A Pilgrim's Journey Through Norway


This tour has been postponed until late July/early August 2022.  More details will be provided at a later date.

July 30 - August 9, 2021

Join alumni and friends of Luther College on a hiking tour in Norway!  Experience the beauty of the Gudbrandsdal valley on foot, beginning near Lillehammer and following a portion of the ancient pilgrim path to Trondheim, ending at Nidaros Cathedral. Accommodation will be at hotels and farms along the way, enhancing engagement with the local culture along the pilgrim route. The trip will also include a visit to the Peer Gynt Festival, one of Norway’s most famous cultural festivals, a concert in the Rondane Mountains featuring Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite,” and guided tours of Oslo and Lillehammer.


The tour will be led by Luther College professors Maren and Elliott Johnson. Maren is an associate professor of Nordic Studies, teaching Norwegian language and Nordic literature and culture. She also directs the Torgerson Center for Nordic Studies. Elliott joined the Luther faculty in 2019 as an Instructor in Education. The Johnsons have significant experience in Norway and they have hiked the pilgrim path before.

Physical Requirements

This tour is for experienced hikers who can hike 10-14 miles a day and handle steep elevations.

Program Cost - Land Only Tour

The cost will be approximately $3,200 and does not include air travel. The tour is limited to 18 people. It will begin Friday, July 30, with a group dinner at Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel (Holbergs Gate) in Oslo, and will end in Oslo on Monday, August 9.

If government-issued travel restrictions prevent the tour from going in 2021, the tour will be rescheduled for late July/early August 2022. 


  • Accommodations for 10 nights with baggage transportation service between stops.
  • Guided 6-day hike under the leadership of Professors Maren and Elliott Johnson 
  • Day tours of Oslo and Lillehammer
  • 26 meals, including daily breakfast, most lunches, and 10 group dinners.
  • Ticket and English audio guide for Peer Gynt Festival.
  • Ticket for Edvard Grieg concert in Rondane Mountains. 
  • Maihaugen entry fee in Lillehammer. 
  • Oslo Pass for the city tour of Oslo.
  • Transportation from Oslo to Lillehammer and from Trondheim back to Oslo.
  • All taxes and gratuities on included services, including tips.

Not included: Round trip flight to and from Oslo; airport transfers to and from Oslo hotel.

Contact Karen Martin-Schramm for more information.