Peer Gynt is a legendary figure in Norwegian folk tales, and in this experience he plays the main role. Henrik Ibsen's ‘Peer Gynt’ is considered a literary masterpiece, both in Norway and abroad. On the outdoor stage by Lake Gålåvatnet, Ibsen's ‘Peer Gynt’ is performed with music inspired by Edvard Grieg’s original stage play music. With its universally appealing themes, the play will engage and entertain any traveller in this natural setting. Explore Norway's cultural history by plunging into the lives of our three great artists, Ibsen, Munch and Grieg. Discover myths and folktales in spectacular mountain surroundings and venture on one of Norway's most memorable hikes and boat trips.
Dates: Performances 4–13 August 2018. We suggest a self-drive round trip over 6 days. Variations possible with both private and public transport, can be extended with extra days on the Gudbrandsdalen – Bergen route to see the fjords.
Highlights: Museum visits in Oslo themed around composer Edvard Grieg, playwright Henrik Ibsen and painter Edvard Munch; outdoor theatre performance of Ibsen's ‘Peer Gynt’; accommodation at the Grand Hotel Oslo and dinner at Grand Cafe; historic steamboat trip on Lake Mjøsa; Peer Gynt food experience; charming farm and mountain lodge accommodations; Boat trip on Lake Gjende, Jotunheimen hike and Norwegian Trekking Cabin experience.
Price: on request.
DAY 1: Oslo
Everyone Deserves to Feel Grand
Check in to the Grand Hotel in the heart of Oslo. Indulge in the luxury and artistic decor of this newly renovated historic hotel, formerly the regular hangout of Ibsen and Munch. Visit the Ibsen Museum and discover Ibsen's inspirational journeys through Gudbrandsdalen valley. Munch was inspired by Ibsen's dramas, especially ‘Peer Gynt’. Visit the Munch Museum to see the world's most extensive collection of Munch's paintings, including the iconic 'Scream'. Enjoy cocktails at the Grand Hotel's rooftop bar Etoile and eat dinner in Grand Cafe. Spa at leisure.
DAY 2: Skibladner & FARM LUXURY
Historic Cruise, Cultural Exploration, Manorial Farm Stay
Leave the capital after a leisurely morning, and drive 1,5 hrs to Hamar where you will step onboard Skibladner; the world's oldest preserved paddle steamer in regular service. Enjoy a seven hour roundtrip on this unique vessel on Norway's largest lake, Mjøsa, and arrive at the idyllic farm Hoel in time for a 3-course home made dinner and a peaceful evening at the Nes peninsula. The farm is family run by friendly farmers who take just as much pride in farming as in hosting their guests.
DAY 3: in peer gynt's kingdom
Peer Gynt on the Menu; Magical Outdoor Theatre Experience
Continue towards Gålå, but stop to visit Olympic city Lillehammer, and the outdoor museum Maihaugen, where costumed guides will transport you back to the 19th century to see the buildings and culture that inspired Ibsen, Grieg and Munch.
Henrik Ibsen's ‘Peer Gynt’ is considered a masterpiece in literature as well as the theatre. On an outdoor stage on the banks of lake Gålåvatnet, the play is performed with music inspired by Edvard Grieg’s original stage play music. A truly magical experience, suited even for those who don’t speak Norwegian, thanks to introductions, plot summaries and audio guides. Upon arrival from Lillehammer, we will introduce you to Norwegian cooking through the ages and a Peer Gynt-themed food experience before the evening play. Mountain lodge accommodation.
DAY 4: Gjendesheim & jotunheimen
Mountain Drive to Jotunheimen National Park (144 km)
The drive towards Jotunheimen will take you past the historical timber lodge Hindseter, known for its local cuisine which includes reindeer. This is a good place to stop for lunch before continuing on Scenic Route Valdresflye to Gjendesheim, the Norwegian Trekking Association's flagship cabin. It's situated in Jotunheimen National Park, at the bottom of 'Besseggen' – a ridge you will have heard referred to as 'Gjendineggen' during the performance of 'Peer Gynt'. Drink in authentic Norwegianness and our sense of luxury, while sharing a meal with fellow mountaineers.
DAY 5, boat trip & Besseggen hike
Gjende boat to Memurubu, hike back across the ridge (5–7 hrs)
Besseggen ridge is one of Norway's most popular hikes, and is known for the simultaneous view of the dark blue Bessvatn Lake and the emerald green Lake Gjende on either side. Make your 'matpakke' (Norwegian-style packed lunch), take the historic Gjende Boat to the starting point Memurubu, and find your way back across the ridge on foot. Enjoy a cold dip in the lake or a warmer option in the outdoor hot tub, and share a local beer with fellow hikers.
(Easier hiking options also available)
DAY 6, Return to Oslo (346 km)
Last stretch of Scenic Route Valdresflye
The drive back to Oslo takes about four and a half hours without any stop, but there are plenty of places to break the journey. Enjoy a slow morning and a selection of local breakfast delicacies at Gjendesheim before continuing towards Oslo. Stop to admire the impressive ‘Rock on Top of Another Rock’ sculpture and enjoy your 'Matpakke' at the view point Rjupa. There are plenty of places to stop for locally produced foods along the way – to eat on the spot or take back home.