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Uniquely Augsburg Travel Experiences

As we celebrate 150 years of Augsburg we hope that you will consider joining us on one of four once in a lifetime trips!

These travel programs are led by Augsburg faculty who add distinction and expertise to every landmark, offering an educational experience you can’t find anywhere else. Each customized tour has a uniquely Augsburg characteristic and quality. Immersing yourself into new cultures with Augsburg parents, friends, and alumni is an experience you will never forget.

If you’d like to be kept in-the-know about upcoming Augsburg Cultural Travel Program opportunities, email Katie Code ’01 at codek@augsburg.edu or call 612-330-1178.


 

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Norway Arts & Culture

Led by Darcey Engen ‘88 & Luverne Seifert ‘85

May 8-18, 2020

The tour will include theater productions, concerts, and historical landmarks and will explore the rich and vibrant arts and culture of Norway.

Travel and explore Norway alongside two Augsburg Theater Alums, co-leaders Darcey Engen ’88, Augsburg University professor of theater, and her husband, Luverne Seifert ’83, Minneapolis Actor and instructor in the BA Performance Program at the University of Minnesota, their expertise will make this trip and these experiences truly a once in a lifetime, Uniquely Augsburg experience. To read the full brochure follow this link 

This tour will include

Four days/3 nights in Oslo:

Enjoy the global city of Oslo, the Norwegian capital, overlooking amazing vistas of mountains and the harbor. Oslo is known for its many cultural attractions and for its pedestrian-friendly navigation. This group will visit Frogner Park, Viegland Sculpture Garden, Ibsen Sitat, Oslo Opera House, Bygdoy, Ekeberg Park and the National Theater. This group will join the other group to explore the Nobel Pece Center and the Norwegian Nobel Institue. 

Multiple days in the Fjords:

Stops include a visit to the Blåvarveverket Cobalt Works, Stalheim and then we will experience the award-winning “Norway in a Nutshell.” passing through magnificent Narøyfjord, a UNESCO site. Visit the Hardanger Folkemuseum and other stops along the Hardanger Tourist Route. Stops may also include Blåvarveverket, Kistefos Museum or Hadeland Glassverk

Multiple days in Bergen:

Experience the city surrounded by mountains and the second-largest city in Norway. Along the way visit the Hardanger Folkemuseum in Utne. Stops to include a tour of Den National Scene, Troldhaugen, featuring a noontime concert. Visit theater or art galleries at the University of Bergen. Walking tour of the Hanseatic waterfront with a visit up Mount Floyen. Spend an unforgettable day celebrating Syttende Mai in Bergen at the festival.

 

Norway Now: Exploring Peacemaking, the Environment, and Climate Change

Led by Joe Underhill & Bettine Hoff Hermanson

May 9-19, 2020

This tour will explore Norway’s peace work, government, and environmental agencies. This tour is co-led by Bettine Hoff Hermanson, managing director of the Human Rights Forum at Augsburg as well as Norway Hub, and Joe Underhill, associate professor of political science, director of environmental studies, and program director of the Human Rights Forum, their expertise will make this trip and these experiences truly a once in a lifetime, Uniquely Augsburg experience. To read the full brochure follow this link 

This tour will include…

Multiple days in Oslo

This bustling city offers much for guests to explore. As a global center of Peacemaking visits will include Peace Prize Center, Norwegian Nobel Institute, Climate House, Losæter as well as tours of local museums including but not limited to Vigeland Park,

Lillehammer, Loen, Balestrand

Experience the award-winning “Norway in a Nutshell.” the perfect opportunity to experience the magnificent Norwegian landscape. On this trip, we will pass through magnificent Narøyfjord, a UNESCO site. With this trips focus on the environmental sustainability we will explore locations like the Lom Climate Park, the Norwegian Fjellcenter, Loen Skylift or the Norwegian Glacier Museum.

Multiple days in Bergen

Experience the city surrounded by mountains and the second-largest city in Norway. Stops may include a tour of the Hanseatic waterfront, a visit up Mount Fløyen (maybe even a hike) and spend an unforgettable day in Bergen celebrating Syttende Mai.

Heritage Tour: Historic Cities, the Alps, and the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Led by Dr. Lori Brandt Hale & Dr. Hans Wiersma

July 15-26, 2020

This tour will focus on Bavaria, Germany, with stops in Nuremberg, Salzberg, and additional nearby locations. The hottest ticket in Europe every ten years is for the centuries-old Oberammergau Passion Play.  We have secured prime seats for this once in a decade experience. Dr. Brandt Hale, a religion professor who specializes in the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Dr. Wiersma, a Luther and Reformation scholar, their expertise will make this trip and these experiences truly a once in a lifetime, Uniquely Augsburg experience. To read the full brochure follow this link 

Three days in Nuremberg with day trips to Coburg, Bamberg, Flossenburg.

While in Nuremberg explore the medieval center, fortress and old town.  Outside of Nuremberg stops will include Coburg Castle, where Martin Luther lived for a time in protection. Bamberg medieval historic center, a UNESCO Heritage Site, and the concentration camp at Flossenburg where Dietrich Bonhoeffer died.

Saltzburg

Explore historic sites related to Mozart, see monuments from both the Baroque and Renaissance periods, visit St Peters Church, Salzburg Cathedral and the Fortress of Hohensalzburg.

Bavarian Alps

While we travel through this breathtaking landscape out stops will include famous WWII sites like Hitlers Eagles Nest, Berchtesgaden, the Salt Mines. In the Abbey of Ettal and King Ludwigs Linderhof Castle.

Oberammergau

Stay for two nights in Oberammergau to take in the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play. This play has been performed since 1634 and has played every 10 years since then.

Munich/Augsburg

In Munich enjoy a city tour with stops that may include Nymphenburg Palace, Marienplatz, Frauenkirche & the Olympic Stadium.

In Augsburg Germany where our own Augsburg takes its name from Martin Luther’s colleague, Phillip Melanchthon delivered the Augsburg Confession to the diet in 1530. We hope to connect with city leadership to celebrate our connection and enjoy a guided city tour including the Fuggerei, St Annes Church and museum.

Spiritual Journey to Norway, Hiking the Pilgrim’s path to Nidaros

Led by Rev. Sonja Hagander

August 4-13, 2020

Join us for an informational meeting on Monday, November 4 at 6:30 pm at Augsburg for more in-depth information about this once in a lifetime trip.  Please RSVP to Katie Code ’01 at codek@augsburg.edu 

In August 2020, the Rev. Sonja Hagander, Augsburg University Vice President for Mission and Identity, will lead a hike to the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway—a pilgrimage made by travelers for more than 1,000 years. Along the way, you will learn about history and culture, and experience firsthand some of the most beautiful nature in the world. This trip is intended for experienced mountain hikers. Hagander has hiked parts of this trip twice and will be joined by a ground guide who will travel with the group. This trip will be limited to 22 participants and it is expected to sell out quickly. 

 

This trip includes 19 meals, all entrance fees for the Peer Gynt Festival, all motorcoach transfers, gratuities, and lodging. It does not include airfare.

Day 1-2 Group will gather in Lillehammer and will visit the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue and then will travel to Gala

Day 3 Group will attend a performance of the Peer Gynt Festival, ticket and English guides are included in the trip cost.

Day 4 Hike begins at the Dovre Church with overnight in Furuhaugli. (20 Kilometer hike)

Day 5 Hike departing Furuhaugli to Hjerkinn (15 Kilometer hike)

Day 6  Hike departing Hjerkinn to Kongsvold (12 Kilometer hike)

Day 7 Drive to Svorkmo at Hongslo and then walk to Skaun (20 Kilometer hike)

Day 8 Leave Orkanger traveling by coach to Kastberga and then walk into Trondheim (12 Kilometer hike). Receive reception at the Pilgrim Center on the grounds of the Cathedral.

Day 9 Individual Exploration of Trondheim and attend evening Pilgrim Service with farewell dinner to follow

Day 10 After breakfast participants can begin the trip back to the US or can continue on with their own travels.

 

Pilgrimage Hike Physical and Gear Requirements

This travel program is for experienced hikers, preferably mountain hiking. The amount of hiking is up to 12.5 miles during a day (see August 7) and at steep inclines of up to 1,000 feet during a day (see August 9). The hiking paths are unpaved and require surefootedness. A good fitness level is required to fully participate. Baggage is transported from hotel to hotel by motorcoach.

 

Start a walking/hiking plan ahead of time. Work your way up to 10 miles/day by the time we depart for the pilgrimage.  Begin with a walking plan. Consider walking with a personal pack of 15# by summer 2020.  Check-in with your health professional and have a full physical in the months before the pilgrimage.  More details and plans for preparing physically provided at the group meeting in November. 

Below is a link with good advice for your physical preparation:

www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/thru-hiking-goal-training.html

Prepare your feet. Get good, rigid, ankle-supporting walking or hiking boots and break them in early (blisters are a part of a pilgrimage, and putting your feet into new un-stretched shoes won’t help). 

Hiking Gear: Gear lists will be provided at the November meeting.  Consider Gore-tex rain gear, merino wool long underwear, and hiking socks, hat, small daypack/with water reservoir, midweight fleece jacket and light down/synthetic jacket for colder days.  Suitcases will be transported by bus daily, but personal gear, snacks, lunch, etc., will be carried in a small daypack by each pilgrim. The Peer Gynt Festival performance runs “rain or shine,” so consider that in your gear preparation.  

 

Contact Katie (Koch) Code ’01, Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations, at codek@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1178 if you are interested in learning more about Augsburg’s travel opportunities or to be placed on a list to receive the most up to date information about the trips.