Norway Gay Mystery Expedition

Don’t Ask Questions and Book Your Spot on the World's First Gay Mystery Tour

DESCRIPTION

Over the last decade we’ve led countless fellows on a slew of sensational adventures. But are you brave enough to relinquish control and let us take the wheel? We’re heading to Norway for the world’s first Gay Mystery Expedition. On this adventure, passengers will only know their starting point and little else. Expect some sweaty Scandinavian scampering...this is a physically demanding trip after all. You’ll also be treated to quintessential local delicacies and signature local accommodations. Are you in?

QUICK FACTS

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
Starts In: Bergen, Norway
Ends In: Oslo, Norway
Group Size: Min 4, Max 14
Deposit : $750
Accommodation: Hotels, B&Bs and Simple Lodges
Physical Rating: 5/5

DEPARTURES & PRICES:

Aug. 28, 2020 to Sept. 6, 2020 - 6795.00 USD

HIGHLIGHTS

• Throw caution to the wind, give up control and join the world's first Gay Mystery Tour
• Sweat your way through several active adventures that will take you to the soaring heights of Norway's mountains and into the depths of her fjords and ravines
• Immerse yourself in urban Scandinavian culture and rugged Nordic wilderness
• Close your eyes and take a bite of some local "delicacies"
• Sleep in a range of truly unique accommodations

Hei der! Welcome to Norway! Our trip kicks off with a Group Meeting in the hotel at 6PM. That’s when we'll finally start to reveal what lies ahead. Meet your Tour Leader, Host and fellow travellers before we review tomorrow’s itinerary. Then we'll hit the town for a traditional Welcome Dinner and cocktails.

Every evening will reveal the following day's itinerary. While you won't get a peep out of us now, you can expect scenic drives, epic adventures, and even a happy ending. Just trust us and let it happen...you won’t regret it.

Congratulations! You survived the world's first Gay Mystery Expedition. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure.

• Breakfast and Dinner daily, plus most lunches
• All land and ferry transportation
• Arrival Shuttle Bus Ticket to Out Adventures’ joining point hotel
• Departure Train Ticket from Out Adventures’ finishing point hotel

• Expert local English-speaking Tour Leader and Host
• 10 nights of accommodations
• All gratuities except for Group Leader

• International airfare
• Alcoholic drinks during included meals
• Some lunches
• Spending money 

• Items of a personal nature
• Visa fees
• Gratuities for Group Leader
• Travel insurance – mandatory for all travellers. Visit www.outadventures.com/insurance for more details.

Out Adventures is all about good times with like-minded guys. Whether we’re sitting around a campfire or indulging in five-star decadence our goal is to make the experience magical. We also support the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations whenever possible, and seeking out authentic local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.

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. 

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

This tour is rated 5/5. All guests must have a good level of health. All tours involve uneven steps, stairs, walking, and you will be required to carry your own luggage. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate individuals with limited mobility on this tour. It is also your responsibility to advise Out Adventures of any pre-existing medical conditions or hospitalization within the past two years that could warrant medical attention, or that could put your safety at risk, and/or affect the normal conduct of the tour and 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

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.

For more details, visit www.outadventures.com/insurance.

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.

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

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).

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.

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

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.

Out Adventures are a great way to meet people from 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 about fellow travellers for privacy reasons, we can tell you many great friendships began on an OUT Adventure. We're also not gay-exclusive: friends and family are always welcome to join!

If you've never travelled on your own, it's an amazing way to learn about yourself while making new friends. We can arrange for you to share a room with someone 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 to keep things even.

All Out Adventures are led by gay (or gay-welcoming) guides. Whenever possible, we hire destination locals, and will connect you with people if you'd like to delve deeper into the local culture.

The itinerary is correct at time of publishing. Please reference your final trip documents, rather than our website, for final details and any changes that may affect your departure.