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Highlights of Norway

Highlights of Norway

See the best of Norway: Oslo, Bergen, Flam, Loen, a Viking Ship Museum, Fjords, Borgund Stav Church, Flam Railway, Birksdal Glacier, Fjord Cruise, Waterfalls, Glaciers, Sognefjord, Midnight Sun and More!

Highlights of Norway

  • Van Galder Tour & Travel / Collette

  • Ja! Ja! Fjords, Midnight Sun, Vikings and More!

  • May 15-23, 2020

 

May just might just be the perfect time to visit Norway ... the days are long, the temperatures are mild, the blossoms are in full color and you will be a bit ahead of the major summer crowds!  Join us for this fantastic and exciting tour. Come witness the best of Norway! 

Day 1

Overnight Flight - Chicago to Oslo:
Begin your journey to a land of mountains, glacial fjords, legends and charming people. Dive into the culture of the region, connecting with layers of Viking history, attention-grabbing nature, and a sense of refined traditions

Day 2

Oslo:
The grand capital. An up-and-coming foodie destination combining classic tastes with modern twists. Meet fellow travelers for a hearty and delicious welcome dinner.

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Day 3

Oslo: Join a local Oslo guide and begin the day at the mighty Viking Ship Museum, where three ancient vessels are on grand display. Venture down Karl Johan Street passing by iconic buildings such as the Royal Palace and City Hall as you take in the heart of downtown Oslo. Make your way to Vigeland Park, home to a collection of statues and sculptures that the legandary artist Gustav Vigeland constructed during his life. Afternoon free time allows you to discover more of Oslo on your own or just relax.

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Day 4

Oslo - Flam:
Heading North of Norway's capital, enter the majestic and unique landscape of the fjord region. Visit the Borgund Stav Church, an awe-inspiring building built in honor of the Apostle Andrew in 1180. Continue to the quaint village of Flam, gateway to the grandeur of Aurlandsfjord. Travel aboard the Flam Railway, one of the steepest train rides in the world, and climb 3,000 feet past rushing waterfalls, looming mountains and picturesque valleys. Admire the scenery along the mountain plateau of Myrdal before descending into the fjord of Flam.

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Day 5

Flam - Loen:
Immerse yourself in the striking nature of the Sognefjord, before traversing the Briksdal Glacier. Surrounded by thundering waterfalls and towering mountains, the glacier is considered to be one of the most awe-inspiring in all of Norway! Climb the glacier in a "troll" car (open-air vehicle) and arrive for a relaxing stay in Loen, a welcoming village situated in the heart of Norway's fjord region.

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Day 6

Loen-Geiranger-Fjord Cruise-Loen:
Soak up the mesmerizing landscape on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise in Geiranger (a UNESCO World Heritage site). Discover Norway's mightiest waterfalls - the Seven Sisters, The Bridal Veil, and the Suitor. Marvel at the homesteads built along the steep sides of the mountains, where farmland has endured for centuries.

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Day 7

Loen - Bergen:
Travel to Bergen, the portal from the fjords. The Bergen of today - charming, old-world, and scenic - is much different from when it was founded by the legendary Viking warriors of the past. Enjoy a free evening to discover Bergen at your leisure.

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Day 8

Bergen:
Stroll along the historic and iconic Bryggen harbor front (UNESCO) on a guided walking tour of Bergen. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before reuniting with your fellow travelers at an atmospheric farewell dinner in the historic Bryggen neighborhood, home to pleasant little houses stacked side-by-side against the harbor.

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Day 9

Bergen -Chicago - Home Cities
Say "ha det" to Norway and depart for home with incredible memories of your adventures.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

DEPOSIT: $500 at time of reservation; final payment due March 6, 2020. Once payments have been received stringent cancellation penalities apply.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: Overnight flight (1 night); Hotel Bristol, Oslo (2 nights); Fretheim Hotel, Flam (1 night); Alexandra Hotel, Loen (2 nights); Scandic Neptun, Bergen (1 night).

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS: Collette tour director, roundtrip motorcoach / airport / resort transfers, roundtrip air, luggage handling at hotels, admissions/attractions and 12 meals, including 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Optional, but highly recommended. Available at booking for $315/person.

 

PASSPORT REQUIRED: Passport required for this tour at your expense. Passport must be valid for six months upon departure from Bergen, Norway. You are stongly urged to visit www.travel.state.gov for the latest details on passport requirements.

 

ACTIVITY LEVEL 3 / HEAVY WALKING: Physical stamina required. Stair climbing, longer periods of walking and/or standing may be involved, along with higher elevations and longer days.  Participants must be able to keep up with the group. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and some leisure time.

 

ADDITIONAL FEES: Airline luggage fees and fuel surcharges (if applicable) are additional and vary by airline. 

 

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:

Bergen, Norway - The Tastes of Bergen - $80 USD per person. Call for details.

 

4 Days 3-Night Post Tour Extension - $899 USD per person, double, land only, airfare not included. Please inquire for air rate at time of booking. 3 breakfasts included. Call for tour details.

 

4 Days 2-night Stockholm Pre Tour Extension - $879 USD per person, double, land & air inclusive. 2 breakfasts included. Call for tour details.

 

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Janesville, WI Van Galder Terminal
3120 N. Pontiac Dr., Janesville WI
Madison, WI Dutch Mill Park & Ride
46 Collins Ct, Hwy 51 & Broadway, Madison WI
Rockford, IL Van Galder Terminal
7559 Walton St., Rockford IL
South Beloit, IL Fas Mart/McDonald's ($3 per day)
Hwy 75 and I90, South Beloit IL
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