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History

Owner Kjell Bergh

Kjell Bergh, Owner

History

Benefit from our Experience—it’s over 100 years in the making!

You would look far and wide to find a travel provider that’s been around as long as Borton Overseas. We’re a proud Minneapolis-based tour operator with a history that spans over a century.

Borton Overseas began in 1894 as Sunden, Vanstrum, and Co., specializing in steamship travel for immigrants coming to the U.S from Scandinavia. In 1986, Kjell Bergh acquired Vanstrum Travel.  It became a division of Borton Overseas, and continued to expand with land and cruise programs throughout Scandinavia and Africa.

Our land and cruise program expansion continues as we seek out new partnerships and destinations. We’ve aligned ourselves with some exceptional small ship cruise companies offering itineraries in the Baltic, along Norway’s west coast and through Sweden’s Gota Canal. We offer expedition cruises in Iceland, Greenland, Antarctica, Patagonia and the Arctic. South America, China, Southeast Asia and India are the newest additions to our programs.

In Africa, we’re proud to have been a pioneer in promoting cultural interaction between travelers and local Africans. Our close partnerships with respected, reliable tour companies, guides, camps and lodges, allow us to provide exclusive experiences and exceptional service to our clients.

Borton Overseas owns Trollstigen Resort in Andalsnes, Norway, a cabin resort situated in the stunning Romsdal region near the west coast, and is incorporated in Norway as Borton Overseas Norway AS.

As a Borton Overseas client, you’ll benefit from our wealth of knowledge, gained through hands-on experience over more than 100 years. We’re proud of our history, and we look forward connecting you with your journey to an extraordinary land.

 


 

About the Owner

Kjell Bergh is the chairman and CEO at Borton Volvo and Borton Overseas.

Bergh has served on the boards of many organizations and academic institutions, including Gillette Children's Hospital, Sons of Norway Foundation, Vinland National Center, American International Automobile Dealers Association, World Press Institute, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. He is a trustee emeritus and member of the executive committee, chair, and audit committee at Macalester College, as well as regent emeritus at Augsburg College. Bergh has been an Honorary Consul of Tanzania since 2000.

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