About This Trip

Join Bygdelagenes Fellesraad and Norwegians Worldwide on a tour of the Southern part of Norway including a variety of historical sites and museums from the Viking age until today

Bygdelagenes Fellesraad and Norwegians Worldwide are cooperatively planning this tour of the Southern part of Norway including a variety of historical sites and museums from the Viking age until today. Visit sites and museums relating to Vikings, mining, art, music, fishing, porcelain, coastline challenges, interesting road design, oil industry, fjords, and various transportation systems.

Dates & Prices

  • May 12 2019 to May 24 2019
  • Price with air/taxes/fuel from $4895 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 reassessed in your statement prior to final payment. Inquire about airfare from your home city.
  • Land Only from $3995 Services begin in Oslo and end in Bergen
  • Single Room Supplement $745

Tour Information

Tour/Price Includes

  • Roundtrip airfare from Mpls / St. Paul, including taxes, fees & fuel surcharge
  • 11 nights accommodations, double occupancy, with private facilities
  • Daily breakfast [B], 2 lunches [L] and 9 dinners [D]
  • 1st-class touring coach, train & ferries per itinerary
  • City sightseeing in Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger and special arrangements in Arendal with Jorunn Raddum and Per Dag Hole
  • Entrance fees to Vigeland Museum, Norwegian Folk Museum, Norwegian Mining Museum, Midgard Historical Center, Edvard Munch Museum, Sandefjord Museum, Porcelain Museum, Ibsen House, Norwegian Petroleum Museum, Voss Folk Museum & Voss Church
  • 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 Itinerary

Day 1: Sunday, May 12 Mpls/St. Paul―Oslo

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

Day 2: Monday, May 13 Oslo

Arrive at Gardermoen Airport Oslo. Transfer to hotel. Balance of day free to adjust to time change or visit the main Deichman Library independently. Welcome dinner and overnight at the Grand Hotel.

[D]
Day 3: Tuesday, May 14 Oslo

Morning sightseeing tour (8:30-12:30pm) features the Norwegian Folk Museum and Frogner Park, featuring the works of Norway’s sculptor, Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). The tour also includes the Vigeland Museum located in the studio and home of the famous sculptor. Balance of day free for independent explorations. Dinner on own. (Option: Riksarkivet is open until 5:30 on Tuesday.)

[B]
Day 4: Wednesday, May 15 Oslo―Åsgårdstrand

Drive to Kongsberg. Visit the Norwegian Mining Museum with a local guide. Pending availability tour the Kongsberg Church, one of two monumental churches from the 1700’s and Norway’s largest baroque church. Drive by statsarkiv enroute to Borre. Learn about the Viking Age at the Midgard Historical Center, located next to Northern Europe’s largest assembly of monumental grave mounds from the Germanic Iron Age and the Viking Age. The burial mounds in Borre constitute one of Norway’s most important national heritage sites, as it was a place of power and influence in Europe during the Viking Age. Continue to charming Åsgårdstrand. Dinner and overnight at the Grand Hotel.

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Day 5: Thursday, May 16 Åsgårdstrand―Arendal

Morning tour of the first home owned by Norway’s internationally-known painter, Edvard Munch. Some of his most famous paintings are depicting the local area, including the “Girls on the Bridge”. Continue along the coast passing Tønsberg, Norway’s oldest city and on to Sandefjord, the whaling capital of Norway. Visit the Sandefjord Museum, dedicated to the whaling industry. It is the only specialized museum on the subject of whales and whaling in Europe. Proceed to Porsgrunn. Tour the Porcelain Museum (Porselensmuseet). The gift store offers designer items such as porcelain, jewelry and textiles. Drive to the lively port city of Arendal, once recognized as a major shipping center with numerous wealthy shipowners. A great many of Americans in New York City and the surrounding areas (Brooklyn, Port Richmond (Staten Island) and at industrial centers in northern New Jersey) who claim Norwegian ancestry, can trace their roots to Arendal. Dinner and overnight at the Clarion Hotel Tyholmen.

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Day 6: Friday, May 17 Arendal Syttende Mai

Hurra for den 17. mai! Independent participation in local festivities. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 7: Saturday, May 18 Arendal

Sightseeing in local area with Jorunn Raddum and Per Dag Hole. Dinner. Overnight at hotel.

[B][D]
Day 8: Sunday, May 19 Arendal―Kristiansand

Proceed to the maritime town of Grimstad, where we find scores of yachts in the harbor. At the beginning of the 19th century, the town had no fewer than
40 shipyards and carried on a lucrative import-export trade with France. It was here where Henrik Ibsen worked as an apprentice pharmacist for 6 years. Tour the Ibsen House/Grimstad By Museum which holds the largest collection of Ibsen memorabilia in Norway. Enroute to Kristiansand lunch on own at the Randesund Gift and Candlemaking Shop. Sightseeing upon arrival in Kristiansand includes a drive-by of statsarkiv. Dinner. Overnight at Thon Hotel
Kristiansand.

[B][D]
Day 9: Monday, May 20 Kristiansand―Stavanger

Travel the North Sea Scenic Highway, the link between Southern and Western Norway. The coast has some of the finest and longest beaches in Norway. At Hå, the road runs only a few feet from the open sea and pebble beach. The play of light and color, land and sea has been an inspiration and motivation to a number of artists who live in this area. Enroute to Stavanger, we pass through Jæren, one of Norway’s leading agricultural districts. Sightseeing upon arrival in Stavanger includes a visit to the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Dinner and overnight at Clarion Hotel Stavanger.

[B][D]
Day 10: Tuesday, May 21 Stavanger―Lofthus

Drive the underwater tunnels from Randaberg to Rennesøy. Ferry from Mortavika to Arsvågen. Proceed to Ølen. Visit a local rosemaling artist. Light lunch (sandwich) before continuing to Lofthus, located in the heart of Norway’s cherry, apple and pear orchards. Dinner and overnight at the exquisite Hotel Ullensvang along the beautiful Sørfjord (mountain view rooms).

[B][L][D]
Day 11: Wednesday, May 22 Lofthus―Voss―Bergen

Cross the Eidfjord on the Hardanger Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Norway. Proceed to Voss. Tour the Voss Folk Museum and learn about building traditions from 1500 to 1920, as well as way of life long ago. Visit the beautiful Voss stone church built in 1277. Lunch at the historic Fleischer’s Hotel. Proceed to Bergen for overnight at Opus Hotel.

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Day 12: Thursday, May 23 Bergen

Day free in Bergen or choose one of the following independent options. Farewell dinner. Overnight at hotel. Optional independent day excursions based on public transportation:
• Concert at Troldhaugen with lunch on own: $25
• Norway in a Nutshell (train from Bergen to Flåm, cruise, public bus to Voss and train back to Bergen with independent transfers between hotel and train station): $225

[B][D]
Day 13: Friday, May 24 Bergen―Depart

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

[B]

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