Wednesday, September 6, 2023 - Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Travel & Learn 2023: Norway

Join the University of Minnesota's Continuing Dental Education program for an incredible opportunity to experience the many different facets of Norway, with the option to extend your trip to chase the northern lights in the Artic Circle.


Have you been longing for a European escape, but don't know where to start planning the perfect trip? Join the University of Minnesota's Continuing Dental Education program for an incredible opportunity to see all that Norway has to offer. With a culturally-rich itinerary and uniquely Nordic experiences, you are sure to fall in love with the natural wonders that Norway possesses.


Whether you are a dental provider or a healthcare professional representing one of many fields, you will have the opportunity to attend breakfast seminars presented by Dr. Rachel Uppgaard, Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University of Minnesota. Covering a variety of topics from oral surgery to managing patient care, these seminars form an important and informative part of your Continuing Education course credits.



  • Depart from your home airport



  • Arrival at Oslo airport in Norway
  • Meet and greet with travel staff at the airport; private transfer to Hotel Continental
  • Free time to relax and explore Oslo on your own



  • Half-day private tour of Oslo with an expert guide to see some of Oslo's best sites, such as:
  • The Vigeland Sculpture park
  • The New Opera House
  • Akershus Medieval Fortress
  • And more
  • Afternoon to explore more of Oslo on your own



  • 1.5-hour breakfast presentation: Managing the Medically Fragile Patient
  • Check out of the Hotel Continental
  • Fly to Bergen, Norway
  • Transfer to the Solstrand Spa Hotel, located on the shore of the Bjørnefjord
  • Opportunity to partake in different activities found at Solstrand, including: rowing, sailing, golf, indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • Choice of privately guided tour: hiking, biking, or sea kayaking (guests will make their selection during the registration process)
  • Group dinner at the hotel



  • 1.5-hour breakfast presentation: Medical Emergencies
  • Sightseeing in Bergen with a private guide where you'll explore the town's best sights:
  • The old Hanseatic Wharf
  • The medieval St. Mary Church
  • Ride the Funicular to the top of Mount Fløien
  • Troldhaugen – the home of the composer Edvard Grieg
  • Group dinner at the hotel


SEPTEMBER 10, 2023

  • Check out of the Solstrand Spa Hotel
  • Drive from Bergen via the Stalheim viewpoint to Gudvangen port
  • Option to board a private fjord cruise by high-speed RIB boats on the Naeroyfjord to the village of Solvorn
  • This activity is optional; see details below
  • Travelers who do not wish to take a RIB boat will continue on with the private coach at no additional cost
  • Check in to the Skjolden Hotel, located on the shores of the Sognefjord
  • Dinner at the hotel


SEPTEMBER 11, 2023

  • 1.5-hour breakfast presentation: The ABCs of Oral Surgery Complications
  • Tour of the Nigardsbreen glacier, where several private guides will lead you on an exciting glacier hike
  • For interested travelers, the guides can bring you rappelling down into glacial crevasses


SEPTEMBER 12, 2023

  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage site, Urnes Stave Church
  • Check out of the Skjolden Hotel
  • Travel through spectacular Hjørundfjord scenery of cascading waterfalls, towering mountains, lush forests, and glittering glaciers
  • Check in to the Hotel Union Geiranger
  • Take advantage of the hotel's amenities and serene setting
  • Dinner at the hotel

SEPTEMBER 13, 2023

  • Check out of the Hotel Union Geiranger
  • Early morning transfer to Ørsta/Volda airport
  • Flight to Oslo airport, where you will connect with your onward flight


September 7, 2023: breakfast, lunch, dinner

September 8, 2023: breakfast, lunch, dinner

September 9, 2023: breakfast, lunch, dinner

September 10, 2023: breakfast, lunch, dinner

September 11, 2023: breakfast, lunch, dinner

September 12, 2023: breakfast, lunch, dinner

September 13, 2023: breakfast 

Itinerary and meals are subject to change

Fjord RIB Boating Experience

Optional Add-On Experience

September 10, 2023

What better way to experience Norway's famous fjords than on a small, private boat tour? When transferring from the Solstrand hotel to the Skjolden hotel, you can choose if you would like to take a high-speed Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) along the world-renowned Nærøyfjord or continue onward with the group's charter bus. These small boats provide a smooth yet exhilarating ride that is suitable for most travelers, as they treat you to an immersive experience between towering mountains and scenic shorelines. You will be greeted by your captain, a local expert and bonafide naturalist, who will take you on this 2 ½ hour journey as you learn about the natural and cultural significance of the fjords.

This unforgettable adventure is available at an additional cost of $300 per person. Those who do not wish to experience the RIB boats are welcome to ride the private bus to the next location at no additional cost. The bus ride takes approximately two and a half hours.