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Norway's Geirangerfjord, a World Heritage site Photo: Courtesy Visit Norway

Scandinavian Journey: Norway, Sweden, and Denmark

Enjoy the dramatic landscapes, contemporary culture, and folk traditions in the land of the Midnight Sun
Starting at $6,974
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Glenn Kranking
Jun 3 - 19, 2014
Glenn Kranking is Assistant Professor of History and Scandinavian Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College. He received his Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University, and has lived and researched in Sweden, Estonia, Finland, and Russia. His area of research includes Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries, nationalism, and minorities. One of his more recent courses looks at Nordic Explorers, from the Vikings to the Polar explorers.

Terje Leiren
Jul 10 - 26, 2014; Aug 7 - 23, 2014; Jul 7 - 23, 2015
Terje Leiren is Professor of Scandinavian Studies and History at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the current holder of the Sverre Arestad Endowed Chair in Norwegian Studies. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of North Texas and taught at the University of Oslo before joining the UW. He is co-general editor of the University of Washington Press book series, “New Directions in Scandinavian Studies,” which has published seven books to date. Terje served as Chair of the Department of Scandinavian Studies from 1995 to 2010 when he returned to full-time teaching and the opportunity to focus on his own research. He has published extensively in Norwegian and Scandinavian-American history and culture. His most recent book is a study of the plays of a radical 19th century Norwegian immigrant, Marcus Thrane. Terje has traveled extensively in northern Europe and has appeared on several television documentary programs about Scandinavia from the Vikings to World War II broadcast on PBS and the History Channel.

Byron Nordstrom
Sep 11 - 27, 2014
Byron Nordstrom is a historian with special expertise in Scandinavia, diplomatic history, and the 20th century, and also has special interest in Scandinavian literature and art history. A native of Minneapolis, Byron received his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota. He recently retired from teaching at Gustavus Adolphus College in 2009, and in the past has also served as a visiting faculty member at the University of Washington, Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of East Anglia.

Byron is the editor of The Swedes in Minnesota, compiler and editor of The Dictionary of Scandinavian History, and author of Scandinavia Since 1500, The History of Sweden, and The Culture and Customs of Sweden. He has contributed chapters in books and written articles on various aspects of Swedish-American life in Chicago and Minneapolis, and authored numerous reference work entries on Scandinavian history. He is also the editor of The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly. His research focuses on neighborhood development and the role of organizations in creating and maintaining identities in Swedish America and on Scandinavia in the 1920s and 1930s.

Patricia Hostiuck
Aug 4 - 20, 2015
A popular and respected naturalist, Patty Hostiuck is well-versed in tropical as well as polar ecosystems. Patty leads trips to the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers, Peru, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Honduras, the Caribbean, and Baja California, as well as Australia, and Borneo. Patty’s high-latitude work has taken her to every northerly nation from the Canadian High Arctic, Greenland, and Iceland to Svalbard, Norway, and Russia. Over 20 trips to Antarctica, Tierra del Fuego, and Patagonia make for a nearly pole-to-pole career!

Patty has led over 50 trips with Smithsonian Journeys. Fun to travel with, she has shared her expertise in mammals, birds, insects, and plants aboard ships and on the trail with thousands of fellow explorers in dozens of remote areas.

David Clapp
Sep 8 - 24, 2015
David Clapp is a respected naturalist and teacher who worked extensively in land conservation and habitat management. David has taught at Northeastern University, lectured on strategies for land protection in the United States, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and consulted for an array of governmental and conservation agencies. He spent his professional career working for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and has led Smithsonian Journey adventures for about thirty years.

His research has included studies in avian populations and breeding birds of various species. Although natural history is his primary focus, David is interested in cultural history, geology, and evolution. He has been involved in ecotourism for more than 30 years and has led tours throughout the world.

Especially through his involvement with ecotourism he has been able to train naturalists, provide natural history materials and work with conservation organizations worldwide. His lectures run the gamut from plate tectonics and the history of the world to flight and migration as it relates to sites being visited. A naturalist of unusual breadth and depth, he has led Smithsonian Journeys practically from pole to pole. David is also an extremely gifted photographer. He is a popular study leader and our travelers consistently express their appreciation for his efforts and enthusiasm.