We Welcome Your Application to Join Us!

We build each of our groups with care, keeping the groups small (no more than twelve students), and paying close attention to age, grade, gender, and the mix of hometowns and schools. Our goal is to put together great groups — groups where nice kids thrive in a supportive, wholesome, and caring environment. Please note: availability as shown is based on students traveling without a friend; if your child is interested in traveling with a friend, please call our office for availability.

Important Information about Availability

Available

This departure of this trip has good availability. Apply as soon as possible since availability changes quickly.

Limited

This departure of this trip has limited availability. Apply as soon as possible, and on receipt of your application, if space is still available, we’ll confirm a spot for you. If all of the spots are taken, we’ll call you to discuss options.

Call

This departure of this trip is currently full — please call us to discuss options.

How to Apply

Apply online using a credit card for the $795 deposit (your card will not be charged until we confirm a spot for you). Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received (we do not hold spots over the phone).

When to Apply

The flow of applications starts in July and peaks in January/February. Some groups fill by the December holidays, and others will have space into the late spring. Our advice? Apply as soon as possible — it only takes a few minutes — and we’ll get to work right away to find a great spot for you.

Questions?

Call (413.458.9672) or email (info@overlandsummers.com). We look forward to hearing from you.

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Katie

Hometown: Clarksville, Maryland

Norway Expedition   •   Summer of 2019

I am a sophomore at the University of Michigan in the Program in the Environment specializing in Policy. On campus, I am involved in the Michigan Backpacking Club and Society of Les Voyageurs which is our outing club! The summer before entering high school I completed the Writing and Hiking New England Overland trip and my summer before college I journeyed overseas for Norway Expedition. I am so excited to be leading Maine Coast Explorer this summer!

Impactful, Immersive, Challenging, and Fun!
The Best Part…

My favorite part of Norway Expedition was finishing hiking along Besseggen Ridge on the final day of our backpacking trip through Jotunheiman National Park. Feeling amazed, exhausted, excited all at once, our group stood in awe as we looked over the clear blue fjords. Thinking the day could not get any better, we continued down the mountain only to encounter a herd of reindeer wandering through the fields. It was truly an incredible day!

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The Most Unexpected Part…

The most unexpected part of Norway Expedition was how much I enjoyed the simple act of cooking and spending time together after a long day on the trail or water. Connecting over dinner and dessert circle allowed us to get to know each other better and recap the most memorable parts of the day. These moments helped our team grow stronger and we went into each new challenge even more confident than before.

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My Group…

My Overland group was amazing! Though we came from different backgrounds and from all over the country, we had a common goal of pushing ourselves physically and mentally over the two weeks we spent together in Norway. By the end of the trip, we accomplished more than we ever thought we were capable of doing! I still keep in touch with my group regularly and feel so lucky that Overland brought us together.

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My Leaders…

My leaders Lucy and Forrest were inspiring and insightful. With my leaders, difficult hikes turned into opportunities for hilarious trail games and meaningful conversations. Their advice and leadership challenged my group to bond as a team to not only push ourselves through the physical challenges of backpacking and sea kayaking but grow mentally together as well. Because of my leaders, I left Norway feeling confident in my ability to take on new challenges in the future.

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What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about doing this trip?

To anyone taking on Norway Expedition, my advice would be to go in with an open mind and be yourself! Overland is an incredible experience because it brings together unique individuals who all have a common aspiration to challenge themselves in new ways. Anything can happen on an Overland trip so by being true to yourself, you'll be able to work with your team and leaders to accomplish amazing things together!

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