Hike, backpack, and sea kayak for two weeks in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Hike, backpack, and sea kayak for two weeks in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Explore deep fjords and big mountains in the Land of the Midnight Sun!
Norway’s got it all – incredible landscapes, a fascinating culture and some of the most stunning summer hiking there is.
After we meet in Oslo, we’ll head north towards Maurvangen, a small town right outside one of Norway’s largest national parks. In Maurvangen we’ll camp, hike and explore some of the most spectacular day hikes Norway has to offer.
From here, we’ll head to Voss to sea kayak through the fjords. Working with professional guides, we’ll learn basic paddling skills before heading out on our three-day trip. We’ll paddle among Norway’s famous fjords, hiking on the second day to look back on just how far we’ve come. We’ll cook together each night with our guides, enjoying Norway’s 24-hour summer light.
We finish with a backpacking trip through Jotunheimen National Park. In one of Norway’s most popular national parks, we’ll enjoy panoramic views from some of Norway’s highest mountains. Our sense of camaraderie will be strong now, and we’ll be at our best as we finish the trek over one of Norway’s most popular locations, the Besseggen Ridge.
Back in Oslo, we will reflect on the things we’ve accomplished and the friends we’ve made. There will be stories to tell, and we’ll know that when we head home, this journey will stay with us forever. Having spent time in such a unique place, with people that we’ve come to rely on, our need to explore will continue to grow.
Initially, we chose Overland because we wanted an active program where our daughter would feel both challenged and supported. Now that she has been on a few trips, we continue to choose Overland because she is developing as a peer and leader in wonderful locations.
- Todd Simkin, Richmond, Virginia
Two weeks of exploration and adventure.
Day 1: Trip Start in Oslo
We’ll meet at the Oslo Airport before hopping on Norway’s world-class public transport to begin our adventure together. We’ll camp as a group right outside the city where we’ll start to get to know one another as we learn basic camping skills, review gear and look at the two weeks ahead of us.
Day 2: Travel to Maurvangen
On our first morning together, we’ll travel north through the beautiful countryside of Norway towards a small town right outside Jotunheimen National Park. At our campground, we’ll have time to set-up our tents, learn what it takes to work together as a team and explore some of the famous trails in the area.
Days 3 & 4: Day Hikes
We’ll start with a number of day hikes, which will help us get our hiking legs underneath us and give us a chance to look at what lies ahead. We’ll start with Bitihorn Mountain and hike either Knutshøe Mountain or the Gjensheim on the second day, both of which will give our group a great look at where we will be finishing our backcountry hike.
Days 5-7: Sea Kayaking the Fjords
Working with professional guides, we’ll learn basic kayak paddling and safety skills. We’ll set off from the beautiful village of Voss and adventure out through narrow inlets, which are walled by sheer cliffs that dive straight into the water. We’ll camp each night at waterside locations, cooking and learning about the Norwegian culture with our guides. Hiking in between the days of paddling, our group will get a great opportunity to look back on just how far they’ve come.
Days 8-11: Hike in Jotunheimen
We’ll make our way back east as we head into Norway’s mightiest mountain range, Jotunheimen National Park. After spending a day preparing, our group will head out to begin what is widely considered the most desired four-day trek in the park. The route offers towering peaks, high glacier plateaus and even the occasional herd of reindeer. Averaging eight miles a day, we’ll continue to grow stronger as group. Passing snow capped peaks and walking along extraordinary glacial lakes, we’ll come to depend on one another. We’ll end the hike on top of a beautiful ridge, giving us the opportunity to look back on everything we accomplished.
Days 12 & 13: Trip End
On our last full day together, we’ll make the journey back to Norway’s capital, where it all began. We’ll remember all the people we met and the places we explored. Our final dinner will give us the opportunity to reflect and appreciate the friendships we made and the adventures we shared in the Land of the Midnight Sun.
7 nights of frontcountry camping. Campground facilities will have flush toilets and may have showers and laundry.
5 nights of backcountry camping, occasionally with access to bathroom facilities.Itinerary may vary by group and is subject to change.
We travel light at Overland.
Things to know
Questions? Call us: 413.458.9672.
The weather in Norway during the summer varies widely, though its climate is relatively temperate. Average temperatures in July range from the 40s to 60s during the day and are cooler at night. Brief rain showers are common, and it can change quickly from sunny and warm to windy, rainy and cold.
You will need to arrange transportation for your child to and from Oslo International Airport (OSL) at trip start and end. We will provide more specific travel information once we have placed your child on a trip.
Groups typically shower and do laundry once a week.
Norway uses the Norwegian krone (plural: kroner). Our leaders can help students withdraw kroner using a debit card or exchange US dollars upon arrival in Norway.
Safety and risk management are at the forefront of our decision-making–from trip planning to leader training to supporting our groups in the field. We cannot guarantee absolute safety–no program can. All recreational activities include inherent risks. Therefore, we strive to manage the risks that we can, knowing we cannot eliminate them. We work hard to recruit, train and support our trip leaders so they can create the kind of trips that have made us successful for over 30 years. Please click here to read more about our approach to risk management and our accreditation by the American Camp Association.
While no previous experience is required, we have high expectations of our students. We expect your child–with your help–to select a trip that is appropriate for their interests and abilities. You should spend some time familiarizing yourself with the details of the specific trip and help your child understand what to expect. We also expect our students to prepare ahead of time: to review the packing list, gather clothing and gear and complete whatever training the trip requires (for recommended training please see the Before You Go tab). Once the trip begins, your child should be ready–and excited–to contribute to a wholesome and enthusiastic group where each group member feels welcomed and valued.
When we receive your application, if your first choice is available, we will: (1) call you to acknowledge our receipt of your application, (2) send you an email with a link to our enrollment forms, and (3) charge a deposit of $795 to your credit card. If your first choice is not available, we will call you to discuss options. For more information, and to access our application, please visit our Apply page.
To maximize independence and self-reliance, we do not permit phone calls, emails or text messages to or from our campers. Your child will call home on arrival and departure with our phones and assistance, and in the case of an emergency. If your child brings a phone for use while en route to Overland, please do not send an expensive smartphone. Instead, an inexpensive prepaid cell phone will do. All phones will be collected on arrival and returned at departure. While we will take reasonable steps to prevent damage, theft or loss, we take no responsibility for phones and we will not make any reimbursements for lost, damaged or stolen phones.
Cameras are welcome but please do not bring any other electronics (e.g., iPods, iPads, Kindles or other readers, GPS or similar devices). All electronics (except cameras) will be mailed home on arrival (at your risk and expense).
We are committed to providing extraordinary support to you and your child. To that end, the Overland office is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. seven days a week during the summer. Outside of office hours, our answering service provides emergency coverage. Our leaders in the field are in touch with our office regularly; they carry cell phones (and in some cases satellite phones). Anytime a camper is treated for an injury or illness by a doctor or other medical personnel, parents are notified by our office. A director will call the parents to explain the nature of the injury or illness, the sequence of events leading up to the injury and/or the steps leading to the treatment. Parents are typically able to speak with the medical personnel, with the leaders and with their child.
Overland strongly recommends that families of students traveling abroad consult their child’s doctor and visit a travel clinic well before the start of the program to discuss options for travel-related vaccinations and medications. These are in addition to your child’s routine vaccinations and regularly prescribed medication.
You and your doctor are encouraged to generally review information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization (WHO) or other sources, in addition to the specifics of your selected program, to consider health issues and determine what, if any, travel-related vaccinations and medications are appropriate for your child. Overland will provide a “Travel Vaccinations & Medications” form to assist with this process.
Getting a letter, card or postcard while on an Overland trip is always exciting. Please keep in mind that sending mail to your child on an Overland trip is different than sending mail to a traditional camp because your child will be on the move. Our experience has been that mail often does not arrive on time, and, sometimes, even when it does, post offices, campgrounds and other mail stops do not reliably deliver mail to our groups. For these reasons:
1. Please do not send anything valuable – please send letters, cards or postcards only. If mail is late, lost or misdirected, Overland’s leaders and staff are not able to return to the post office (or other mail stop) to collect it.
2. Please use the US Postal Service first-class mail only; do not use UPS, FedEx or DHL (many of our mail stops accept US Postal Service mail only).
3. Please do not send overnight letters: many overnighted letters arrive before or after we arrive and are then sent back. For this same reason, please do not send mail that requires a signature upon delivery.
4. Please allow one week for postal delivery to U.S. mail stops.
5. Please allow two weeks for postal delivery to international mail stops.
Get ready to explore the best of Norway.
Students going on Norway Expedition should prepare for:
We expect you to arrive to your trip fully prepared for all activities.
Preparing for the Hiking
On Norway Expedition, you will hike on well-established trails over a wide range of terrain, from meadows to hills to mountains. You'll start with day hikes where you'll carry just the essentials for the day (snacks and lunch, water, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, bug spray and a raincoat). As the group's skills and fitness increase, you'll set out on a multi-day backpacking trip. While backpacking, you will carry all of your belongings (clothes, sleeping bag and pad), some group gear, food and water. Typically when backpacking, pack weights average about 30% of a hiker's weight. In the month before your trip, you should break-in your hiking boots (wear them a lot!) and complete the pre-trip training (see below). Once on your trip, you'll find that enthusiasm and a positive attitude will help to make the trip a success for you... and for everyone in your group.
Preparing for an Overland Experience
Overland trips are wholesome, structured experiences with high expectations of each student’s behavior. You are expected to be enthusiastic, positive, helpful and supportive of your trip mates and your leaders. We ask that you leave your cell phone and electronics at home (cameras are always welcome), so you can fully engage with your group and your trip. Arriving ready for a challenge—and eager to contribute to an enthusiastic group—will go a long way toward creating a successful trip. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss preparing for your Overland trip.