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Norway: Gay Mystery Expedition
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Country info

VISAS: If your passport is from the USA, Canada, or Europe you can stay up to 90 days without a visa. There may be exceptions and all visas are the traveller’s responsibility. Click here for more info.

CULTURE SHOCK: Norway is one of the safest countries in the world to visit, and it comes with all the comforts of home. However, Scandinavians aren’t renowned for being chatty, so don’t be offended if the locals don’t engage you in small talk.

LOCAL LGBT SCENE: Like almost all of Scandinavia Norway is assuredly gay welcoming. Same sex marriage and adoption are legal – a given really – and it’s home to some of the world’s oldest anti-discrimination laws for our community. Gay tourists will feel comfortable across the country but the community congregates primarily in the capital city of Oslo. That’s where this tour ends so why not stick around an extra couple days?

WEATHER: Despite the extra-long days in the summer, temperatures remain cool around here so pack accordingly. Expect highs of 16C/61F with lows of 7C/45 F. You can also look forward to fewer tourists since the vacation rush will be over.

REQUIRED VACCINATIONS: The WHO suggests immunization against Hepatitis A and B, rabies, and influenza before visiting Norway. To determine if you should take preventative measures, talk to your doctor or a travel medical clinic as we cannot provide vaccine recommendations.

ELECTRICITY: You will need an international travel plug/adapter for F-type sockets. Visit power-plugs-sockets.com/norway for more info.

CONNECTIVITY: We hike through some remote parts of the country, with cellular signals to match, but most of our accommodations will have, at the very least, Wi-Fi service so feel free to tweet, post and pin.

How we travel

Out Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever’s on the itinerary – from fireside camping to five-star decadence – our goal is to make the experience magical. We’re also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.

Travel Insurance

For everybody’s peace of mind, medical travel insurance is required on all Out Adventures tours. At a minimum, your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum medical coverage of US $50,000.

Click here for more details on our requirements and how to obtain coverage. We highly recommend that you insure your full purchase, including trip cancellation and medical.

Your guide

All Out Adventures are led by a gay (or gay-welcoming) guide. Whenever possible, we hire destination locals. And we can also connect you with the right people if you’d like to delve deeper into the local culture. If you’re pleased with your guide, we recommend a tip of US $5-10 per person, per day…they’ll certainly appreciate it!

Fellow adventurers

Out adventures are a great way to meet people from around the world and all walks of life. Bear in mind that everybody’s there for a good time, so mutual respect will go a long way. Please be on time for any meet ups, empathetic to the needs of others, and ready to roll with whatever the adventure brings.

Although we can’t tell you who your fellow travellers will be for privacy reasons, we can tell you many great friendships began with an Out Adventure. And just because we’re a gay tour operator doesn’t mean we’re exclusive: friends and family are always welcome to join the fun.

Flying solo

If you’ve never travelled on your own, it’s an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. If there’s an odd number of solos, we’ll rotate a single room on a random basis.

Itinerary disclaimer

The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. If anything, it will only improve with feedback from prior travellers and our own research. It’s best to reference your final trip documents, rather than our website, in case there have been any changes that affect your departure.

Optional activities

Every Out Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see the daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to learn what’s available.

Meals

All breakfasts and dinners are included on this trip, as are most packed lunches for our hikes.

Starting Point

Zander K Hotel
Zander Kaaes gate 8
5015 Bergen
Norway
+47 55 36 20 40

Standard check-in time is after 3PM. We are unable to arrange early check-ins, however you may store your luggage if you want to get out and explore the area while you wait. If you want to guarantee an early check-in, you’ll need to reserve an extra night of accommodation.

Finishing Point

Hotel Bristol
Kristian IVs gate 7
0164 Oslo
Norway
Phone: +47 22 82 60 00

Money

The local currency is the krone (NOK). Norway is considered the world’s first cashless society, so credit cards and electronic payment methods are widely accepted. However we recommend you bring about $400 USD in case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.

Tipping

We even want to keep who we tip a mystery, so we’ve covered all gratuities for included activities and meals. You’ll only need to offer a tip for the Group Leader and any extra drinks or services you buy on the trip (budget roughly $150 USD).

What to bring

Most Out Adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you’ll never schlep far, things can quickly get costlier than a celebrity breakup if you don’t keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb thanks to costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you find along the way.

The following packing list is a guideline, not gospel. Our Out Adventure Specialists are happy to answer any specific questions about how much or little to bring.

Travel Documents:

  • Passport/Visas/Flight Itineraries/Travel Insurance
  • Pre-trip packet
  • Credit/ATM card

General Personal Items:

  • Eye mask/ear plugs
  • Smartphone/camera/tablet/charging cords/International travel plug.
  • Daypack
  • Luggage lock
  • Personal Wipes
  • Guidebook/Phrase book/Reading material
  • Protection for your devices from water

Clothing/Gear:

Shoes

  • Socks (Preferably both hiking and quick-dry socks)
  • Hiking boots (Worn-in)
  • Sandals or Water shoes
  • ‘Nice’ shoes for dinners

Bottoms

  • Underwear (Preferably sweat-wicking briefs)
  • Pants (Preferably lightweight hiking pants with zip-off legs)
  • Shorts
  • Swimwear
  • ‘Nice’ pants for dinners (Not jeans!)

Tops

  • Short-sleeved shirts (Preferably sweat-wicking)
  • Long-sleeved shirts (Preferably sweat-wicking)
  • Sweaters (Lightweight)
  • ‘Nice’ shirts for dinners

Jackets

  • Fleece sweater/jacket
  • Waterproof jacket/poncho

Other

  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sunglasses/Hat
  • Small Umbrella
  • Refillable water bottle(s)
  • Walking sticks/poles (optional)

Health-related Items:

  • Small First aid kit including ibuprofen, acetaminophen, zinc oxide tape and small scissors, blister pads, diarrhea tablets, dioralyte rehydration packs
  • Personal Medication
  • High protection sunscreen/lip balm + sun barrier cream for nose/ears
  • Insect repellent/bite cream/antihistamine
  • Antibacterial gel/wipes
  • Toiletries including toothbrush, toothpaste & deodorant
  • Vaseline to prevent chafing skin and heel friction blisters
  • Blister pads such as Band-aid or Dr. Scholls blister cushions
Groups within Groups

We love when groups of friends join us on an OUT Adventure, whether you’re celebrating a major milestone, or you just love to travel together. However, since we have travellers that will be flying solo, or as a couple, we would love your help ensuring everybody feels welcome and has an epic time. Here are some ways you can give us a hand, while also getting to know and befriending your fellow travellers:

  • Sit with (and get to know) different people at different meals
  • Mix up walking partners on excursions
  • Invite solo travellers to join you for an optional excursion or meal
  • Enjoy inside jokes in privacy, or let the group in on the secret ?

If you’d rather relish an exclusive escape with just your own party, we also offer private departures. This is a great way to create and manage your own holiday guest list, while possibly saving money as well. Please contact one of our Adventure Specialists if you’re interested in a customized quote.

Physical ratings & considerations

All Out Adventures guests must have a good level of health. All tours, regardless of activity level, involve uneven steps, stairs, walking tours, and you will be required to carry your own luggage from time to time. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate individuals with limited mobility unless they are willing to absorb the cost of a private guide/assistant which varies by country and is only possible on a case by case basis. It is also your responsibility to advise Out Adventures of any pre-existing medical conditions that may increase the risk of you requiring medical attention, or that may affect the normal conduct of the tour and the enjoyment of the tour by other participants.

Below is a breakdown of our Physical Rating guide.

1 – Relaxing

  • Very little or no hiking
  • Light activities such as walking, bike tours, paddling or swimming are completely optional
  • Low altitude
  • Suitable for all fitness levels

2 – Light

  • Light walking and hiking (2 hours or less per day and at low altitude)
  • Light activities such as bike tours, paddling or swimming are completely optional
  • Suitable for most fitness levels

3 – Average

  • Light walking and hiking (3 hours or less per day, rarely at high altitude)
  • Some activities such as biking, paddling or swimming. Active days are mixed with relaxed days
  • Suitable for an average fitness level

4 – Demanding

  • Walking, hiking is a component of the tour (can range from 2 hours to 6 hours per day, at various altitudes)
  • Activities such as biking, paddling or swimming may be mixed in
  • Suitable for a good fitness level

5 – Challenging

  • Walking, hiking, biking, paddling or kayaking are the vast majority of the trip (can range from 2 hours to 8 hours per day, generally at high altitude)
  • Activities will likely happen day after day with limited rest days
  • Suitable for above average fitness level

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