Trip Highlights

Trip Highlights

  • Stay at a mountain hut in Jotunheimen National Park, and embrace Norwegian friluftsliv, or “open-air life,” while hiking.
  • Photograph Norway’s world-famous fjords while kayaking beneath towering cliffs and waterfalls.
  • Venture above the Arctic Circle to the tiny fishing hamlets of the Lofoten islands, where the summer sun never sets.
  • Get a glimpse of the old-world charm of Bergen and the bustling capital of Oslo from the cities’ harbor saunas, mountaintop viewpoints, and historic waterfronts.
Norway is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The landscapes are magical vehicles where you can transcend time and space
Erika Larsen, National Geographic Expert

Itinerary

Itinerary

Norway is a country of stunning fjords and soaring peaks whose residents have a storied history of connecting with their natural world. This kinship with the Earth is infused into many aspects of daily life here, and is at the root of age-old traditions that live on today. Venture to the northern reaches of Europe to discover how Norwegians are preserving their rich cultural legacy for future generations.

Days 1-4: Jotunheimen National Park, Norway

Arrive in the Norwegian capital of Oslo and journey to our remote mountain lodge on Gjende lake in the heart of Jotunheimen National Park. Set out on daily hikes with your On Assignment team to explore the Norwegian mountains, home to glaciers and turquoise lakes framed by steep peaks. Practice landscape photography and embrace friluftsliv in this spectacular wilderness.

Days 5-7: Oslo

Return to Oslo and set out to explore the city by bike, stopping at the Nobel Peace Center and the incredible Vigeland sculpture park. Experience Nordic sauna culture at a floating sauna in Oslo harbor, then dive into the refreshing waters of the Oslo fjord. Glimpse the country’s seafaring legacy at the Akershus Fortress and on a trip to the Bygdøy peninsula, where we’ll tour Viking longships; and learn about daily life for indigenous Sami reindeer herders while perusing the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. On a hike through Nordmarka forest, get introduced to the Nordic philosophy of friluftsliv, based on the drive for a deep connection with nature; then visit an urban farm to see how locals are balancing green living with Oslo’s increasing population density. As you uncover Norway’s rich culture and epic beauty, delve into your On Assignment project.

Days 8-13: The Lofoten Islands

Soar above the Arctic Circle to the magical Lofoten islands, where mountains rise straight from the sea and colorful villages dot rocky shorelines. Settle into a remote fishing hamlet and immerse yourself in the local culture. Discuss the benefits of traditional fishing methods with residents, and learn about the controversies surrounding fish factories. Hop into a kayak to explore the Norwegian Sea’s fascinating marine life; hike or bike along the shorelines in search of sea eagles and puffins; and use your camera to capture the swirling seas off the coast of Å, a village of stilted red houses. Listen to Viking lore under a midnight sun that never sets in the summer.

Days 14-17: Bergen

Fly to Bergen, gateway to Norway’s famed fjord lands and one of the largest trading ports in northern Europe during the Middle Ages. Stay near the city’s old wharf district, Bryggen, and visit the fish market—a gathering spot for merchants since the 13th century. Hike the Seven Sisters mountain chain to photograph panoramas of the North Sea. Share your final On Assignment presentation on a mountainside perch and celebrate your adventure with a traditional Norwegian meal before flying home.