NORWAY: The Land of the Midnight Sun

A Music & Cultural Tour in Partnership with the Cape Symphony

Trip Status: OPEN

JULY 5 - 19, 2018
Tour Cost: $6175 double occupancy

The CSO’s 2018 Artful Journey will take us to Scandinavia in July, when it will be warm and light for many hours each day.  You might want to bring an eye mask, so that you can get some zzzzzzzz’s.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Explore

  • Bergen
  • The Lofoten Islands
  • Oslo
  • Fredrikstad

Attend

  • The Lofoten Chamber Music Festival
  • A noontime concert at the Grieg Museum in Bergen
  • Perhaps, an opera at the new Oslo Opera House

Be Transfixed By

  • Water, water, water for fishing, power and recreation
  • Happy people
  • Gorgeous mountain views
  • Spectacular music

ACCOMMODATIONS

  • Small, historic Hotel Park in Bergen
  • Lofoten Suites in Svolvaer on the Lofoten Islands
  • Hotel Grims Grenka in Oslo

I am really excited about this trip. I’m also very prejudiced, not just because Norway has been determined to be the happiest country in the world, but because my grandfather, Benny Langvik, came from Fredrikstad, Norway in the late 1800s. He was born in a little red house at the end of a long, little fjord, or Langvik. I first set foot in Fredrikstad in 1965, when I spent the summer in Saltnes and Oslo with relatives, especially with cousin Inge and her 2 children, Hans-Jørgen and Claus. It was the best summer of my life with its simplicity and Inge’s intellectual tenacity juxtaposed against life on the sea.

 

We will arrive in Bergen, the quaint coast town in southwestern Norway. Here you can unwind from the flight, taste fresh fish from the day’s catch, delicious strawberries dripping juices onto your chin, and some Norwegian sweets – maybe some mouthwatering waffles with homemade jam.

We will stay in Bergen 2 nights, long enough to stretch our legs, relax, walk among the colorful houses, and attend a noontime concert at the Grieg museum.

 

From Bergen, we'll take an all-day excursion to the Sognefjord, which will also include traveling on the Flam and Bergen railroads. We ill introduce you to Scandinavia’s oldest resource, molding people’s livelihood and lifestyle: water. Water is everywhere in this part of the world and provides the basis for some industries: fishing, power and tourism.

 

In the Lofoten islands, we can enjoy music, boating and fishing, if you’d like. We could even be greeted by Northern Lights some evenings. The Lofoten Chamber Music Festival is Norway’s most famous summer classical event; in 2018 most of the festival will be a celebration of piano music. The program hasn’t been made public yet so I do not yet who will play what, but I am sure it will be a wonderful music experience.

 

After staying on the islands for 4 full days, we will amble to Oslo, Norway’s capital, where a show piece of Norway’s new wealth is shown in the new opera building. In Oslo, we can experience the urban life of the world’s happiest nation. We will also visit some fine cultural landmarks: the Edvard Munch (Norway’s most famous artist) museum and Vigeland Park.  We will also take a daytrip to Fredrikstad, my cousin Trond’s hometown and my Norwegian origins.

 

Coming along on this venture is Trond Langvik, resident of Fredrikstad, Norway. I met my cousin Trond Langvik in 2004; he wasn’t around in 1965. He is the kind of guy you can bond with instantly. Trond’s job as a communication specialist in the Fredrikstad community and his friendly personality will serve him very well as our guide and co-host.

JOURNEY COST: $6175, double occupancy

  • Single Supplement: $1200.
  • Includes accommodations (double occupancy) in Bergen, boat cabin on the Hurtigruten, hotel with spectacular view in Lofoten, hotels in Oslo, most meals, performances, transportation in Norway, excursions, entrance fees to museums, and administrative fees.
  • Included in the cost is a $500 charitable contribution to The Cape Symphony from each traveler. Travelers will receive written acknowledgment from the symphony of their contribution.
  • Not included are personal purchases and pampering.
  • NOTE: A deposit of $500 is required upon registration to secure a place in this workshop.
  • Airfare is not included to enable travelers to use their “travel points,” upgrade flight arrangements, or to extend their trip.
  • Travel insurance is strongly encouraged.
Lofoten Islands
Rorbuer (fishing huts)
Oslo at Night
Fredrikstad, Norway
The Cat Screams. (A little Munch humor.)

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For details/questions, please call Joan Hill at 508-255-7907 or email her at joan@artfuljourneysllc.com

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