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 aquired Vanstrum Travel. It became a division of Borton Overseas, and continued to expand with land tour and cruise programs throughout Scandinavia and Africa.
Our tour and cruise program expansion continues as we seek out new partnerships and destinations. In 2002, Borton Overseas became the U. S. sales, marketing and reservation headquarters for UK-based Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. In addition, we’ve aligned with some exceptional small ship cruise companies offering itineraries in the Baltic, along Norway’s west coast, through Sweden’s Gota Canal, and European river cruising. We’ve added expedition cruises in Iceland and Greenland, Antarctica, Patagonia and the Arctic.
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.
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.
Bergh has received three royal decorations. In 1996, he was awarded Knight First Class, Royal Order of Merit by H.M. King Harald of Norway. In 1983, he was awarded St. Olav Medal by H.M. King Olav of Norway and in 1988 received the Gold Medal, Royal Order of the Polar Star, from H.M. King Carl Gustaf of Sweden. His other awards and honors include AIADA Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), Scandinavian Hall of Fame (1997), and Automotive Hall of Fame (1996).
Over the past 30 years, Bergh has provided, planned, and executed ground and air transportation for the Royal family of Norway in the United States and Tanzania. He also has provided transportation support for the Royal family of Sweden and several heads of state in Minnesota over the past 30 years.
Bergh took prerequisite courses University of Oslo before completing a bachelor of arts degree in international relations with a minor in journalism at Macalester College in 1970. In 1998, he studied Kiswahili at the University of Minnesota and, in 2004, he completed a master of arts in international relations at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.