No Place Like Norway 2019

June 13-23, 2019 • 11 Days • $4990** – SOLD OUT!

Start Bergen, Finish Oslo

From a standpoint of breathtaking panoramas, no other destination is more impressive than Norway. Pristine mountains, immense glaciers, pounding waterfalls, mirror-smooth lakes, the Viking story, and the seemingly endless vistas of unforgettable fjords make Norway a walking explorer’s delight!

No Place Like Norway features Norway’s central fjord region; travelers can experience the unique area north of Norway’s Arctic Circle on the Land of the Midnight Sun Extension.

**Traveler Rewards Program 2019: New Travelers receive a $300 discount on the No Place Like Norway tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. Check out our Traveler Rewards page for more details.

Land of the Midnight Sun Extension

June 23-29, 2019 • 7 Days • $3285 – CALL US FOR AVAILABILITY!

Start/Finish Oslo

We cross the Arctic Circle for several days of “only-in-the-Nordic-North” walks and activities, an opportunity to connect with the Sami people, and a continuation of Norway’s incredible coastal panoramas.

Reserve your spot on this tour with a $500 Registration Deposit! Check below for more details. 

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Since 1991, we’ve been sharing the many delights of Norway and her compelling combination of stunning scenery and intriguing Viking history with our walking friends. Now, after months of research and collaboration with local partners, and 3 weeks of on-site exploration, we are back with a completely revised Norway walking program for 2019!

Highlights of Norway:

  • Our tour starts in Bergen, perhaps the center of fjord Norway, and home of a picturesque medieval center that dates back to Norway’s involvement in the Baltic Sea trading consortium called the Hanseatic League.
  • A scenic, commuter boat cruise takes us past coastal communities offshore to the fjords of the Nordfjord area, introducing a tiny fraction of Norway’s 58,000+ kilometers of coastline (the USA coastline is under 20,000 km). We overnight on one of the islands before turning inland to visit the Nordfjord area.
  • Walks along the coast and amongst the breathtaking panoramas of the Nordfjord, Geirangerfjord, and Sognefjord areas offer a variety of landscapes.
  • An excursion into Jotunheimen National Park, the Home of the Giants, showcases some breathtaking views of this magnificent national area, also the starting point for our passage across Scandinavia’s highest mountain road – Sognefjell National Tourist Route.
  • On the optional Land of the Midnight Sun extension, we cross the Arctic Circle for several days of “only-in-the-Nordic-North” walks and activities and a continuation of Norway’s incredible coastal panoramas.
  • Also on the Extension, we have opportunity to connect with Sami culture and learn about this fascinating indigenous group, most commonly connected with reindeer husbandry, who live only in this part of the world.

No Place Like Norway

Including:

  • All land travel by motorcoach as outlined
  • Coastal high-speed ferry from Bergen to Frøya island
  • Ferry across Northern Fjord
  • Ferry across Sognefjord from Mannheller to Fodnes
  • Superior tourist-class or better hotel accommodations
  • 20 meals: 10 breakfasts and an assortment of lunches and dinners as listed (BLD). Several lunches are picnics in remote locations with lunches packed from the hotel breakfast buffet.
  • 9 walks as listed
  • Fees for IVV credit for Oslo walk requested
  • Two WAI tour leaders throughout
  • Cultural and historical expertise of our national guide throughout
  • Tips for group meals and local guides/coach drivers
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy; single rooms are available for a supplement of $550.

Activities/Visits to:

  • Geiranger Sightseeing Ferry
  • Dalsnibba mountain toll road
  • Lake cruise after Lake Tsunami Memorial Walk
  • Sognefjell National Tourist Route
  • Jotunheimen National Park
  • Borgund Stave Church
  • Bygdøy Ferry across Oslo Fjord
  • Viking Ship Museum
  • Fram Museum
  • Guided walk in Oslo
  • More fun stops than we can list!

Optional Excursions:

  • Guided Bergen Walk with IVV stamp – Day 1
  • Jotunheimen National Park Ice Cave Walk – Day 6
  • Marina dinner in Oslo – Day 9

Midnight Sun Extension

Including:

  • 2 flights: Oslo to Harstad-Narvik Airport and Tromsø to Oslo
  • All land travel as outlined
  • Ferry: Andøya island to Senja island
  • Ferry: Senja to Brensholmen (mainland)
  • Superior tourist-class or better hotel accommodations
  • 10 meals: 6 breakfasts and other lunches and dinners as listed (BLD)
  • 4 walks as listed
  • WAI guide service throughout (2 guides)
  • Cultural and historical expertise of a national guide throughout
  • Tips for group meals and local guides/coach drivers
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy; single rooms are available for a supplement of $240.

Activities/Visits to:

  • Salmon farm tour
  • Andøya Norwegian Scenic Route
  • Bird and whale safari to Bleiksøya
  • Senja Norwegian Scenic Route
  • Cruise across Bergs Fjord
  • Sážža Senja Nature and Culture Center
  • Guided visit to Sami Museum in Tromsø University
  • Sami dinner and traditional evening
  • Walking tour of Tromsø
  • More fun stops than we can list!

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

Under 30 travelers

Hotels

Strategically located Superior Tourist Class hotels or better

Meals

Breakfasts included with a selection of lunches and dinners as denoted (BLD).

Airfare

Not Included. Start point for No Place Like Norway is Bergen and finish point is Oslo. Travelers continuing on the Midnight Sun Extension also finish in Oslo. The Extension includes 2 internal flights.

Transportation

Included.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Your Guides

Guides Jana & Roger Dorway

Roger & Jana Dorway are quickly becoming traveler favorites! Roger and Jana have always appreciated the experiential, paradigm-expanding value of travel, and have been privileged to explore destinations on 5 continents. Since retirement, they’ve increased their commitment to discovering the world, fostering a growing desire to share cultural and historical insights as part of the WAI guide team. Roger & Jana will be assisted by a local guide on this tour, and they look forward to introducing Adventurers to magnificent Norway!

Itinerary

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No Place Like Norway

Day 1-Jun 13: Arrive Bergen, Norway (D)

Optional Beautiful Bergen Walk – 8 km, rated 1B

Travelers arrive today in Beautiful Bergen. Historic Bergen is situated directly on the North Sea and is a great strolling town with a plethora of wonderful seascapes. In the Middle Ages, it was a member of the Hanseatic League, a medieval, German-based trading consortium dominant throughout Northern Europe. Cod was the medieval Norwegian economic staple equivalent to today’s North Sea oil and the Bryggen (wooden trading center) along the waterfront and the Hanseatic Museum are just a stone’s throw from our hotel.

Because travelers arrive throughout the day, the first group activity is a Welcome Orientation this evening at our hotel, followed by dinner. Bergen has a host of activities and attractions to consider, however, so our normal practice of recommending an early arrival is definitely applicable to Bergen. A list of ideas will be provided well before the tour, but the activity offered by WAI is a walk through Bergen starting from our hotel (IVV sanction approved). A local guide will help lead and give commentary on this route along the Bergen waterfront, through Gamle Bergen (old Bergen), past the fish market, into the 13th century Bergenhus Fortress, and amongst picturesque neighborhoods of wooden homes on the Nordnes peninsula. Estimated price: $25 per person.

Day 2-Jun 14: Bergen – Kalvåg (BD)

Frøya Island Walk – 7 km, rated 1A

Nowhere in the world is a coastline so indented by the geological phenomenon of fjords as in Norway! As a result, its coastline is one of the longest in the world relative to its land mass. Fingers of fjords reaching deep inland can make land travel complicated, and Norwegians are among the world’s most prolific tunnel builders with a complementary network of ferries. Our route north today is by high speed commuter ferry.  We join locals on a scenic, four-hour ride along the fjords, stopping at small coastal communities enroute to Frøya island, our home for the night. Upon arrival, we stretch our legs on a short walk through this small, photogenic fishing village built around a small harbor. After checking into the hotel, we bus to the other side of the island for an easy stroll along the shoreline with non-stop vistas over the North Sea. Dinner tonight is at our hotel – an intriguing grouping of wooden heritage buildings repurposed into a charming hotel clustered along the fishing harbor of the village of Kalvåg.

Day 3-Jun 15: Kalvåg – Nordfjordeid (BL)

Northern Fjord Hidden Valley Walk – 3 km, rated 1A
Davik Heritage Trail – 3 km, rated 2C

Our route takes us inland today, winding along sections of huge Nordfjord (Northern Fjord) for our first walk of the day at the end of a hidden mountain valley. It’s an easy trail that features the lovely birch forests, rushing streams, oversized granite boulders, and mountain panoramas which will become a familiar part of the adventure. After a break for a fun, outdoor lunch in the valley, our second walk starts at the home of our guide, Rogier, in the tiny fjord-side farming community of Davik. Rogier leads us through his sheep pasture to a delightful nature trail that finishes at a group of preserved 19th century farm buildings, reminding us that life in the fjords before the modern era and discovery of North Sea oil was often harsh. A ferry then takes us across Nordfjord to our final stop for the night in Nordfjordeid – the end of the fjord.

Day 4-Jun 16: Nordfjordeid – Stryn (BD)

Geiranger Postal Road Walk – 7 km, rated 4B

Lovely Geiranger Fjord has many faces. One of the most spectacular is best appreciated from a historic postal road built in the 1700s to cover a distance of about 700 kilometers between Trondheim and Bergen, the two largest cities in Norway at that time. After one of the most invigorating and scenically stunning walks of the journey, we board a ferry to enjoy one of Norway’s most breathtakingly beautiful  fjords from a different perspective, sailing down its lovely S-curve beneath looming cliffs and erupting waterfalls! Driving out of Geiranger offers a plethora of stunning vantage points, one at each switchback. The afternoon drive continues through more rugged mountain vistas, including the top-of-the-world vantage point at Dalsnibba (weather permitting), as we descend back to sea level to drive along placid Styrn Lake for a two-night stay in the town of Stryn, perched at the terminus of another finger of the Nordfjord.

Day 5-Jun 17: Activities from Stryn (BLD)

Lake Tsunami Memorial Walk – 5 km, rated 2B

Our plan today takes us along a delightful gem of a lake to the site of not one but two tragic tsunamis. In 1905, and again in 1936, huge chunks of the mountain plunged into the lake and generated deadly tidal waves that wiped out two farming communities. Our trail is marked with poignant signboards telling the story of the destructive power of this surprising natural disaster of the fjords. On the high point of the trail, a cross marking the tragedy of 1905 was ripped from its bolted steel mount in solid rock by the wave of 1936. At the end of the walk, we bus deeper into the valley to enjoy the spectacle of a sparkling glacier snaking down into this pristine valley while we enjoy a picnic lunch packed from this morning’s breakfast buffet. Our return journey crosses these turquoise waters by lake cruiser; everything slows down when we go by boat, even a WAI adventure! Free time in Stryn precedes dinner together tonight at the hotel.

Day 6-Jun 18: Stryn – Jotunheimen (BLD)

Today’s drive takes us past rugged high-mountain lakes and along a rushing river into the town of Lom. Stave churches are an architectural reminder of the period early in the last millennium when Vikings left their pagan gods and embraced the new Christian faith. These picturesque wooden structures are unique to Norway. Because of their susceptibility to fire, less than 30 remain, one of them proudly perched in Lom. The afternoon offers a chance to relax at our mountain hotel in Jotunheimen National Park or take advantage of outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and perhaps kayaking or horseback riding.

Alternatively, consider joining us to explore the heights of the national park in the company of a local guide. This is a 2-3 hour hike on a variety of terrains, including boardwalks and rock scree, into the unique climate, geology, and human history of this region at the top of Norway (don’t worry – our highest point is just over 6000 feet). The highlight of the walk is a descent 200 feet into an ice cave carved and lit by a well-known Scandinavian sculptor. Estimated price: $30 per person

Day 7-Jun 19: Jotunheimen – Sogndal (BL)

Sognefjellet Mountain Valley Walk – 7/10 km, rated 2B/3B

From our mountain lodge we ascend even higher on route 55, the Sognefjell National Tourist Route, over the highest and most rugged mountain pass in northern Europe. We’ll take our time to enjoy dramatic panoramas en route to our walk of the day on the south side of the pass. The trail here showcases rugged mountain meadows, ending at a pounding waterfall. In good weather we’ll enjoy views of the peaks of Jotunheimen National Park. After a picnic lunch, our bus carries us once more to sea level to navigate more fjordland beauty, this time along the shoreline of lovely Lustra Fjord, farthest inland of the fingers of the massive Sognefjord, granddaddy of them all. We spend the evening in Sogndal, perched on yet another arm of Sognefjord, nicknamed “King of Fjords”.

Day 8-Jun 20: Sogndal – Fagernes (B)

King’s Road Hike – 6 km, rated 3B
Postal Road Hike – 3 km, rated 2B

After crossing the King of Fjords by ferry, the main event of the day is a challenging but delightful walk along the old King’s Road. The Kongevegen (King’s Road) was built in the 18th century by 1000s of workers as the main link between Eastern Norway and Western Norway. One hundred kilometers of road have been restored as a heritage hiking trail which was awarded the EU prize for Cultural Heritage in 2017. The section we’ve chosen follows the rushing Lærdalselva River and navigates some of the steepest and most beautiful sections of the road. After a picnic lunch at the end of the King’s Road, travelers have the option to return to the start point on the opposite side of the river on the mid-19th century postal road or continue by bus to nearby Borgund Stave Church. The excellent visitor center there will be the rendezvous point for the two groups. The church was built near the end of the 12th century and is strikingly compact. Walkers are free to explore the visitor center and church, or consider joining us for a 1 km hike to a much-photographed set of King’s Road switchbacks located just above the church. As we leave fjord Norway, our final drive is a lovely stretch of highway through a different kind of scenery with lots of lakeside driving and a plethora of pastoral farm scenes.

Day 9-Jun 21: Fagernes – Oslo (B)

We see a different side of Norway today as we cross forest and farmland landscapes to the capital city of Oslo. After free time for lunch along Aker Brugge, Oslo’s colorful waterfront area, we board a fun little pedestrian ferry to cross Oslo Fjord. Our destination is two icons of Nordic life: the Viking Ship Museum, housing three original 1000-year old Viking ships; and the Fram Museum, showcasing the uniquely-designed vessel sailed by Roald Amundsen to conquer the South Pole. We walk between the ferry dock and the museums and you’ll be able to return to our hotel at your leisure on a return ferry, or perhaps join us for an optional dinner at a nearby marina.

Day 10-Jun 22: Activities from Oslo (BD)

Highlights of Oslo Walk – 10 km, rated 1A

Today’s walk starts from our hotel and, after a stroll through the grounds of the Royal Palace, takes us through Frogner Park and the evocative, spectrum-of-life statuary of sculptor Gustav Vigeland. The route continues past Oslo Fjord marinas, winds through the waterfront area of Aker Brygge, and enters medieval Akershus Fortress, where a visit to the Norway Resistance Museum (World War II) is highly recommended. The afternoon is free to explore further on your own. Many of Oslo’s highlights, including the National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, the Norwegian History Museum, the waterfront, and an extensive pedestrian shopping zone, are all very near our hotel.

Day 11-Jun 23: Depart Oslo, Norway (B)

The adventure comes to a close this morning. Travelers are free to leave for the airport at their leisure; your WAI guide team will help batch travelers with similar flight times who would like to share a taxi. Images of the stunning fjordland scenery of Norway will forever linger in our mind’s eye, inviting us to return and explore more of the history, scenery, and culture of this captivating Nordic nation at the top of the world. Thank you for joining us for No Place like Norway!

Land of the Midnight Sun Extension

Day 1-Jun 23: Oslo – Sortland, Norway (BL)

We say farewell to travelers heading home today and catch an early ride to the Oslo airport for our flight across the Arctic Circle! Upon arrival at Harstad-Narvik Airport, we are at 68.4886° North (the Arctic Circle is 65.8256°). Our Midnight Sun coach then takes us on a scenic ride to the Vesterålen Islands. Our first stop is a salmon farm for an educational and surprisingly entertaining introduction to how Norway’s aggressive project to provide salmon to the world! Delicious Atlantic salmon is one of the gastronomic staples of any trip to Norway, and an informative and passionate “farm” manager explains the hi-tech process in three stages, including a boat ride out to one of the salmon pens. We spend the evening in a typical arctic Norway town in anticipation of a day more Nordic splendor tomorrow.

Day 2-Jun 24: Sortland – Andenes (BD)

Vesterålen Islands Walk – 6 km, rated 2C

We leave the island of Langøya this morning en route to the island of Andøya, northernmost point of the Vesterålen archipelago. Here, we follow the Andøya Norwegian Scenic Route, one of Norway’s 18 designated routes. It leads us along the western edge of the island to imbibe rugged North Sea panoramas punctuated by sawtooth mountain ridges jutting out into the sea. Today’s walk starts in the tiny fishing community of Bleik, hemmed in on both sides by dramatic cliffs. Our trail courses along the beach, then winds through bushland between a series of small lakes with non-stop views of encircline mountains. After free time at our hotel, we enjoy an early dinner followed by an evening bird and whale safari. The Gulf Stream brings a moderating influence to Arctic waters offshore, incubating food sources attractive to both whales and birds. Our primary goal is the offshore island of Bleiksøya. In early summer, approximately 80,000 breeding pairs of puffins come here to nest. The island also attracts a variety of other seabirds as well as white-tailed eagles whose favorite prey is puffin! Whales, particularly orcas, are also often spotted in these waters.

Day 3-Jun 25: Andenes – Skaland (BD)

Bergs Fjord Walk – 4 km, rated 1B

An early start takes us by ferry across the And Fjord to Senja, Norway’s second largest island. Following the Senja Norwegian Scenic Route, we arrive at a lovely resort perched on a rocky point curving out into the tropical-looking blues of the North Sea. Here, we board boats to sail through a small archipelago set in Bergs Fjord. The peninsula on which we land has one little-used road that serves as our trail to a dead-end at a tiny hamlet – evoking yet another top-of-the-world sensation. Dinner together back at our resort is an opportune time to remind ourselves that what we are experiencing in the Arctic North is truly real!

Day 4-Jun 26: Activities from Skaland (B)

Lake Stor Midnight Sun Challenge Walk – 5 km, rated 3C

The Sami people have suffered the plight of many pastoral groups. Hunters first, then herders of reindeer, their way of life was ill-suited to ways of the modern era. Thankfully, after decades of marginalization, the language and culture of the Sami (sometimes called Laplanders) have been protected and their ethnic identity is strengthening. The bulk of the Sami population in Scandinavia lives farther east, spread over arctic Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia, but we hear the local story of the Sami today at the Sážža Senja Nature and Culture Center. The afternoon and evening are free back at our North Sea resort. Consider optional resort activities like boating, sea kayaking, fishing, soaking in the outdoor jacuzzi, or simply slowing down to absorb the solitude of life at 69.42° latitude in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Dinner is on your own this evening, but some activities are geared towards the 24 hours of sunlight (June only) and are offered after dinner, including a WAI walk to a mountain lake that hosted the first hydropower station in Europe in 1882. The August group will likely be offered this walk in the late afternoon.

Day 5-Jun 27: Skaland – Tromsø (BD)

Mefjord Walk – 4 km, rated 2C

Senja Norwegian Scenic Route takes us farther north to another pinch-me-this-can’t-be-real setting for today’s walk. Another tiny fishing village at the end of the road is the start/finish, offering stunning views of fjords and mountain landscape. We reconnect with the mainland by ferry en route to Tromsø, home of the northernmost university on the planet and, at a latitude of 69.65°, the highest point of our travels. The evening activity starts with a guided visit of the Sami exhibits at the Tromsø Museum, then continues outside Tromsø to a Sami camp. Here we enjoy a traditional Sami dinner while reindeer herders share stories about about Sami culture, life as a reindeer herder, and a joik (traditional Sami folk song) performance.

NOTE: It is not likely that we will see reindeer this far south in the summer. Herds are generally roaming free to graze even further north than 69 degrees!

Day 6-Jun 28: Tromsø – Oslo (B)

Relative to its size, the city of Tromsø has a surprisingly large footprint in the history of Norway. Its Norse and Sami heritage is ancient, but its influence in the modern age can be traced to rich fishing grounds here and the removal of Bergen’s monopoly on the cod trade in the late 1700s. It was a major Arctic trade center by the end of the 19th century and served as a productive training and recruiting ground for polar explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen (South Pole). Tromsø’s link with education began with the 1848 teacher training college established to educate Sami scholars, continuing to the mid-20th century advent of Tromsø University, the city’s largest employer. We embark in a walking tour of the city from our hotel this morning, followed by free time to stroll the interesting city center or explore museums such as The Polar Museum or the Polaria aquarium. Mid-afternoon, we head for the airport and our flight to Oslo. We overnight at an airport hotel to accommodate departures home tomorrow.

Day 7-Jun 29: Depart for home (B)

Travelers leave throughout the day – WAI guides will help batch those wishing to share taxis to nearby Oslo Gardermoen Airport. What a unique opportunity to explore this fascinating region of Norway above the Arctic Circle, the Land of the Midnight Sun. We return to North America enriched by the history, culture, and especially the natural wonders of Norway!

More Details

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How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

To save yourself a spot on this Adventure, contact us to register with a $500 deposit as soon as possible! Under 30 travelers will be accepted on each departure of this tour.

Traveler Rewards Program 2019 - NEW!

New Travelers receive a $300 discount on the No Place Like Norway tour! Returning travelers receive our Alumni Traveler Discount of 5-10% off the main tour price. Terms, exclusions and conditions apply. See the Traveler Rewards 2019 page for more details or contact us with any questions at 800.779.0353 or [email protected]

Note: The New Traveler and Alumni Traveler Discounts apply only to the main tour price. The Land of the Midnight Sun Extension is not eligible for these discounts.

General Tour Conditions and Registration Form

To finalize your official registration, a completed and signed copy of the Registration Form is necessary. Please be sure to read all the fun stuff (the fine print) in the General Tour Conditions!

Differences between June & August Departures

Joining the June tour offers a few advantages. During June we’ll enjoy the midnight sun effect, with longer days (no sunsets on the extension!). June is also a great month for waterfalls, as snow melt feeds the streams and rivers.

Travelers on the June tour will also enjoy puffin sightings on the Land of the Midnight Sun Extension. One of our activities is a cruise to Bleiksøya Island, which in June can host up to 80,000 breeding pairs of puffins. Birdlife (and possibly orcas) are expected to be abundant in August as well, but the puffins are on a schedule and reliably depart by middle of August.

August will offer similar weather patterns to June, with the only major difference being the shorter days in August.

How Is Airfare Arranged?

The official start point for No Place Like Norway is Bergen, Norway; our official end point is Oslo, Norway. Travelers continuing on the Land of the Midnight Sun Extension finish in Oslo as well. Two internal flights are included within the Land of the Midnight Extension. For international flights into and out of Norway, we recommend that you contact Debbi Custer, the travel agent with whom we work. In this age of airfare complications and airport uncertainty, using a travel agent is a good investment! More details about flight arrangements and travel agent contact information will be provided in the Adventure Advice flyer, mailed to you after you register for the Adventure. Please do not book your airfare prior to receiving the Adventure Advice flyer!

Optional Excursions

WAI schedules are packed with history, nature, and culture-connecting activities. We offer some activities as optional, either to give travelers more control over their time or because not all activities appeal universally. Several optional activities are listed in the brochure including: Guided Bergen Walk, Jotunheimen National Park Ice Cave Walk, and Optional Marina Dinner in Oslo. Please let us know if you would like to join us for these optional excursions by February 1, 2019.

The Land of the Midnight Sun offers optional activities during the free afternoon and evening at our Skaland resort which you can sign up for on site.

What about the walks?

We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. Because these are guided group walks, the success of the walks is predicated upon walkers having this minimum level of fitness in order to ensure that we are walking at a somewhat similar pace.

Walks on this trip are predominantly nature walks. Please pay careful attention to the walk ratings in the brochure. One of the most challenging part of a group walking adventure tour is managing needs and expectations for pace and trail difficulty across a range of 20 to 30 walkers. Over the years, we have found that a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour, as mentioned above, is a healthy median pace that works for most walkers who are in good shape.

If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to overexertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.

We have adopted a walk difficulty rating system that contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain. The explanation for this system is presented below:

INCLINE

1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: up to 200 feet.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 200-1000 feet.
3. Some significant hill or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 1000-2000 feet.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: 2000-3500 feet.
5. Many steep hills. Cumulative elevation gain from Starting Point: more than 3500 feet.

TERRAIN

A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well-groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky / rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

Travel Insurance

WAI believes strongly in the importance of travel insurance for financial and medical protection from any number of unforeseen circumstances that can arise before departure or during your Adventure. Many travel insurance providers are available for you to consider. Debbi Custer of World Travel Inc., a travel agent who provides air travel services to many WAI travelers, can provide travel insurance options for your WAI tour as well as your airfare (email [email protected] -OR- call 1.888.276.0925 / 1.503.231.9507). For those of you who purchase airfare through Debbi, purchasing your travel insurance from her as well may be the simplest option. As always, do some shopping to ensure you are getting the best value. Using the squaremouth.com website can be a good way to compare pricing.

Other options include:

  • Allianz
  • Travel Guard
  • Betins
  • Travel Insured International

NOTE: We suggest purchasing from a reputable, well-established insurance company (avoid buying insurance from an unknown company found only online). In addition, be aware that some travel insurance policies contain time-sensitive provisions—i.e. some benefits are available only if the policy is purchased within a certain number of days of the purchase of the travel package.

What happens next?

Upon registering for this Adventure, you will receive a welcome letter and initial invoice. The Adventure Advice packet will be sent soon after, with important information about steps to take in the months before your trip. Please do not buy your airline tickets until you receive the Adventure Advice flyer. The final payment for the program is due 90 days before departure, and you will receive a final billing about 3 weeks prior to that point, along with a factsheet of additional information about the Adventure to help you get prepared! Then, about 3 weeks before departure, you will receive a final packet with all the details of the program, including hotel names and contact information, a list of fellow travelers, and a more detailed daily schedule.

Norway is a magical place. It is difficult to overstate the wonder of the natural beauty. Join us to discover the truth of the statement that there is No Place like Norway!