International Study Tours

    Explore Fjords and Farms on the 2018 International Study Tour to Norway


    The Chicago Farmers will be traveling to to Norway, leaving June 9, 2018 on Icelandair for a seven night, eight day adventure to Oslo with a return from Bergen. We will be leaving in early summer instead of late spring due to cooler temperatures at our usual late April departure.

    Our air carrier, Icelandair, flies from O’Hare International to Oslo with a short stop in Reykjavik, Iceland. On the return, we reverse the process, only from Bergen, located in the western part of lower Norway. Scandinavia Tours is our ground operator and has prepared an interesting preliminary itinerary.

    The arrival day, Sunday, will be spent in Oslo, Norway’s capital and largest city, with departure on Monday to visit the headquarters of NRF, an 11,000-member dairy cooperative, moving on to Lillehammer for the night. On Tuesday, we’ll get to see the Olympic Village and an open-air museum, which depicts Norwegian farm life over centuries.

    Wednesday, we leave our hotel in Lom and get a ride on the Flam Railway with the evening at Hardanger. Thursday, we visit a fish farming facility in the morning and in the afternoon, we will take a fjord cruise with overnight at Botnen. Friday, we reach Bergen and enjoy our farewell dinner before our return on Saturday.

    Repeating, the O’Hare International departure is at 7:30 p.m. on June 9, 2018, arriving Oslo, at 12:20 p.m. on June 10, 2018. Our return is at 1:00 p.m. on June 16, 2018, arriving to Chicago at 6:30 p.m. the same day.

    If you are interested in traveling with us, the first step of the tour is sending in the $150 per person registration fee to our administrative offices, located at 20960 S. Frankfort Square Road, Suite B, Frankfort, IL 60423. The registration fee confirms your tour participation and will be 100% refundable if circumstances require cancellation of the tour.


    Currently, 29 of the 30 air seats available are filled. The deadline for participation is  January 15, 2018.  If you would like to fill the last seat, please complete and submit your registration form today. Once the final seat is taken, we will create a wait list in the event that any committed traveler(s) is no longer able to participate. Wait listed registrations must request be accompanied by an application and deposit. 



    Since 2002, members of the Chicago Farmers have traveled to a variety of foreign destinations, including countries in Central and South America, Europe and Cuba to focus on both the culture and agriculture of those destinations, which differ significantly from Midwest row crop production agriculture. In April of 2017, the most recent group of Chicago Farmers travelers went overseas to Austria for a week. While there, they toured several farming operations and orchards and received an overview of that nation's agricultural scene. Cultural features visited were the major cities of Vienna, Groz and Salzburg. The group also enjoyed their visit to several of the locations used for filming the movie "The Sound of Music".