Travel and Learn 2023: Norway and Optional Chasing the Northern Lights Safari Trip Extension

Known for remarkable landscapes and joyous, social people, we'll travel through Norway's best. Our pace of travel will give you time to absorb the wild settings and quirky cities, moving from the iconic to the unexpected without rushing. Peppered around fjords, glaciers, lakes, natural fortresses, and coastal islands, we will find cities that sparkle with Nordic charm. You'll have the opportunity to extend your travel with a Northern Lights Safari. Whether a dental provider or a healthcare professional, you and your guests gain valuable insights through breakfast seminars presented by Dr. Rachel Uppgaard, University of Minnesota oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and hand-selected Norwegian culture and healthcare presenters.

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September 6, 2023 7:00 am - September 13, 2023 8:30 pm

Optional extension trip Chasing the Northern Lights Safari

September 14 to 17, 2023

Course Number: CF3605

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Continuing Dental Education Program

All presentations will occur during breakfast. With space permitting, registered attendees may invite one adult guest to attend presentations at no charge.

Your seminar program will include six hours of oral and maxillofacial content. The continuing education program combines pre-travel Zoom webinars and within-Norway seminars.

The program is eligible for AMA Category 2 credits.

2023 Preliminary Travel Itinerary

SEPTEMBER 2023 PRE-TRAVEL PRESENTATION

1.5-hour Zoom presentation: Ask an Oral Surgeon

We will present this presentation via Zoom before travel begins. We will share the date of the presentation and the link to the video in mid-Spring 2023.

Learn How To
  • Determine when to call your oral surgeon
  • Evaluate infections and communicate urgency
  • Consider what to look for in pathology 
  • Discuss iatrogenic trauma and optimal care 

SEPTEMBER 6, 2023

Arrival at Oslo airport, Norway; meet and greet and private transfer to Hotel Continental or The Thief Hotel downtown Oslo. Time to relax and explore on your own.

SEPTEMBER 7, 2023

Enjoy a half-day private tour of Oslo with an expert guide and driver, seeing some of the main sights of Oslo, which may include: The Vigeland Sculpture park, the New Opera House, the brand-new National Museum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, the Munch Museum featuring The Scream painting, Akershus medieval fortress, and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump.

SEPTEMBER 8, 2023

1.5-hour breakfast presentation: Managing the Medically Fragile Patient

Learn How To
  • Assess the impact of blood thinners, diabetes, immunosuppressants, and bisphosphonates on planned surgical treatment
  • Develop meaningful care strategies for pregnant patients 
  • Consider the impact of coronary artery disease on your patients and care plans

After breakfast, we will have a private transfer to Oslo airport in time for a non-stop flight to Bergen, arriving at Bergen intl. Airport Flesland. Common coach or individual car transfer to Solstrand Spa Hotel located in a beautiful private garden on the shore of the Bjornefjord, 30 minutes outside of Bergen. Great opportunities for different activities, including hiking, biking, sea kayaking, rowing, sailing, golf, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and so much more. Dinner at the hotel in the evening.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2023

1.5-hour breakfast presentation: Medical Emergencies

Learn How To
  • Analyze the most common medical emergencies in your dental office
  • Plan for the unexpected
  • Prepare your team for efficient medical emergency response

Wake up in the picturesque Solstrand Hotel and Spa outside of Bergen. After your breakfast CE program, you will meet with a private expert guide and driver for a full day of sightseeing in Bergen, dating back to the 1070s. You'll visit the old Hanseatic Wharf, the medieval St. Mary Church, take the Funicular to the top of Mount Fløien, and visit Troldhaugen – the home of the composer Edvard Grieg. After this exciting day, you'll return to Solstrand for dinner.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2023

After breakfast, you'll check out of your hotel. Your coach and fjord guide will greet you, and you'll start exploring the most amazing fjords of Norway on the drive from Bergen via Stalheim viewpoint to Gudvangen port. Overnight in Norway at Skjolden Hotel, located on the shores of the Sognefjord. Or, opt for a private fjord cruise by high-speed RIB boats on the Naeroyfjord for an additional $300 per person.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2023

1.5-hour breakfast presentation: The ABCs of Oral Surgery Complications

Learn How To
  • Avoid the most common oral surgery complications
  • Strategize how to minimize iatrogenic trauma
  • Communicate with patients regarding dry socket, paresthesia or altered sensation, sinus complications, root fragments, jaw fractures, and TMD/TMJ

After your final breakfast CE presentation, your guide will bring you to the nearby Nigardsbreen glacier. Several private expert glacier guides will take you for an exciting glacier hiking experience. If interested, the guides can take some of the more adventurous rappelling down into crevasses in the glacier. You'll return to Walaker in the late afternoon.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2023

In the morning, your guide will take you across the fjord to the ancient Urnes Stave Church dating back to the 1070s (on UNESCO World Heritage List). After a church tour, your driver and guide will bring you from Walaker and pass through spectacular fjord scenery of cascading waterfalls, deep fjords, towering mountains, lush forest, and glittering glaciers to the Hjorundfjord. Your accommodations are near the shore of this magnificent fjord at Hotel Union Geiranger. Time for some easy hiking in breathtaking scenery before dinner at the hotel.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2023

Early in the morning, transfer to Ørsta/Volda airport in time for an early flight to Oslo airport, where you will connect with your onward flight. OR you will fly from Oslo airport to Alta for the extension trip.

Optional Trip Extension

$4,995 per person based on double occupancy

The trip extension package includes:

  • Double occupancy at the Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge
  • Non-stop flight from Oslo to Alta and the return flight
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Delicious 4-course dinner each evening
  • Daily guided adventures
  • Picnic lunch
  • Riverboat trip on the majestic Alta River
  • Three midnight, epic northern lights adventures
  • Guided experience with Lapland’s indigenous people - the Sami tribe
  • Mountain biking or hiking options

SEPTEMBER 13, 2023

Arriving at Oslo airport, you will connect with your non-stop flight to Alta in Norwegian Lapland. En route, you will cross the Arctic Circle.

Arriving at Alta airport, far beyond the Arctic Circle,  the Norwegian Adventures representative will greet you and bring you to Sorrisniva Arctic Wilderness Lodge - a small property with only 24 rooms located outside Alta in a pine forest on the banks of the famous Alta River.

The Wilderness Lodge accommodations include comfortable double rooms with a private balcony overlooking the river and the beautiful arctic wilderness.

Having enjoyed a delicious four-course dinner, it is dark, and your private expert guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you on a "Chasing the Northern Lights Safari." Your guide will take you to the places with the most favorable weather conditions, and the chances are best to watch this incredible natural phenomenon. Around midnight your guide will bring you back to the lodge.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2023

After breakfast, your private expert guides will meet you outside your lodge and take you on a great experience in Alta's untouched nature: a riverboat trip on the majestic Alta River – one of the world’s most famous salmon fishing rivers.

You will start outside the hotel as the guides walk you over to the boats on the shore. After a short introduction and safety briefing, you will go on board and embark on an expedition up the Alta River. Please note this is not a white water rafting experience - the Alta river is not that wild!

This boating adventure takes you through the lower reaches of the picturesque valley of "Altadalen" and the Alta River. Coniferous and broadleaf forests dominate the landscape and cultural and agricultural areas. Cruising in a river boat provides a close-up encounter with the animal life, such as white-tailed sea eagles, various duck species, and, if you're lucky, the king of the forest, the moose.

En route, you will be able to enjoy the fantastic scenery. As you learn about Lapland and its indigenous people - the Sami tribe - you will also learn about the salmon fisheries and how people have lived in this part of Norway for centuries.

In the afternoon, you will return to the lodge in time for a late lunch served in the main restaurant. The rest of the afternoon will be at your leisure.

The hotel's restaurant will serve your dinner around 7 PM. After dinner, your private guide will pick you up at the hotel and take you on another

"Chasing the Northern Lights Safari." Around midnight your guide will bring you back to your hotel.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2023

After breakfast at the lodge, you have two choices on how you want to explore the beautiful Arctic wilderness in autumn colors: mountain biking or hiking.

Biking Group

You will be transferred to an activity center to pick up your high-quality, full-suspension bike. Your guide will make any necessary adjustments to your bike; then, you'll be off to the rendezvous place to start your adventure. You'll experience beautiful views, and the best paths, trails, and gravel roads offered in the Alta Valley. En route, you will be served a light, warm picnic lunch sitting around the open fire. After the bike ride, your guide will bring you back to the lodge in Alta in the afternoon.

Hiking Group

Your private guide will pick you up and drive you to the starting point for the hike. The guide will adapt the day to the weather and your fitness level. The journey goes to "Little Raipas" (215 m.s.l.). As you walk on gravel roads and hiking trails, your guide will talk about the old mining industry in these mountains and its significance for those living in Alta today.

As you reach the top and admire the magnificent views of the Alta valley and Alta river, your guide will prepare a light meal for you to enjoy outside while he tells you more about the rich history of Alta. After the hike, your guide will drive you back to your hotel.

You will enjoy another delicious dinner in the hotel's dining room in the evening. After dinner, your private guide will pick you up for another "Chasing the Northern Lights" tour. Return to your lodge around midnight.  

SEPTEMBER 16, 2023

After a very early breakfast and check-out, your private driver will bring you back to Alta airport. Here you will board your flight back to Oslo airport, where you will connect with your onward flight.