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Seven Sisters Waterfall in Geirangerfjord
Lom Stave Church
Royal Palace in Oslo
Vigeland Park Museum
Maihaugen Open Air Museum in Lillehammer
Bryggen- Hanseatic Wharf in Bergen
Cable Railway, Bergen
Departs: July 19th, 2021 Tour Dates & Pricing
From Viking longboats to coastal cities, experience Norway's dramatic scenery and unique culture on this nine-day adventure. Arrive in Oslo and tour the city with a local guide. In Lillehammer, tour the open-air museum Maihaugen and enjoy free time to explore the town on our own. Explore scenic Geirangerfjord by ferry and arrive in Loen where we feel the beauty of Briksdal Glacier by troll-car and take the Loen Skylift to the top of Mount Hoven. Take a ferry along the Norway's longest inlet, the Sognefjord, then board the Flamsbana Railway on a breathtaking journey to Bergen. Tour Bergen and visit composer Edvard Grieg's museum Troldhaugen with a Farewell Dinner atop Mount Fløyen before we return home.
Hosted By: Bonnie Lucas
Co-Host of Van and Bonnie in the Morning
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Day 1 : Depart the USA
We board our flight for a relaxing journey across the Atlantic.
Day 2 : Arrive in Norway
Arrive in Oslo, Norway’s capital. We meet our English-speaking European guide and check-in for two nights at a comfortable hotel, centrally located in the heart of the city.
Day 3 : Oslo
Begin the day with breakfast at our hotel. A local guide joins us for a tour of Oslo. Major sightseeing destinations include the Royal Palace, Vigeland Sculpture Park, Akershus Fortress, the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, and the Bygdoy museums.
Tour the Viking Ship Museum where we learn about the Vikings’ maritime adventures and browse artifacts including entire Viking ships from the 9th century AD.
We have the afternoon at leisure. Consider strolling the halls of the Kon-Tiki Museum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, the Norwegian Maritime Museum, or shopping near our hotel.
Tonight we celebrate the day with an included Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.
Day 4 : Lillehammer
After breakfast we depart Oslo and travel to Lillehammer, located in a picturesque setting overlooking the northern end of Lake Mjosa. Home to the 1994 Winter Olympics, it remains a popular ski resort today.
Tour Maihaugen, one of Norway’s greatest open-air museums, and learn what life was like from the middle ages to today. Maihaugen resembles a small inland village and features nearly 200 buildings including turf-topped houses, a railway station, school, post office, fishing cabins, and barns. Also on display is a stave church from Garmo.
We have the afternoon at our leisure. You may want to visit the Lillehammer Art Museum, the Norwegian Olympic Museum, or Fabrikken, a creative and cultural arts center. Dinner is at our hotel.
Day 5 : Geirangerfjord
Today we travel westward through spectacular scenery to Norway’s fjordlands. On our way we drive through Gudbrandsdalen, a traditional region of Norway best recognized by its bucolic farmland.
We stop in Lom and visit the Lom Stave Church, one of Norway’s largest stave churches with a history that goes back to the 12th century.
From Geiranger we take a ferry through the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord to Hellesylt and enjoy some of Norway’s most beautiful vistas.
A short drive takes us to the village of Loen where we check-in to our hotel for two nights.
Day 6 : Briksdal Glacier
Today we enter Jostedalsbreen National Park to experience the mighty Briksdal Glacier, arriving after an exciting ride on an open-air off-road vehicle called a Troll-Car. Briksdal Glacier is one of Norway’s most famous glaciers due to the spectacular waterfalls and mountain peaks that surround it. Later, take the Loen Skylift to the top of Mount Hoven for panoramic views of Loen, the Nordfjord, and the surrounding peaks.
Day 7 : Scenic Flam Railway
Travel by motorcoach south to Leikanger on the shores of the Sognefjord. Known as the King of the Fjords, the Sognefjord is Norway’s longest and deepest inlet.
Take a scenic 2 ½-hour ferry ride to the village of Flam, then take in a breathtaking journey on the Flam Railway to Voss by way of Myrdal, featuring towering mountains, plummeting waterfalls, and lush valleys.
Arrive in Bergen by motorcoach and check-in to our hotel for two nights.
Day 8 : Bergen
Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and is nicknamed the City of Seven Mountains. Following a scrumptious breakfast, a local guide boards our motorcoach and leads our tour of Bergen. Highlights include Bergenhus Fortress, Rosenkrantz Tower, and Bryggen, the city’s medieval wharf district and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tour Troldhaugen, home to the famous composer Edvard Grieg, and explore its museum and the luxurious villa which Grieg himself described as his “best opus so far.”
Following a cable car ride up Mount Fløyen, we celebrate our Norwegian vacation with our traveling companions at a Farewell Dinner at Folkerestaurant with outstanding views of the city and the sea beyond.
Day 9 : Fly Home
We fly home with new friends and lifelong memories of our vacation.
July 19th, 2021 - July 27th, 2021
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 04/15/2021
WHO Radio Pickup Locations:
Des Moines, IA - Des Moines Airport
Bonnie Lucas has been co-host of the Van & Bonnie in the Morning show since she joined WHO Radio in 1994. Bonnie and Van Harden air from 5 – 9 a.m. every weekday.
Bonnie worked as an office manager for a telecommunications company, owned her own fitness center, worked for KRNT Radio for seven years, the Des Moines Register for one year, typed legislation for the Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax Division, and worked as a secretary right out of high school.
Bonnie’s husband, Gene, worked for Vermeer Corporation for 42 years and is now retired. They live in rural Monroe. Bonnie and Gene have one child, Joel. He and his wife, Shelli, have two children, Madison who is fifteen and Carter who is eight.
Bonnie and Gene have previously hosted several Holiday Vacations tours. Join them on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
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