Brekke Tours highlights Norway's role in WWII

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- One of the more unusual escorted themed tours from Brekke Tours here focuses on the German occupation of Norway during World War II and the unsung exploits of the Norwegian resistance.

The 11-night, commissionable motorcoach tour -- Norway During World War II -- seems to appeal most strongly to history buffs and teachers, said Danielle Koetterheinrich, associate director at the firm.

The program, set for Aug. 1 through 13, begins in the capital of Oslo, with a visit to the Oslo Resistance Museum, which depicts key events from the first German attacks in 1940 to the advent of peace in 1945.

Also in Oslo, at the waterfront Akershus Fortress, the tour visits the Armed Forces Museum to take a look at Norway's military history, starting from the Viking Age.

Exhibits from the occupied era include a German tank and V-1 Flying Bomb, a predecessor of the cruise missile, used against London in 1944.

Brekke Tours' Norway During World War II trip begins in Oslo, home to the Oslo Resistance Museum and the Armed Forces Museum. The tour proceeds inland to Rjukan, where Norwegian saboteurs halted the production of heavy water, a variety of water that is 10% denser than standard water and, at the begging of the war, was believed to be a key component for building a nuclear bomb.

Other points of historical interest include the remains of the largest German defense works built during the war, located in the fishing village of Bud, and the secret headquarters of the Theta group, which established communication between the Norwegian government in exile in England and the resistance movement.

Even one of the hotel stays is relevant. A night is spent in Voss at the Fleischer's Hotel, which during the war served as the German commando headquarters.

The air-inclusive price of the program is $2,995 per person, double, including air from Minneapolis. Add-ons and other gateways are available.

The single supplement is $390. Agent commission is 10%.

The rate includes daily breakfasts and 10 dinners, a train ride from Voss to Flam and a fjord cruise from Hellesylt to Geiranger.

Other theme tours from Brekke are Norway: A Family Adventure, intended to provide grandparents or parents an opportunity to introduce their children to the country, and Discovering Lutheran Church Traditions.

For more information, contact Brekke Tours at (800) 437-5302, fax to (701) 780-9352, e-mail [email protected]; or visit www.brekketours.com.

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