About This Trip

An adventure to NORTHERN NORWAY and opportunity to run in the TROMSØ MIDNIGHT SUN MARATHON

Once a year hundreds of runners from around the world flock to Tromso, Norway for a marathon experience unlike any other. The Midnight Sun Marathon starts at 9pm where for two months from May to July, the sun never sets in this part of the world. Runners race through the city center of Tromsø and across the "Tromsøbrua" bridge, that connects the town with the mainland.

Racing beneath the Midnight sun, I felt connected with nature and at one with this incredible phenomenon. Unlike many loud and rowdy races in the U.S., the Midnight Sun Marathon was peaceful and at times relatively quiet, except for the local Norwegians who would step outside their homes to bang instruments and cheer me on as I ran by, creating an authentic cultural experience I wouldn't have traded for even thousands of screaming fans. By Lauren Fern Watt

Dates & Prices

  • Jun 18 2019 to Jun 29 2019
  • Price with air/taxes/fuel from $4795 Price based on minimum of 25 passengers. 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 payment.
  • Land Only: $3895 Services begin in Tromsø and end in Bergen. Includes domestic airfare from Tromsø to Oslo.
  • Single Room Supplement $775

Tour Information

Tour/Price Includes

  • Roundtrip airfare from Minneapolis/St.Paul including taxes, fees & fuel surcharge
  • Domestic flight Tromsø to Oslo, including taxes and fees
  • 10 nights accommodations 1st class/superior tourist – double occupancy
  • Daily breakfast [B] and 4 dinners [D]
  • 1st-class touring coach
  • Sightseeing in Tromsø, Oslo and Bergen with local guide
  • Train: Flåm to Voss, 2nd class
  • 3 hour rafting adventure in Voss
  • Entrance to Polaria, Viking Ship Museum, Valdres Folk Museum and Borgund Stave Church
  • Ferries and entrance fees to all sites & museums outlined in itinerary
  • Luggage handling at hotels for 1 suitcase (subject to availability)
  • Guiding services of Frode Tilden
  • Tour information kit

Disclaimer

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

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Tuesday, June 18 Mpls/St. Paul – Oslo - Tromsø

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

Day 2: Wednesday, June 19 Tromsø

Arrive Oslo and transfer on a domestic flight to exciting Tromsø, “the Capital of the Arctic”. Balance of day free to relax and adjust to time change. Transfer to the Clarion Edge for dinner and overnight.

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Day 3: Thursday, June 20 Tromsø

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a 2 ½ hr morning walking tour. Visit the Polar Museum. Enroute pass the statue of Roald Amundsen, the hunting monument and the market square, where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Arctic Cathedral. Visit Polaria, an Arctic aquarium along with a panoramic cinema featuring “Svalbard-Artic Wilderness” and “Northern Lights in Arctic Norway”. The tour ends at the Beer Hall, Tromsø’s oldest pub, which was a popular meeting place for fishermen, hunters and polar explorers. Here you will taste beer from the world’s northernmost brewery, Mack, while one of the locals tells stories about the old days. Balance of day free. Overnight at hotel.

[B]
Day 4: Friday, June 21 Tromsø

Day free for independent activities. Overnight at hotel.

Optional Activities in Tromsø
- Tromsø Beer Safari: taste your way through Tromsø's best brews
- Hiking with Huskies: experience Norway's great outdoors in the company of Alaskan huskies
- Polar Fishing Adventure: led by a group of local fishermen, go fishing in the best spots around Tromsø
- Fjord Adventure RIB Cruise: get up close with local wildlife such as whales, porpoises, sea eagles, seals and birds in the waters surrounding Tromsø
- Midnight Sun Kayaking: enjoy the midnight sun on a guided summer evening kayak trip from Tromsø

[B]
Day 5: Saturday, June 22 Tromsø

Day free for independent activities or you may choose to participate in the Tromsø Marathon. Registration fees not included. Overnight at hotel.

[B]
Day 6: Sunday, June 23 Tromsø - Oslo

Transfer to airport for flight to Oslo. Transfer to hotel in downtown Oslo. Balance of day free. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at Scandic Victoria Hotel.

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Day 7, Monday, June 24 Oslo

Three-hour morning sightseeing tour of Oslo with local guide includes Vigeland Park, Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Viking Ship Museum. Balance of day free. Overnight at hotel.

[B]
Day 8: Tuesday, June 25 Oslo - Flåm

Depart by coach for Norway’s fjord country. Drive the lush and beautiful Valdres Valley, ancestral home of your tour guide. Visit Frode’s family farm. In Fagernes, tour the Valdres Folk Museum. Proceed to Borgund. Tour the Borgund Stave Church, one of the best preserved of Norway’s remaining stave churches. Continue to Lærdal and through the world’s 2nd longest tunnel to (approx. 15 miles) to Aurland. Overnight at Flåmsbrygga Hotel.

[B]
Day 9: Wednesday, June 26 Flåm

Morning drive to Stegastein Viewpoint, offering magnificent views of the fjord country. Balance of day free for a variety of optional activities. Overnight at Flåmsbrygga Hotel. Dinner at Aegir, one of Norway’s best craft breweries, housed in a building inspired by Norse mythology, with the exterior reminiscent of a stave church.

Optional activities in Flåm: Price to be advised.
- Bike from Finse to Flåm through the high mountain pass
- Kayaking on the Aurlandfjord
- Hiking trip to Brekke Waterfall
- Hike the Flåm Valley
- Bike rental in Flåm
- Fjord Safari on a RIB (rigid inflatable boat)

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Day 10: Thursday, June 27 Flåm - Voss - Bergen

Board the Flåm Railway, one of the top 20 train rides in Europe. Ascend the wild Flåm Valley to Myrdal. Change to the Oslo/Bergen Railway and continue to Voss. Enjoy a rafting adventure before departing by coach to Bergen. Overnight at Clarion Admiral Hotel.

[B]
Day 11: Friday, June 28 Bergen

Two-hour morning walking tour of beautiful Bergen with local guide. Balance of day free for explorations. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

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Day 12: Saturday, June 29 Bergen - Depart

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

[B]

Post-Tour Extensions

  • Independent Tours

    Bergen - Stavanger Extension

    Explore historic Bergen, before cruising south to the charming city of Stavanger. Enjoy a fjord cruise past the famous Pulpit Rock on this 3-day extension package.

    Itinerary can be reversed (Stavanger to Bergen)

  • Pre & Post Tour Extensions

    Bergen - Trondheim Extension

    Explore historic Bergen, the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund, the Jazz Festival town of Molde and the spectacular Geirangerfjord. End your journey with an optional tour of Trondheim including the magnificent Nidaros Cathedral.