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