A Private Journey with the Caltech Alumni Association--Cultural Walking Tour
July 12 – 18, 2015
There is no more glorious place to celebrate summer than the fjords of Norway. Whether you’re cruising the bright blue waters...walking on the glaciers that carved the mind-boggling fjords...or exploring the remote villages that cling to the shores, you will gain a wonderful sense of how climate and topography influence history, culture and daily life. Your visit includes stays in both Oslo and Bergen, cities that contain more forest than streetscape. From the rusticity of a 900- year-old rural church to the sophistication of the Munch Museum, this sunlit week brings you in touch an incredible array of Norwegian experiences. Throughout your visit, you will be accompanied by Dr. Mark Simons, Alexx Tobeck, executive director of the Caltech Alumni Association, and expert local guides, who will see to it that your travels leave you enlightened, informed and invigorated.
Our Norway adventure is an active tour. This trip is a nice mix of cultural encounters with countryside and village walking. That usually works out to 2 to 4 hours of walking in a day that lead to visits with interesting locals and exploring sites of cultural and historic interest. We deliberately avoid steep elevation gains or losses, and one could assume 5 to 8 miles walked in cities, towns, villages and countryside paths. From a fitness standpoint, you may not need to train for the trip, but a general level of comfort in being on one’s feet and walking for a several hours a day is going to prove productive.
DAY 1 – OSLO GUIDED VISIT--WHERE CITY AND NATURE CONNECT
DAY 2 – THE FLÅM RAILWAY / NÆRØYFJORD & SOGNEFJORD
DAY 3 – WALK ON NIGARDSBREEN GLACIER OR LAKE KAYAKING
DAY 4 – SOLVORN
DAY 5 – BERGEN / FLØYEN
DAY 6 – BERGEN / MUNCH MUSEUM
DAY 7 – BERGEN / DEPARTURE
Joining us on the trip will be Mark Simons, Professor of Geophysics, Seismological Laboratory, Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, Caltech