About This Trip

with National Geographic Photographer, 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.

This tour is not yet confirmed. Pricing and itinerary will be confirmed later in 2019. To reserve your space on this tour, please complete the early registration form and submit your fully refundable $400 deposit. Once group air space is confirmed (approximately 8 months prior to your departure) and the 2020 trip is finalized and priced, we will send you our sign-up packet including a letter, the tour itinerary, terms and conditions, group travel insurance information, and a pamphlet outlining helpful hints for travel to Scandinavia. You will be asked to confirm your tour registration. You will then have two weeks to cancel; should you cancel, you will receive a full refund of your trip deposit.

Please note: upon acceptance of the confirmed itinerary and price, your deposit of $400 per person becomes non-refundable.

Dates & Prices

  • Jun 19 2020 to Jul 1 2020
  • ESTIMATED Price with air/taxes/fuel from $5895 Price is based on a minimum of 35 passengers. Price includes estimated 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
  • Single Room Supplement $950

Tour Information

Tour/Price Includes

  • Estimated 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

Arrive at Bergen Flesland Airport. Transfer to hotel. Balance of day free. Short walk to tram to ascend Mount Fløyen for dinner at Mt. Fløyen Restaurant. Overnight at Opus XVI Hotel.

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DAY 3: SUNDAY, JUNE 21 Bergen

Morning sightseeing tour includes a visit to Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s internationally-known composer, the late Edvard Grieg. Join Erika Skogg for a photo taking excursion around Bergen city center. Dinner at the Opus Restaurant, with an evening concert during dinner provided by Opus. After dinner, enjoy a photo talk by Morten Heiselberg, curator at University of Bergen. Overnight at hotel.

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DAY 4: MONDAY, JUNE 22 Bergen―Voss

Learn about Knud Knudsen, one of Norway’s first professional photographers and a pioneer within Norwegian photography at the “Across the West Exhibition” at Bryggen Museum. View a number of Knud Knudsen’s original albumen paper prints. Drive to Voss, a popular destination for all seasons of the year and is the capital of high-adventure sports. Overnight 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 in the historic dining room. Evening presentation about capturing the best landscape photos led by Erika Skogg.

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

Depart from Voss by train to Myrdal. Transfer to 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. Cruise the dramatic Aurlandfjord and Nærøyfjord to Gudvangen. Meet the motor coach in Gudvangen. Drive to Norheimsund. Be captivated by the charm of this special little town nestled along the Hardangerfjord. Overnight at the historic Sandven Hotel, which was built in 1858 with the architecture of Bergen as its influence. Dinner and evening conversation and sharing some of our first photos taken.

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DAY 6: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 Norheimsund

Visit Steindalsfossen, one of Norway’s most famous waterfalls. 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. Travel to the Hardanger Maritime Museum and see the Hardanger wooden boats. Meet the curator for a private tour and showing of Knud Knudsen’s work and the movie entitled “Album.” Dinner and overnight 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. Lunch 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 Edvard Grieg’s summer writing cabin. Grieg was a regular guest from 1877 to 1905. Dinner 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

Morning visit to famous Norwegian woodcarver Lars Stana with time to shop in his gallery just outside Tyssedal. Afterward, be inspired while viewing one of Norway’s most photographed waterfalls, Låtefoss. Tour the Norwegian Museum of Hydro Power and Industry in Tyssedal. 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. Knud 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. During lunch, learn about plans to showcase the story of Knudsen’s work in Odda. Then drive to the Tokheim farm where Knudsen grew up and nurtured his passion for apple farming. Meet Tokheim relatives and have time for photos from the exact locations as Knudsen took over 100 years ago. Return to Hotel Ullensvang for dinner and overnight.

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DAY 9: SATURDAY, JUNE 27 Lofthus―Dalen

Morning drive 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. Continue 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. Once in Dalen, time on own to shop in some of the town’s stores and to take photographs. Dinner and overnight at the historic and award-winning Dalen Hotel. 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. 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. In Rjukan, time permitting, 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. Following a coffee stop, proceed to Oslo. Dinner and overnight at the historic Holmenkollen Hotel, 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 own. Motor coach transfer back to Holmenkollen. Farewell dinner at the dining room in the Holmenkollen Hotel. 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).