My father grew up along the Oslofjord, between Oslo and Drøbak, and my mother’s side of the family is from Småland in Sweden. We took our first family trip to Norway when I was 14. That trip led to a B.A. and graduate studies in Scandinavian Studies and Norwegian. I spent eight summers teaching Norwegian at Sons of Norway’s Camp Norway program, and lived in Norway for over two years, working and attending the Unversity of Oslo. I have traveled extensively throughout the country by car, train, plane, and twice on the coastal steamer roundtrip between Bergen and Kirkenes. I have sailed along the southern coast, skied on the Hardanger Plateau, and hiked in the fjord country.
- Allow “down” time. If possible, spend at least two nights in each place.
- Picnics work better than restaurants, because they don’t require sitting still or being quiet. They are also great money savers, and grocery shopping is a fun cultural experience for all ages.
- Make sure that each member of your family has a fun and memorable activity - coffee with Great Aunt Sigrid for you, mountain biking for your teenager, a hands-on aquarium for the youngest. Many activities, like RIB boat safaris, the Fløibanen funicular, and outdoor folk museums, are popular with everyone. The Borton Overseas Scandinavia Department can give you lots of good ideas.