June 20-July 2, 2019
2019 Heritage Tour:
Explore a Thousand Years of Norway
Explore Norway’s past, present, and future on this unforgettable journey. Stand in places where Norwegian history happened, revel in the beauty and culture of Norway today, and ponder what the future holds for this country and its citizens. We will discover the significance of the Vikings, the Plague, the Reformation, nineteenth-century emigration, and WWII. At every point along the way, we’ll experience the spectacular scenery, delicious food, and warm hospitality that is Norway.
We begin in Oslo, with visits to the Royal Palace, Parliament, and City Hall. Then it’s on to Tønsberg to be a Viking on the sea aboard the VS SAGA Oseberg. Next we fly north to Trondheim, the Viking capital of Norway and home of Nidaros Cathedral, to begin our trip southward again to Oslo by coach, train, and boat. All along the way we’ll stop to explore the places and the people of key periods in Norway’s history.
We will visit the UNESCO world heritage village of Røros, touring the village and its mines. We’ll also tour Maihaugen, an outdoor museum of farming culture, and Garmo, one of Norway’s oldest Stave churches. At Eidsvoll we will experience the site of the signing of the Norwegian Constitution in 1814. We will travel from Eidsvoll to Oslo on Norway’s first railway line.
Upon our return to Oslo, we will take a boat ride to Oscarsborg Fortress, which played a pivotal role in Norway’s fight against German occupation during WWII. The end of our tour is a trip to Rjukan to visit Vemork, which was at the center of one of the most important acts of sabotage committed during WWII. The area is also one of great natural beauty and a good place to contemplate Norway today and its future.
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Tour Guide and Leader
GUIDE: Knut Werner-Hagen
Knut Werner-Hagen has been working with Vesterheim since 2013 and his knowledge and warmth will make this a truly memorable tour. He holds a master’s degree in history from the Univ. of Oslo and has written many 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.
LEADER: Katherine Johnson
Katherine Johnson, Vesterheim’s Coordinator of Tours to Norway, looks forward to welcoming you on this spectacular tour to Norway. Katherine has had the privilege to plan and lead academic tours for graduate business students to China, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam. Her congenial personality and attention to detail will contribute to making your tour experience interesting, memorable, and relaxing.