Norway, Denmark, Sweden
Oslo, Gothenburg, Helsingborg (Elsinore), Copenhagen
Folk Dancing, Folk Music, Culture, Art, History, Adventure!
When : June 13-27, 2023
Led by: Lee Otterholt
★ See all three Scandinavian countries
★ Dance with local groups in all three countries
★ Learn folk dancing with locals
★ For dancers, non-dancers, and anyone with a love of travel and culture
★ Cruise from Norway to Denmark
★ Midsummer festivities in Sweden
★ Price includes city tours, hotels, breakfasts, 4 dinners, all dance events!
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Day 1: Tuesday, June 13: Fly to Oslo on airline of your choice.
Day 2: Wednesday, June 14
Arrive Oslo. Take train to “Nationaltheatret Stasjon” (The “National Theater Train Station” is one stop beyond Oslo S, the main train station in Oslo.) Walk approx. 3 blocks to Thon Hotel Europa, St. Olavsgate 3, Oslo and check in. The tour starts when we meet in lobby at 6pm to get to know each other and go out to eat a Welcome Dinner at an historic restaurant in Oslo. Visit Vigeland sculpture Park.
Day 3: Thursday, June 15
Sightseeing in Oslo including new Opera House, Folk Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum, Akerhus Fortress and Norwegian Resistance Museum. Possible meeting with Norwegian folk dance group. Overnight Thon Hotel Europa.
NUSFJORD, NORWAY – Juli 21, 2011 – Fishing village in Nusfjord, Lofoten, Norway
Day 4: Friday, June 16
Drive to historic Sandefjord. Explore historic town and beautiful Land’s End peninsula. Begin weekend workshop at Skiringssal College: Join 50-70 other international folk dancers from all over Norway in a weekend of dancing, live music and instruction, led by Lee Otterholt. Dinner and overnight at Skiringssal College.
Day 5: Saturday June 17
Weekend Workshop continues. All meals included from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch.
Day 6: Sunday, June 18
Weekend Workshop concludes with lunch at Skiringssal College. After tearful farewell to new folk dance friends, drive through picturesque towns on the south coast of Norway to Kragerø (birthplace of Thor Heyerdahl). Ferry to Denmark. Overnight in beautiful Skagen.
Day 7: Monday, June 19
Explore picturesque Skagen at the very tip of the Jutland peninsula. Nature walk to where the Skagerrak meets the Kattegat Straight. (You can stand with a foot in each sea!) or visit museum of famous local artists. Meeting with local Danish folk dance group in Hjørring in the evening.
Day 8: Tuesday, June 20
Drive down Jutland peninsula to Århus and take ferry to Sjælland (the island that Copenhagen is on.) Check in to Thon Partner Hotel Høje Taastrup in Høje Taastrup, just outside of Copenhagen.
Day 9: Wednesday, June 21
Take train into Copenhagen. Guided city tour in the morning. Free in the afternoon. (Visit Tivoli?)
Day 10: Thursday, June 22
Drive to Helsingør and visit Hamlet’s castle, “Elsinor” (actual name: Kronborg Castle). Ferry to Sweden then drive up Swedish West Coast to Grand Hotel Alinsås outside of Gothenburg.
Day 11: Friday, June 23
Drive in to Gothenburg to celebrate Midsummer’s Eve there during the day, then drive to back to Grand Hotel Alingsås and the nearby Nääs Castle where we will be guests at a dance party with live music and many Swedish dancers in the “Lekhuset” (“Playhouse”) on the grounds, then witness a dramatic recreation of
a Medieval Torch Dance Ceremony at midnight. (!)
Day 12: Saturday, June 24
Morning free to explore the Nääs Castle area then witness the recreation of a 19th Century “bondbröllop” (“farmer’s wedding”) at Nääs Castle in the afternoon. Overnight again at Grand Hotel Alingsås.
Day 13: Sunday, June 25
Drive to historic Fredrikstad, stopping at Tanum to see ancient “helleristinger” (petroglyphs). Walking tour of the Old Town within the Fredrikstad Fortress. Overnight at Quality Hotel in Fredrikstad.
Drive up beautiful west shore of the Oslo Fjord, visiting the quaint town of Drøbak (where Lee lived before moving to the US) and dancing with local international folk dancers there before arriving back at the Thon Hotel Europa in Oslo and a (tearful!) farewell dinner.
Day 15: Tuesday, June 27
Fly back to US. (The Thon Hotel Europa is very close to the Nationaltheatret Train Station. Trains run from there to OSL airport all day and night.)
Extension: “Norway in a Nutshell”
Day 15: Tuesday, June 27
Morning train to Bergen, over the top of the Norwegian mountains. Explore Bergen afternoon and evening. Overnight in hotel.
Day 16: Wednesday, June 28
Take morning train to Voss, then bus to Gudvangen to fjord cruise through spectacular scenery to Flåm. Then take Europe’s steepest railroad from sea level at Flåm to the snowy mountain tops at Myrdal to catch the train back to Oslo. Overnight at Comfort Hotel Børsparken in Oslo.
Day 17: Thursday, June 29
About Lee Otterholt:
Lee Otterholt, born in the USA of Norwegian-American parents, has lived and worked most of his life in Norway as a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He founded the Center for International Folk Dance in Oslo; he was also professor of dance folklore at the Norwegian National College of Ballet, and University College of Oslo. Lee established folk dance and performing groups in Norway, taught at festivals and workshops throughout Europe, United States, and East Asia, and is the author of folk dance and instructional manuals used in Norwegian schools. Lee was one of the choreographers for the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer.
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