Tour Guide: Knut Werner-Hagen
Tour Leader: Michelle Whitehill
On this tour Vesterheim added it’s special touch to the Hurtigruten’s classic Norwegian coastal voyage to make an unforgettable travel experience. The tour was so popular, we had to add a second one. With the help of tour guide, Knut Werner Hagen, every day of this incredible trip was filled with one-of-a-kind opportunities to explore Norway and see breathtaking scenery, both on land and at sea. Knut shared his knowledge and respect for the beauty and history of his beloved Norway throughout the entire tour. Beginning in Bergen and ending in Kirkenes, this voyage took participants through the calm, sheltered waters of Norway’s shores—close to the landscape, wildlife, and culture. Participants spent days and nights filled with majestic coastal Norway—awe-inspiring fjords, expansive sounds, snow-capped mountains, scenic skerries, and picturesque plains. The 34 ports of call, both historical and cosmopolitan, ranged from major cities to small fishing hamlets, and the stops varied from 45 minutes to 6 hours.
Knut Werner-Hagen holds a masters degree in history from the University of Oslo and has also written a number of articles and books. Knut served as an officer in the Norwegian Army for 30 years and, during the last 15 years of his career, he lectured on military history at the Norwegian Military Academy in Oslo. Knut has led a number of tours, including Vesterheim’s 2015 Coastal Voyage tours. He had the privilege of guiding His Majesty King Harald V and the Prime Minister of Norway. Knut brings unparalleled knowledge and experience to this unforgettable tour.
Michelle Whitehill is Vesterheim’s Coordinator of Tours to Norway. She has planned 14 tours, has been to Norway 8 times, and led tours in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. Her organization and friendliness allow participants to sit back, relax, and enjoy the trip.