Flavors of the Eternal Forest, New Scandinavian Cooking

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Flavors of the Eternal Forest

New Scandinvian Cooking

Highlights Include:

  • Spending the day with a local family at Nordenga Farm
  • Learning to cook a traditional Norwegian meal
  • Discovering Viking history & sacred burial grounds
  • Shopping for handmade products at Bærums Verk
  • Exploring the sights, sounds & tastes of Oslo

Photo: Kari Berit

Tour Details

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7 days

2021 Departures: Daily, All Year

This itinerary is part of our New Scandinavian Cooking Travel Series which follows the award-winning PBS TV program hosted by Andreas Viestad. This is an independent itinerary which takes you to some of the regions featured in Season 15. It can be customized to your travel preferences and time frame.

Ringerike is a region in Eastern Norway, northwest of Oslo, dominated by a lush countryside with lakes, hills, and farmland. It is known for outdoor recreation including fishing for trout and perch, walking in the woods, and bicycling. Bird watching, swimming, and canoeing are also popular.

This is sample self-drive itinerary. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences. Daily departures on request all year, though we recommend May - September travel.

Day 1Arrive Oslo, Norway – Ringerike

Welcome to Norway! Pick up your rental car at the airport and start your drive through the nordic countryside. As you pass along the bottom of the Randsfjord, stop at Hadeland Glassworks, Norway’s oldest glassworks founded in 1762. It is the oldest industrial company in Norway and still going strong. Watch the craftspeople as they create stunning works of art through a fascinating creative process. Continue to your hotel for the evening. Overnight in Ringerike

Day 2Explore the Area | Meals: B

This morning enjoy the first of your sumptuous Scandinavian breakfast buffets at your hotel. Visit Ringerikes Museum to learn the history of the area, as well as that of Norway’s fairytale authors Jørgen Moe and Peter Christian Asbjørnsen. On display are weapons and equipment from the German occupation of Norway which paint a brutal picture of the armed resistance in the period from 1940–45. This museum explains how significant people and dramatic events have left indelible marks on Norway’s history!

You can also experience Veien Kulturminnepark. This area was a sacred meeting ground for 1500 years, where priestesses worshipped ancient gods and kings ruled from their great halls. One of these great halls has been reconstructed here, and you’ll also find an archaeological museum with one of the largest burial grounds from Norway’s prehistory. More than 60 generations were buried, many in large mounds, at the communal cemetery that stretches over 247 acres. In the museum’s permanent exhibition, you will wander through time from the end of the Ice Age to the Viking Age. Learn how humans used and shaped the landscape around them and how societies became increasingly complex through revolutionary innovations such as agriculture, all displayed through objects coming from far and wide.

Overnight in Ringerike

Day 3Farm and Forest | Meals: B D

This morning is at your leisure to rest or to take in more of the nearby sights. This afternoon, drive to Nordenga Farm for a visit with local residents Kari Berit and John. Spend time the in the countryside with the option to hike, fish, swim, or just relax by the lake. You’ll also join them in making a wonderful dinner with local ingredients which, depending on the season, can include berries and other fruit, fish, potatoes and other vegetables, meat, sausages, and eggs. Overnight in Ringerike

Day 4Ringerike – Oslo | Meals: B

Journey back to Oslo today. Stop at Baerums Verk, where the old and the new come together. The area is steeped in the history of the iron works, which was in operation from 1610 to 1874. Many of the old buildings are now home to workshops for hand-made products of all kinds, including quilts, glass, and furniture. In addition, the beautiful surroundings feature a rushing river and a park with 28 sculptures by renowned Norwegian artists. Once you arrive in Oslo, return your rental car and check in at your hotel. Try one of the city’s wonderful restaurants for dinner this evening. Overnight in Oslo

Days 5 & 6Oslo | Meals: B

Spend two days exploring the sights, sounds, and tastes of Norway’s capital! Oslo boasts a spectacular setting at the head of the 70-mile long Oslofjord and is the oldest of the Scandinavian capitals, dating to around 900 AD. Although its population of just over half a million is small for a major city, Oslo has a self-assured and cosmopolitan feel with many restaurants, lively nightlife, and wonderful arts and culture. Overnights in Oslo

Day 7Depart Oslo, Norway | Meals: B

Transfer back to the airport for your return flight to the US – or extend your stay in Scandinavia!

  • Six nights’ accommodation in superior rooms
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Four-day compact manual car rental, including insurances, unlimited mileage, and taxes 
  • Day at Nordenga Farm
Not Included
  • All flights and related taxes & surcharges
  • Airline fees including meals, seat reservations, luggage costs
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for passports
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
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