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Norden is the word being used these days to speak of Scandinavia.


Our Premier NORDEN SUMMER Tour for 2009
Personally escorted by Thorpe Tours founders, Gordon and Gloria Thorpe

August 29 to September 7, 2009

Icelandair, "The Coolest Airline Crossing the Atlantic", will transport us from the USA to Bergen, Norway.  In this World Heritage city, a highlight will be the opportunity to absorb the sights and aromas of the harbor side flower and fish market for which Bergen is so famous.  Equally illustrious are the ancient Hanseatic League buildings with their exquisite shops, in the same neighborhood.  Among other Bergen "must sees" is Troldhaugen, the home of Norway's most renowned musician and composer; Edvard Grieg.  But we cannot tarry in this local too long.  Bergen is known as the gateways to the fjords, and that is where we are pointed.

Crossing mountains, valleys, rushing streams, through tunnels and ferrying over many Fjords, our adventure will move northward.  Among the most exquisite of fjord settings will be our overnight at Geiranger.  Before settling down for both dinner and a room overlooking this magnificent body of water, we will cruise its surface.  Obviously only a few attractions can be enumerated here, but we can not neglect mentioning our climbing of Trollsteigen (the trolls ladder), perhaps the most scenic and twisting highway in the world.

The northernmost point of this tour will be Norway's first capitol city; Trondheim.  Settling down for two nights, there will be opportunity to catch our breath, while at the same time drinking in the beauty and uniqueness of this area.  Among the most inspiring experiences of this outing will be our visit to the Nidaros Cathedral.  It is Scandinavia's largest church, and the site of the third most popular pilgrimage destination of the Middle Ages.  The ancient "Pilgrim trail" has been rediscovered, and those who wish may set foot on it.

Our stopover on the way to Oslo will be Lilliehammer.  Many of us delighted in the natural beauty of this area as well as the heralded hospitality of its people during the Winter Olympics of 1994.  The Olympic sites are still impressive.

But Oslo may prove to be the highlight for many.  This capitol city of Norway has innumerable attractions.  The Frogner Sculpture Park and the museums on Bigdoy Island are the best known.  Those who have other choices or relatives and friends to contact may venture out on their own.  We can also help with that.  The Oslo area Gardermoen Airport will be our departure point.

Keep in mind ... Personal visits to roots locations can often be made part of your personal itinerary.  Just ask.

Also, please be reminded about the benefits of our small group travel.  This group will be limited to 14 guests.

For further information, contact us at (email) , or Toll free 866-553-TOUR (8687).