About This Trip

Join Telelag of America and explore Norway’s most beautiful landscapes, historic cities, and world heritage sites.

Join Telelag of America and explore some of Norway’s most beautiful landscapes, historic cities, and world heritage sites including Trondheim, Lillehammer, Fagernes, Rjukan, Vrådal, Skien and Oslo.

Dates & Prices

  • Guaranteed Departure:
    Jul 27 2020 to Aug 9 2020
  • Price with air/taxes/fuel from $4300 Price is based on a minimum of 27 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 from $3300 Services begin in Trondheim and end in Oslo.
  • Single Room Supplement $695

Tour Information

Tour/Price Includes

  • Roundtrip airfare from Mpls/St. Paul, on Icelandair, including taxes, fees & fuel surcharge
  • 12 nights standard accommodations, double occupancy, with private facilities
  • Daily breakfast [B], 3 lunches [L] and 9 dinners [D], including special arrangements with Anne Underberg and tea/cakes at Dalen Hotel
  • 1st-class touring coach, train & ferries per itinerary
  • City sightseeing in Trondheim and Oslo
  • Entrance fees to all sites including: Nidarosdomen, Maihaugen, Anno Domkirkeodden, Fjellhallen, Tinn Håndverksenter, Vemork, Norwegian Ski Center, Kviteseid Bygdetun, Vest-Telemark Museum, Henrik Ibsen Museum, Porcelain Museum & Viking Ship Museum
  • Luggage handling at hotels for 1 suitcase (subject to availability)
  • Tour Director (Elaine Nordlie) for Days 2 - 14

Disclaimer

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

Tour Map

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Monday, July 27 Mpls/St. Paul―Trondheim

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

Day 2: Tuesday, July 28 Trondheim

Arrive at Værnes Airport Trondheim. Transfer to hotel. Balance of day free to relax and adjust to time change. Dinner and overnight at Scandic Nidelven Hotel. Private meeting room on request.

[D]
Day 3: Wednesday, July 29 Trondheim

Four-hour morning sightseeing tour includes the magnificent Nidaros Cathedral along with the Archbishop’s Palace Museum and Norwegian Crown Regalia. Balance of day free. Dinner on own. Overnight at hotel.

[B]
Day 4: Thursday, July 30 Trondheim―Lillehammer

Depart for Oppdal, crossing the Dovre Mountains to Dombås. Lunch on own with short stop at the Memorial Park erected in memory of those who gave their lives in World War II. Continue through the Gudbrandsdal Valley to Lillehammer. Dinner and overnight at the Scandic Lillehammer Hotel.

[B][D]
Day 5: Friday, July 31 Lillehammer

Morning tour of Maihaugen, Norway’s largest open-air museum outside of Oslo. Maihaugen offers more than 200 buildings from different eras, superb cultural experiences, a variety of activities for children and adults, numerous exhibitions and several places to eat. Time for independent explorations. Following lunch on own at Maihaugen, view the sites of the 1994 Winter Olympics. Afternoon free for shopping or possible independent visits to the home of Sigrid Undset. Dinner on own. Overnight at hotel.

[B]
Day 6: Saturday, August 1 Lillehammer―Fagernes

Travel to Hamar. Tour the unique Glass Cathedral, an architectural and technological masterpiece created to protect cathedral ruins from the Middle Ages, at Domkirkeodden. Sail across Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake, from Hamar to Gjøvik (depart at 11:15am; arrive Gjøvik at 12:30pm) on the historic paddle wheel steamer, Skibladner. In Gjøvik, tour the Olympic Hockey Arena, built inside of a mountain for the 1994 Winter Olympics. Proceed to Dokka and Fagernes. Dinner and overnight at Scandic Valdres.

[B][D]
Day 7: Sunday, August 2 Fagernes―Rjukan

Drive to Gol and Geilo and proceed south on #40 through Skurdalen to upper Uvdal. At Bjørkeflåta, drive south through Tessungdalen to Austbygde. Stop at Atrå Church and the Håndverkssenter in Tinn with works by local Telemark artisans. Overnight at Gaustablikk Mountain Hotel. Prior to dinner at hotel, enjoy a presentation by a local silversmith.

[B][D]
Day 8: Monday, August 3 Excursion in area

Depart for Vemork, the hydroelectric power plant, where the Nazis produced “heavy water” for their atomic bomb experiments. Learn about the Germany occupation of Norway during WWII. Drive to Rjukan. Visit Silversmith Sando and lunch on own. Continue to Skinnarbu. Telelag has made special arrangements at Hardangervidda National Park Center for a tour, dinner and a cultural evening. Return to Gaustablikk for overnight.

Activity Option: Saboteur Hike - Instead of visit to Vemork, enjoy a 2-3 hour one-way hike (easy hiking) in the Hardanger Plateau to the Saboteur’s cabin - $50 per person (minimum 10 participants) includes lunch pack from the hotel and a local guide will provide stories enroute. Duration: 6 to 8 hours total.

[B][D]
Day 9: Tuesday, August 4 Rjukan―Vrådal

Drive to Hjartdal. In Flatdal, enjoy lunch at Nutheim Gjestgiveri where a speaker will provide the history about “Farmers’ Revolt.” Continue to Seljord and Morgedal. Tour the Ski Adventure Museum. Proceed to Vrådal for dinner and overnight at Straand Hotel.

[B][L][D]
Day 10: Wednesday, August 5 Excursion in area

Following breakfast, tour the Kviteseid Bygdetun. Continue to Vest-Telemark Museum. Lunch on own at the museum. Guided tour includes visit to Eidsborg Church followed by a drive (or optional one-hour hike) to the historic Dalen Hotel for afternoon coffee, tea and cakes. Dinner and overnight at Straand Hotel.

[B][D]
Day 11: Thursday, August 6 Vrådal―Skien

Our route takes us to Åmot, Seljord, Bø, and in Gvarv, we stop for lunch (as per own arrangements) with Anne Underberg (expert on lefse baking + other treats). At Ulefoss, view the Vrangfoss locks, part of the Bandak Canal, the 60+mile stretch of waterway between Skien and Dalen completed in 1892. Continue to Skien. Guided tour of Venstøp, Henrik Ibsen’s childhood home or an optional visit to Brekke Park. Dinner and overnight at Thon Hotel Høyers.

[B][L][D]
Day 12: Friday, August 7 Skien―Oslo

Drive to Porsgrunn. Tour the Porsgrund Porcelain Factory. Light lunch and shopping at the factory prior to departing for Oslo. Upon arrival in Oslo, tour the exquisite Oslo Opera House. Balance of afternoon and evening on own. Overnight at Scandic Victoria.

[B][L]
Day 13: Saturday, August 8 Oslo

Four-hour sightseeing with local city guide includes Vigeland Park, a photo stop at Holmenkollen Ski Jump and the Viking Ship Museum. Tour concludes on Bygdøy, which provides an opportunity to visit the Fram and/or Kon-tiki Museum. Balance of afternoon free. Farewell dinner at hotel.

[B][D]
Day 14: Sunday, August 9 Oslo―Depart

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

[B]