History

Benefit from our Experience– it's over 100 years in the making!

You would need to look far and wide to find a travel provider that has been around as long as Borton Overseas. We are a proud and well-established 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 US from Scandinavia. In 1986, Vanstrum Travel became a division of Borton Overseas, and continued to expand with land tours and cruise programs throughout Scandinavia and Africa.

Today, we are a thriving tour operator, and our programs have expanded to include South America, Antarctica, Southeast Asia, China, and India. We continue to expand our land and cruise programs as we seek out new partnerships and new destinations. We’re proud of our history, and we look forward connecting with you to plan your journey to one of our extraordinary lands!

As a Borton Overseas client, you'll benefit from our wealth of knowledge, gained through hands-on experience over more than 100 years.

About Our Owner

Kjell Bergh
Kjell Bergh, Chairman and CEO of Borton Overseas

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

Kjell is a native Norwegian and the retired Honorary Consul of the United Republic of Tanzania. He has been a business owner and leader in Minneapolis for over 45 years, and has a deep commitment to the community here, as well as abroad. He 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.

A fervent supporter of important causes in Africa, Kjell worked to combat poaching and contributed to the building of schools and hospitals during his time as Honorary Consul to Tanzania.

100 years of knowledge at your fingertips!

Trust in our first-hand knowledge and over a century of experience, give us a call at 800-843-0602 or contact us online.