Trønderlag of America - Norway Tour 2019

Trondheim

Trønderlag of America is traveling again! Last trip to Norway was in 2014, which was a very good tour where we stayed in Trondheim during the 200-year celebration of the Constitution. This time we will go a lot wider! The tour starts in Oslo, and we will travel by train to Trondheim. From Trondheim the tour goes towards the northern part of Trøndelag. The last part of the trip will be in Trondheim during Olavsfestdagene, a huge culture and church festival held annually. A unique and very interesting tour!

Erling Hansen

Erling will be our tour manager. He is Norwegian and have lived in Rennebu, Trøndelag, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Normally he guides Norwegian groups on tour in the USA. He was the tour manager also for the 2014-tour. He is a proud member of Trønderlag of America!

July 19
Depart the USA
July 20
Arrive in Oslo, Norway. Tour Manager meets group at Oslo airport, Gardermoen. The Tour Manager will be at the airport and meet everybody as they arrive. If most people arrive at the same time, we will all travel together to downtown Oslo with the Airport Express train. Our hotel is at the railway station in Oslo (Comfort Hotel Grand Central)
MonolittenThe Monolith sculpture in Frogner park
July 21
City Tour with step-on guide. Suggested inclusions: The Opera building, Parliament, Akershus Fortress, Royal Palace, Bygdøy peninsula with the museums (for example the Folk Museum, Viking Ship Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum), Holmenkollen ski jump arena, the new American Embassy (drive by). Lunch at Frognerseteren. Each tour member receives an Oslo pass which includes unlimited rides on bus and subway for 72 hours, as well as free entrance to most museums in Oslo, and discounts on some restaurants.
July 22
Tour the Royal Palace. Visit museums downtown: Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art and the Munch Museum.
Oslo ParliamentThe Parliament building
July 23
Oslo on your own. Your Oslo Pass is still valid for all public transportation and most museums.
July 24
Take the train from Oslo to Trondheim. This is a very comfortable and scenic train ride by Lake Mjøsa with the cities Hamar and Lillehammer, through Gudbrandsdalen, across Dovre Mountain, Oppdal, through Gauldal to Trondheim. Our hotel, Best Western Bakeriet, is a few blocks from the railway station.
Demonstration of baking lefse on the 2014 tourDemonstration of baking lefse on the 2014 tour
Beautiful Trondheimsfjorden. From the 2014-tour. Photo: Jon SatrumBeautiful Trondheimsfjorden. From the 2014-tour. Photo: Jon Satrum
July 25
Our bus picks us up at the hotel, and we start our journey northbound out of Trondheim. We drive through the beautiful Innherred, and make our first stop in Steinkjer. We will visit Steinkjer church with the famous glass paintings by Jacob Weideman, one of Norway’s most important post-war modernism artists, and a Steinkjer native. We continue along the East side of Snåsavatnet (Lake Snåsa) and make our next stop at Bølareinen. It is one of the oldest and most famous Norwegian petroglyphs (stone carvings), and is dated to between 3000 and 4000 BC. Snåsa is a small community with very strong ties to the USA. They even have their own college in America! We are talking about St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. The founder, Bernt Julius Muus, was from Snåsa. Even today there is student exchange every year between Snåsa and St. Olaf College. We will also learn about another important man in Norwegian emigration history, Ole Rynning, who also was from Snåsa. In the afternoon we will visit the Sami Museum (Saemien Sijte) before we check into our hotel, Snåsa Hotel, for dinner and lodging.
BølareinenBølareinen
July 26
We leave Snåsa and drive through Grong to Overhalla. Our guide today is Carl Ivar Storøy. He is from Overhalla, and is very knowledgeable about the local history, and the emigration to America from Namdalen. We will visit Ranem Church, a 800 year old stone building. Lunch will be at the unique Namsen Salmon & Train Experience, a train car that is parked on a bridge across Namsen river, one of the best salmon rivers on Norway. After lunch we will visit the place where Hans Barlien was born. He was probably one of the first “Trønders” to emigrate to America in 1837. There is a short hike up to the Hans Barlien memorial. Before we go to Namsos to our hotel, we will also see a demonstration of baking lefse at the home-farm of Reverend Ditlef G. Ristad, charter member of Trønderlag of America, Fergus Falls, 1908.
July 27
Today we will go out to the island Jøa, “The Fairytale Land”. Our local guide today is Gunnar Hojem, president of Namsos Historical Society. The famous author Olav Duun was born on this island, and we will learn about his life and work. On the farm Tranås, which is from the iron age, we will be served a salmon lunch, cooked over open fire. We will also visit Fosnes, an old community. In the evening we will have a nice dinner at Ullvaren Café next to our hotel in Namsos, The Mayor of Namsos will be invited. This is also a good opportunity for Trønderlag members to invite and meet relatives in the Namdalen area.
July 28
We check out from the hotel late morning and drive to Verdal. We drive through Namdalseid and drive by the property of John N Kildahl, president of St. Olaf College from 1899 – 1914.  We will stay at the very unique Holmen Farm just outside Verdal for the night. We are renting the whole place, and we will also be served dinner where most of the ingredients are produced locally on the farm. After an early dinner we will drive to Verdal to attend the famous “Spelet om Heilag Olav” (“The Saint Olav Drama”). This is an outdoor performance that is played every year, and is often called “The Mother of All Outdoor Plays”.The play commemorates the Battle of Stiklestad that took place in the year 1030, and which resulted in death of King Olaf II of Norway.
Namsen Salmon and Train experienceNamsen Salmon & Train ExperienceJøa IslandJøa Island
TrondheimTrondheim
July 29
After a good breakfast at Holmen Farm, we go back to Verdal and spend some time on the area before we start our trip back towards Trondheim. The next few days our home in Trondheim will be Best Western Hotel Bakeriet (where we stayed also in 2014). We will stay in Trondheim during Olavsfestdagene (St Olav Festival), with a lot of activities, concerts, exhibitions, church services etc.
July 30
In the morning, drive to Orkdal and visit the Norway Buidling / Thamspaviljongen. This remarkable building was built like a stave church here in Orkdal and shipped to Chicago as part of the Norwegian Pavillion during the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. After that it was moved to Lake Geneva, WI, where it sat on the Wrigley Estate, before it was purchased and moved to Mount Horeb, WI. Here it was the main building in Little Noirway until the museum closed in 2012. It was then purchased again and moved back to its original location and erected near the City Hall in Orkdal, Norway. After the tour of the building, we will have a nice lunch at Baardshaug Mansion. After lunch, drive back to Trondheim for a city tour with a local step-on guide, before we head back to the hotel. 
July 31
The next couple of days will be on your own in Trondheim.There are many activities to enjoy during the 53rd“Olavsfestdagene”.  In 2014 the festival had 165,000 visitors. This is also a great time to visit family and friends and for those working on their genealogy/family history, the regional archives are a short distance from our hotel. Our hotel is appr. 10 minute walk from the city center (Torvet) and 15 minutes from Nidaros Cathedral, where most of the activities during the festival takes place. In 2014 Trønderlag of America donated 15.000 NOK to Nidaros to help pay for the restoration of the cathedral’s Steinmeyer organ
 We will also set up a boat trip to Munkholmen, a small island a short boat trip (appr. 20 minutes) from Trondheim. Exact day and time TBA. The hotel serves a hot buffet meal every afternoon (included). 
Aug 1
Trondheim on your own.
Aug 2
Check out from the hotel, transfer to Trondheim airport Værnes for your flight back to the USA. We will set up a bus or a van from the hotel to the airport that will accommodate as many as possible, probably based on the first flight from Trondheim. For those who have departure at other times we will try to accommodate other transportation (either airport shuttle or train)
NidarosdomenTrondheimThamspaviljongenThamspaviljongen

 

Price

Tour Price:

$3,490 per person, double occupancy

Single Supplement: $690

 

The price is based on a minimum of 20 paying passengers.

 

This tour is in cooperation between Nor-Am Tours LLC (a US entity) and Amerikabussen v/ Solgruppen AS (a Norwegian entity).

 

Payment is either by check or with credit card.

Make Checks payable to: Nor-Am Tours, 5611 Longboat Rd NW, Rochester, MN 55901

Credit card payments goes directly to Solgruppen AS (Norway), and can be done online. Remark: A fee of 1,5% will be added (for non-Norwegian credit cards)

 

Payment schedule:

$500 deposit per person with registration (non refundable)

Remaining balance: 35 days before departure.

We recommend that travelers obtain travel insurance. Should there not be enough travelers to make the tour feasible and the trip is cancelled, the $500 deposit will be returned to the traveler.



Included

  • 13 nights hotel lodging with Scandinavian breakfast buffet.
  • 11 dinners / evening meals.
  • 5 lunches
  • Train ticket Oslo Airport – Oslo (downtown)
  • Train ticket Oslo – Trondheim
  • Bus transportation Trondheim – Snåsa – Namsos – Verdal – Trondheim
  • Transfer from Trondheim to Trondheim Airport Værnes
  • City tour with guide Oslo
  • City tour with guide Trondheim
  • Oslo Pass 72 hours (free access to most museums and attractions in Oslo, free public transportation)
  • Entrance to other museums as described in the program
  • Boat trip to Munkholmen
  • Ticket to «Spelet om Heilag Olav»
  • Tour manager with the group during the whole trip.

 

Not included:

  • Airfare from the USA to Norway. Tour starts in Oslo airport, ends in Trondheim airport.
  • Soft drinks or alcoholic beverages with the meals.
  • All other meals that are not described in the program.
  • Gratuity for drivers, guides and tour manager