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June 26 - July 19, 2015 // 24 Days
With nearly 19 hours of daylight in the summer months, Norway is the perfect place to bike, trek and raft under sunlit Scandinavian skies. On this 24-day teen summer adventure program, we don’t just visit Norway — we cross it.
That’s right, join us as we travel to Norway and pedal, paddle and hike our way past unspoiled fjords, rugged coastlines and stunning mountain vistas from one coast to the other.
We cover over 150 miles, traversing a blend of scenery, culture and adventure unsurpassed in beauty.
Click Description to learn more about our own brand of cross-country adventure camp as we travel to the land of gnomes and conquer the most stunning landscapes in Norway.
Whitewater Raft: Day Trip on the Otta and Skjoli Rivers
Sea Kayak: UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord
Mountain Bike: The Rallarvegen
Explore: Sognefjord; Bryggen Wharf and Fish Market in Bergen
Backpack: Jotunheimen National Park
8 - 12
New York, JFK
A leader escorted round-trip group flight is arranged to fly out of New York (JFK).
Some of the most beautiful lakes in the world were created here tens of thounsands of years ago when a glaciers eroded the land. Snuggled between mountains and cliffs, their sparkle will take your breath away while you enjoy awe-inspiring photo opportunites!
Travel the Rallarvegen from mountain to sea through a fantastic highland area starting at 1000 meters above sea level and peaking at 1300 meters before descending to the fjord below making it a historical and close-to-nature adventure. As you pass railway workers barracks and stone bridges, the scenery varies immensely. From Arctic high mountain nature across Hardangervidda to the opulent green Flåmsdalen valley, you'll get to see a bit of everything!
Whether fishing in the deep fjords, the protected archipelago, or the open sea, a large catch can be expected. A fishing paradise among countless lakes and rivers, magnificient scenery, big fish, and outstanding fresh waters make Norway a special destination for all.
Norwegian tales are full of giants, dwarves, elves, and assorted folk of faerie, but the most popular tales are of the rascal trolls. A supernatural being in Scandinavian folklore, trolls are fully embraced by Norweigans and line the countryside. These friendly creatures can be spotted in cities and in nature, and you can nab a small one to take home too!
While sea kayaking through Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO-protected fjord, we bask in its beauty while being reminded of epic Scandanavian sagas and viking legends.
Seven waterfalls thunder straight down into the fjord with an impressive drop of about 250 metres! Legend has it that the ”Seven Sisters” were all unmarried, and the waterfall on the other side of the fjord is called ”The Suitor”, after several unsuccessful attempts to court the sisters.
#6 Seven Sisters Waterfalls
Said to be born with skis on their feet—Norwegians are ready from birth to live a life in harmony with Nordic nature. With mountains plunging into the sea, fjords, northern lights and midnight sun, Norway is the perfect place to bike, hike, sea kayak, and raft under Scandinavian skies. And, we don’t just visit Norway — we cross it.
We meet in Newark, travel as a group to Amsterdam, then catch a flight to the charming Art Nouveau town of Ålesund, which looks to be taken right out of a fairy tale. Once there, the adventure really begins.
Sea kayaking through the land of epic sagas and true Viking spirit, we paddle five days on the deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord. Surrounded by majestic snow-covered peaks, massive ice sheets and the wild Seven Sisters and Suitor waterfalls, we see the most compelling landscape in all of Norway.
Giving our arms a rest, we travel inland to Jotunheimen (Home of the Giants) National Park. Jotunheimen gets its name from Norse mythology, which holds that giants—the original inhabitants of the earth—once ruled this mountain range.
We hike up and down the lush green summits and rolling tundra, along meandering valleys of waterfalls in search of Kvikk Lunsj. To most of the world, this iconic chocolate bar may not seem like anything special, but to Norwegians it is! We backpack through the open, lake-strewn playground amongst the highest peaks in Northern Europe with our trusty new companion, Kvikk Lunsj, and find out why it's Norway's favorite!
Teamwork comes into play for the next leg, as we raft on four different and uniquely beautiful rivers in one day: the Otta River, Skjoli River, Astri River, and Pyringen River. We trade our paddles for mountain bikes and journey towards the Rallarvegen, cutting across open mountains and passing the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier with dramatic views around every bend.
Then it's on to the famous Bryggen Wharf and Fish Market in Bergen. Known for its vibrant cultural scene, we'll complete our journey with a epic-sized banquet and a chance to celebrate our Norwegian journey in the Footsteps of Giants.
Depart the US and arrive in Oslo the following day. Group Flight to Alesund.
Explore the imagination-capturing town of Alesund.
Paddle the Fjords of the Sunnmer Alps, and have your breath stolen by the stunning vistas.
Take a break with a day of whitewater rafting fun. Orientation to backpacking.
Hike through Jotunheimen National Park. Rest Day (Day 14).
Rest up and clean up (laundry, showers, etc.). Hop on a bike and peddle through the Rallarvegen.
Explore the iconic city of Bergen and enjoy the bustling waterfront. Close with our final banquet, and head home after saying goodbye to our new friends.