Norway, Denmark, Sweden
Oslo, Gothenburg, Helsingborg (Elsinore), Copenhagen
Folk Dancing, Folk Music, Folk Lore, Culture, Art, History, Adventure!
When : June 9-23, 2020
Led by: Lee Otterholt
- See all three Scandinavian countries! Dance with local groups in all three countries! Learn folk dancing with locals.
- Cruise from Norway to Denmark! Dramatic canal boat ride in Sweden!
- For dancers, non-dancers, and anyone with a love of travel and culture.
- Price includes city tours, hotels, breakfasts, 4 dinners, all dance events!
- Find out 29 Reasons Norway ist the most beautiful
Land Only: $2995
Norway in a Nutshell extension
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Jim Gold International tour of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark
led by Lee Otterholt. Video created by Penni Rubin
Day 1: Tuesday, June 9: Fly to Oslo on airline of your choice.
Day 2: Wednesday, June 10:
Arrive Oslo. Take train to Oslo Central Station (“Oslo S”). Walk to Comfort Hotel Børsparken, Tollbugt. 4, Oslo. Check in. Lee meets you in lobby at 6 PM. Welcome dinner. Visit Vigeland sculpture Park and Holmenkollen Ski Jump.
Day 3: Thursday, June 11:
Sightseeing in Oslo including the new Opera House, Folk Museum, Akerhus Fortress and Norwegian Resistance Museum. Possible meeting with Norwegian folk dance group. Overnight again at Comfort Hotel Børsparken.
Day 4: Friday, June 12:
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 13:
Weekend Workshop continues. All meals included from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch.
Day 6: Sunday, June 14:Day 6:
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. Ferry to Denmark. overnight in beautiful Skagen.
Day 7: Monday, June 15:
Ferry to Denmark. 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.
Day 8: Tuesday, June 16:
Drive down Jutland Peninsula to Aarhus, oldest medieval University town in Scandinavia, to hotel and possible meeting with Danish folk dance group.
Day 9: Wednesday, June 17:
Ferry ride to Sjælland, the island that Copenhagen is on. Tour of famous Roskilde Cathedral, then on to hotel in Copenhagen.
Day 10: Thursday, June 18:
Morning tour of Copenhagen. Visit famous “Little Mermaid.” After lunch, free to explore city on your own: Visit Tivoli Gardens, or the adventurous can explore the hippie neighborhood of Christiania. Overnight in hotel in Copenhagen.
Day 11: Friday, June 19:
Drive north to Helsingor, and visit Hamlet’s castle (which Shakespeare called Ellsinore.) Ferry to Sweden, drive beautiful Swedish West Coast to hotel in Gothenburg. Possible meeting with Swedish folk dance group.
Day 12: Saturday, June 20:
Morning sightseeing in Gothenburg, along beautiful canals including stops at the “Fish Church” and the picturesque old part of town known as Haga Nygata. Experience a traditional Swedish Midsummer celebration together with thousands of Swedes in a beautiful city park! Dance with a Swedish folk dance group in the afternoon and celebrate that evening with a barn dance and watch a recreation of medieval Swedish dance rituals on a aristocratic estate in the countryside!
Drive to historic Fredrikstad and explore this historic old fortress town. Possible dance meeting with local international folk dance group..
Drive up beautiful west shore of the Oslo Fjord, visiting the quaint town of Drøbak (where Lee lived before moving to the US) before arriving back at the Comfort Hotel Børsparken in Oslo and a (tearful!) farewell dinner.
Day 15: Tuesday, June 23:
Fly back to US. (The Comfort Hotel Børsparken is very close to the Oslo S train station. Trains run from there to the OSL airport all day and night.)
Land Only: $2995
Extension: “Norway in a Nutshell”
Day 14: Tuesday, June 23: Morning train to Bergen, over the top of the Norwegian mountains. Explore Bergen afternoon and evening. Overnight in hotel.
Day 15: Wednesday, June 24: 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 15: Thursday, June 25: Fly back to US. (The Comfort Hotel Børsparken is very close to the Oslo S train station. Trains run from there to the OSL airport all day and night.)
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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