioneers once made business negotiations. This special room also features paintings of Nils Bergslien (1853-1928) who painted for room and board in his own unique style that portrays the convergence of the old and new age that was coming to the Hardanger region. We will be joined by Tokheim relatives and city officials from Odda and regional cultural officials who will meet us to share their plans to showcase the story of Knudsen’s work in Odda. Knudsen photographed many people and scenes of life on farms in Norway in the late 1800’s. Often these were the photographs that he sold as souvenir photos for tourists. We will then take the motor coach to the Tokheim farm where Knudsen grew up and nurtured his passion for apple trees and apple farming. Meet Tokheim relatives and have time for photos from the exact locations as Knudsen took over 100 years ago. Today, on the Tokheim farm, they grow over 1,500 apple trees. Apples from the Tokheim farm are coveted and so special that they are often sold individually in the markets. Return to Hotel Ullensvang for dinner and overnight.

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DAY 9: SATURDAY, JUNE 27 Lofthus―Dalen

Travel by motor coach to the quaint town of Dalen in Telemark. You will not want to miss the scenery highlighting Norway’s mountains, fjords, and forests. Stop in Vinje at the charming one-of-a-kind family bakery Mjonøy, set amongst the historic buildings. Opportunity to purchase coffee and treats. Travel to the famed Ravensgorge, one of the most unique natural wonders in Norway. At the top of the mountain gorge, you can send a paper message with a wish or money, and have it soar back to you. Knudsen traveled to Telemark to photograph this wonder. Once in Dalen, you will have time to shop in some of the town’s stores and to take photographs. We will stay at the historic and award-winning Dalen Hotel. Gourmet dinner in the dining room. Opportunity for sharing of photographs with personal critiques and suggestions by Erika Skogg.

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DAY 10: SUNDAY, JUNE 28 Dalen―Rjukan

Depart for the Eidsborg Stavkirke and the West Telemark Museum, featuring over 30 outdoor buildings including the oldest stabbur in Norway dating to 1167. This museum also features a working replica of the Telemark Canal. We will travel to the internationally acclaimed Hardangervidda National Park Center. This museum features exhibitions about reindeer and their habitat. Lunch upon arrival with greeting by Director Per Lykke. This museum is a cooperative partner with Vesterheim. In Rjukan, time permitting, we may be able to enjoy some Norwegian folk dancing and folk music, singers, accordionists, fiddlers, who are participating in “Landskappleiken,” an annual 5-day festival/competition. Overnight and dinner at Rjukan at the Gaustablikk Høyfjellshotell. Evening lecture at hotel by a local silversmith.

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DAY 11: MONDAY, JUNE 29 Rjukan―Oslo

Morning visit to Vemork, the hydroelectric power plant, where the Nazis produced “heavy water” for their atomic bomb experiments. Lunch on own in Rjukan with shopping opportunity for silver jewelry. Enroute to Oslo stop in Notodden to take in the beauty of the famous Heddal Stave Church, which was built in 1242. This is the largest and best preserved of the wooden churches in Norway featuring 3 spires and 3 naves. This is still the main church for the region. Knudsen took several photos of this stavkirke. Following a coffee stop, proceed to Oslo. Dinner and overnight at the historic Holmenkollen Hotel, which Knudsen photographed. Holmenkollen Park Hotel is “a fairy tale castle overlooking the city.” In 1935, a travel brochure is quoted as saying “the Hotel is one of Oslo’s finest views. From its balconies, one can see the city and surroundings, with the fjord and forest-clad hillsides.” This was first built in 1890 as a health retreat by Dr. Holm. It burned and in 1896 it was rebuilt. Today, the hotel has been meticulously restored and stands as one of Norway’s finest. Dinner at the famed Frognerseter Restaurant.

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DAY 12: TUESDAY, JUNE 30 Oslo

Morning sightseeing tour of Oslo includes a visit to the Viking Ship Museum and Vigeland Park with time for photographing these iconic landmarks. Remainder of the day for shopping and taking photographs of the city center. Lunch on your own. Motor coach transfer back to Holmenkollen. Farewell dinner at the dining room in the Holmenkollen Hotel. We will have a final tour photograph showcase highlighting some of our favorite photos and memories of the tour.

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DAY 13: WEDNESDAY, JULY 1 Oslo―Depart

Tour ends following breakfast. Transfer to Oslo Gardermoen Airport for return flight. Longer stays may be requested upon registration for a minimum charge of $150.

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Pre-Tour Extensions

  • Scandinavian Cruises

    Norwegian Coastal Voyage - 6 Day Southbound Cruise

    The northern shores of Norway offer spectacular scenery, including Finnmark’s wide plains, the North Cape and the Vesterålen and Lofoten Islands. As you cross the Polar Circle, the climate and landscapes become milder, but none the less impressive.

  • Pre & Post Tour Extensions

    Stavanger - Bergen Extension

    Enjoy two nights in Stavanger, a cruise on the Lysefjord and a cruise to Bergen for the start of your escorted tour.

Post-Tour Extensions

  • Pre & Post Tour Extensions

    Oslo - Copenhagen Extension

    This 4-day package between Oslo and Copenhagen features an overnight cruise between the two Scandinavian capitals. Add this to your Scandinavian escorted tour as a pre- or post-tour package.

    Itinerary can be reversed (Copenhagen to Oslo).

  • Pre & Post Tour Extensions

    Oslo - Stockholm Extension

    This 3-day package between Oslo and Stockholm is the perfect extension to your Scandinavian escorted tour as a pre- or post-tour package.

    Itinerary can be reversed (Stockholm to Oslo).