This November, the world of the Academy Award-winning, Walt Disney picture Frozen returns to theaters with a much-anticipated sequel, Frozen 2. As Disney animators sought to create a Scandinavian setting for the fictional kingdom of Arendelle, ruled by Queen Elsa, they were particularly taken by Norway, especially the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bergen.
Luxury travel specialist Zicasso is paying tribute to the country’s mystical fjords, charming villages and enchanting, snowy hills with a new Frozen-inspired Winter Family Tour of Norway—which means all the young Elsas and Annas can live out their fairytale dreams in the very places that inspired Arendelle.
Visiting Oslo, Flam, Bergen and Tromsø, the itinerary promises fun for the whole family. Following in the footsteps of the fictional Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Sven, fairytales meld with local folklore as travelers experience a winter wonderland as they journey through snowy mountains and colorful villages, visit with reindeer herded by a traditional Sami community and search for the elusive Northern Lights far above the Arctic Circle.
Package pricing begins at $1,765 per person, and includes accommodations, an airport transfer, daily breakfast and guided tours. International airfare is not included. An optional glassblowing lesson to create your own snowflake is available for an additional cost.
So: Do you want to build a snowman? The Frozen adventure takes off in Oslo, where the city’s Akershus Fortress resembles Elsa and Anna’s castle and Norwegian culture comes alive at the Norsk Folkemuseum and Viking Ship Museum. After traveling by scenic train to the picturesque town of Flam, where local folklore of witches and trolls pervades, travelers will head into the heart of a fjord by a boat that allows access to waterfalls and small villages, including a 12th century enclave surrounding a lively local grocery reminiscent of Oaken’s general store.
Continue by train along the highest railway in Northern Europe, which offers spectacular views of the fjords below, and arrive in Bergen on the fourth day. Bergen’s storybook ambiance of majestic wooden buildings, medieval fishing traditions and seven surrounding fjords served as inspiration for elements of Arendelle as well as the town featured in the short film: Olaf’s Quest.
A quick flight on the fifth day will take visitors to north of the Arctic Circle to Tromsø. The city, the largest in Northern Norway, resembles a polar settlement, with its wintry atmosphere of fjords and snowcapped peaks juxtaposed with a vibrant cultural community. Travelers will visit the Tromsø Ice Domes, a hotel constructed entirely out of ice, and meet with a local Sami community, whose traditional dress mirrors Kristoff’s. In Tromsø, reindeer abound, and visitors can experience the wildlife with a reindeer safari and pet and feed the animals afterwards.
The trip culminates with an unparalleled opportunity to view the Northern Lights in their pristine glory, unencumbered by city lights. Families will spend the night in a traditional Sami tent known as a Lavvu, offering an immersive experience into local traditions.