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Norwegian Christmas Experience 2017

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Oslo, Norway

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Discover the joy and traditions of the Norwegian Christmas! We’re pleased to present our third annual Christmas-themed Signature Journey! This time we are headed to Oslo, Norway. Join Borton Overseas Managing Director, Linda McCormick, on this festive pre-holiday trip to Oslo. Shop the Christmas Markets, enjoy traditional Julemat (Christmas food), and attend the Nutcracker Ballet at the Oslo Opera. There will also be time on your own to explore Norway’s capital and visit museums and sights. Option to extend your stay in Norway or elsewhere! 

2017 Departure:

Friday, December 1 – $2,358 per person, double occupancy

Single supplement from $282

Iceland Stopover:

2-night Stopover - $497 per person, double occupancy
3-night Stopover - $592 per person, double occupancy

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Oslo, Norway

Friday, December 1  Depart Minneapolis
Depart on Icelandair at 6:30 pm. 

Saturday, December 2  Arrive Oslo   D
Arrive in Reykjavik at 6:30 am, and change planes, departing at 7:35 am.  Arrive in Oslo at 11:05 am. Our city tour will introduce us to Norway’s capital. Check-in; enjoy a special welcome dinner at our hotel. Overnight at Thon Hotel Bristol 

Sunday, December 3  Oslo   B
Breakfast at the hotel. Use your Oslo card for independent sightseeing, and enjoy the Christmas Market at the Norwegian Folk Museum, and other markets in the city center. Overnight at Thon Hotel Bristol

Monday, December 4   Oslo   B D
Breakfast at the hotel. We’ll visit Baerum’s Verk, a historic ironworks village, just outside the city.  It’s decorated for Christmas, and features many small shops of handicrafts, as well as a Christmas Market. Enjoy dinner in one of the historic houses. Overnight at Thon Hotel Bristol

Tuesday, December 5  Oslo   B L
Breakfast at the hotel.  We’ll have a day in the kitchen when we participate in a Norwegian Christmas Cooking Course, then we can dine on the fruits of our labor! This evening, we’ll attend the Nutcracker Ballet. Overnight at Thon Hotel Bristol 

Wednesday, December 6  Depart Oslo   B
Breakfast at the hotel. You have some time for last minute shopping and sightseeing before our mid-morning transfer to the airport. Depart at 2:05 pm, arrive in Reykjavik 3:45 pm. Change planes, depart at 4:45 pm, arrive Minneapolis 5:05 pm

Optional Iceland Stopover 2 or 3 nights:

Wednesday, December 6  Reykjavik – Blue Lagoon   B
Arrive Reykjavik at 3:45 pm.  Transfer to the Blue Lagoon for a warm, relaxing soak in the geothermal water. Then an evening transfer to your centrally located hotel. Overnight at Centerhotel Arnarhvoll 

Thursday, December 7  Golden Circle   B
Breakfast at your hotel. Your Golden Circle guided tour will introduce you to Iceland! See the Nesjavellir geothermal field, and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site where the tectonic plates of Europe and North America meet and one of the world's oldest parliament was founded in 930 AD.  See the Gullfoss (Golden Falls), majestic and thunderous as well as the Geysir geothermal area, home of the famous Geysir and Strokkur hot springs. Return to your hotel, evening at leisure. Northern Lights tours are available. Overnight at Centerhotel Arnarhvoll

Friday, December 8  Reykjavik – Minneapolis or One More Day in Reykjavik   B
Breakfast at your hotel. Morning is at leisure, then transfer to the airport for your return flight to Minneapolis, departing at 4:45 pm.  Arrive Minneapolis at 5:05 pm.

If you stay another day in Reykjavik, you can add another excursion, or spend the day exploring on your own. Overnight at Centerhotel Arnarhvoll

Saturday, December 9  Reykjavik – Minneapolis   B
Breakfast at your hotel. Morning is at leisure, then transfer to the airport with the airport bus for your return flight to Minneapolis, departing at 4:45 pm. Arrive Minneapolis at 5:05 pm.


Norwegian Christmas Experience:

  • Roundtrip, economy-class air on Icelandair from Minneapolis/St. Paul, including taxes and fees, checked bag, onboard individual in-seat entertainment (movies, TV shows and music.  Meals and snacks onboard Icelandair are available for purchase.)
  • Private arrival transfer and city tour with local guide
  • Four nights’ accommodation in standard room with twin or double bed and private bath at the centrally-located Thon Hotel Bristol
  • Breakfast daily (B)
  • Welcome dinner at hotel (D)
  • Christmas dinner at Bærum’s Verk (D)
  • Oslo Pass (48-hour), allowing free entrance to museums and sights, and free public transportation
  • Ticket to Nutcracker ballet
  • Cooking course followed by lunch (L)
  • Private, roundtrip transfers to Baerum’s Verk, and to the cooking class
  • Assistance of Borton Overseas’ staff throughout itinerary

Oslo is a very pedestrian-friendly city, and this trip will require walking for independent activities. Taxis are readily available, and can be used for transportation at your own expense.

Iceland Stopover:

  • Arrival transfer via Blue Lagoon, including entrance
  • Two or Three nights’ accommodation in standard room at Centerhotel Arnarhvoll, including breakfast and taxes
  • Full day, guided Golden Circle Tour
  • Departure transfer with Airport bus


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Trip Duration:

1 - 6 Days