VALKYRIE TREK 2017

TRAVEL DETAILS

Cost: $2100

As space is limited, a deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking to secure your place. A payment of $800 is due by May 1, 2017. Final payment of $800 is due by August 1, 2017. Should you withdraw before August 1, 2017, you will receive a full refund less a $500 administration fee. After that date, no refunds are available.

As this trip is limited to eleven people, places will be allocated according to date of receipt of paid registration. As this fee does not include airfare, we suggest that you make sure to book well in advance to assure your timely arrival in Oslo Gardermoen airport on September 15 and your departure from Oslo Gardermoen airport on September 24.

Included in this package:

Accommodation: Participants will be staying in apartments on the mountains overlooking the town of Hemsedal. The apartments are ordinarily used by skiers, hikers and climbers; they are comfortable, but not luxurious. Each apartment can accommodate eight people, with two people sharing a room and includes a full kitchen, a dining area, a sitting area and two bathrooms.

Meals: The trip fee is based upon bed and breakast. Breakfast will be provided each morning. Hiking snacks and lunch supplies will be available at the local grocery store. For dinner, participants can choose to dine in town or purchase their own groceries and prepare dinner in their apartments.

Transportation: To maintain the flexibility and informal atmosphere desired for such a group, transportation during the trip is via rental car and there will be volunteer drivers within the party who will be acting as agents for the other group members, and as such are not retained for hire or reward. They are NOT professional drivers but other trip participants like you; therefore, you will be handling your own baggage. Please note no charge over and above the car rental, which is disbursed in full to the volunteer drivers who hire the vehicles, is included in the overall cost of the trip.

Fees: All entry and/or guide fees at visited sites will be included.


Itinerary

We will pick up participants at Oslo Gardermoen Airport at midday on September 15th and return them to the airport at the end of the trip on the evening of September 23rd. We suggest staying overnight at a hotel near the airport and booking a return flight for September 24th, . During our time in Norway, we will have a flexible itinerary, as the weather in Norway is variable. We plan to hike in the Hemsedal area and farther afield, depending on weather conditions. Weather permitting, we will see the fjords and the Josteldalsbreen Glacier, which is the largest glacier in Continental Europe. We will also visit the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, as well as other sites, depending on the weather and the number of rest days we take.


Other Information:

This trip involves serious mountain hiking., so please make sure that you are fit and properly equipped when you arrive in Norway. Those who reserve a place on the trip will receiving a letter with recomendations regarding a reasonable training schedule, as well as suitable clothing and hiking gear for the trek.

Please restrict your baggage to one 22" suitcase or “rollaboard” and one backpack suitable for sustained day hiking (see equipment list). Our transport is spacious, provided we are not buried in excess baggage. For your comfort and safety, please cooperate with these guidelines.

This is a non-smoking trip.


International Flights:

We recommend that you make early reservation for your international flight to assure your arrival in Oslo in time to meet the group. We will be happy to help you coordinate your bookings with those of the rest of the group. Please check in for your international flight three hours prior to the scheduled departure to allow for possible delays.


Insurance: Very Important!

Please note that our price does not include either travel, cancellation or mountaineering insurance. We strongly recommend that you acquire all necessary types of insurance before making final commitment to travel. Read carefully all Terms and Conditions applicable to whatever policy you acquire to make sure you and your property are adequately protected. The cost of medical treatment abroad for the uninsured can be very expensive, so please make sure that you have the best possible coverage. Most credit card companies offer excellent travel policies if you book and pay for your ticket with their card.


Required Documents and Information:

Name as it appears on your valid passport, your date of birth. Please check that your passport is current!

Mailing address, email, phone numbers.

Special needs or dietary requirements.

Emergency contact information in US and/or Europe.


For more information or to reserve your place, contact Alex at alexg@laconneau.org .