with Fr. Neal Nichols, FSSP
May 27-June 7, 2019
Come join on a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to honor the royal saints of Scandinavia! Travel to Norway, Sweden and Denmark visiting Trondheim (Northern Europe’s most important shrine of the Middle Ages), Uppland, Uppsala, Vadstena, Skåne and the capitals of Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen! Discover the saints of the North Country and attend the Mass of the Ages where their holy feet once trod!
Cost:$4995 from NY JFK (based on double room occupancy)
Save $200 if you sign up by January 31
Call for the cost from other cities of departure
R/T airfare from NY JFK on Delta
Land transportation by luxury motorcoach
3 & 4* hotels with private bath
Breakfast & Dinner daily
Guided touring as indicated on itinerary
Daily Traditional Latin Mass
Cost is based on double room occupancy
Add $595 for a single room
TO RESERVE A SEAT:
Click here for a brochure. Fill out the application form within and send to us with a $500 deposit to the address below.
Or call 1-800-334-5425 and we will be happy to send you one.
The Village Centre - P.O Box 509
Bangall, NY 12506
Day 1 - Late afternoon non-stop flight from NY to Trondheim (via Amsterdam).
Day 2 - Late morning arrival in Trondheim; gateway city to Norway’s wild north. With the ancient name of Nidaros, this beautiful city was the former capital of Norway from the time of its first Christian king in 934 to the 17th century. The new kings still receive their ceremonial blessing here. Situated by Norway’s third largest fjord (with significance dating to the Viking Age), Trondheim is surrounded by lovely forested hills, with the Nidelva River winding through it. Our first stop will be at the 17th century Kristiansten Fortress where the townspeople repelled the invading Swedes in 1718. Below the fortress, we’ll find the idyllic Bakklandet neighbourhood of restored timber homes and charming shops and cafes, where we’ll have a respite before our panoramic city tour. Pass by the old University, the new and old harbor and the picturesque, colorful wharves that seam the waterfront. Enjoy a short stop at Stiftsgården, the largest wooden palace in Scandinavia and official royal residence. Late afternoon arrival in Tiller at the guesthouse of the Bridgettine Sisters, whose order was founded by Saint Bridget, 14th century mystic. Check-in for the first two nights of our pilgrimage!
Day 3 - Today, enjoy the morning in Trondheim and an exciting afternoon coastal excursion north to the site of an important battle in the history of the Christianization of Norway. The Trondheim city tour will begin at Gamle Bybro - Old Town Bridge, first built on the site in 1681. Here we’ll meet our guide from the Nidaros Pilgrim Center who will show us the old city and introduce us to St Olav Ways, the ancient and recently revived pilgrim paths to and within Trondheim from all of Northern Europe. Visit Nidaros Cathedral, holding the relics of the 11th century Viking king, St. Olav, patron saint of Norway. Constructed between 1070 and 1300, this is the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world. Drawing many faithful, including St. Brigid and her husband, Nidaros soon became the most prominent pilgrimage site of Northern Europe in the Middle Ages. Visit the new Catholic Cathedral and learn of the 5500 Catholics of the city. In the afternoon enjoy the wild beauty of the coast and visit the site of the Battle of Stiklestad (1030), when St. Olav fell against the local chieftans. His conversion, death and subsequent miracles ultimately made him a saint and convinced the mighty Norsemen to lay their swords at the feet of Christ, the king of kings!
Day 4 - Today we’ll head south on an amazing drive to the capital city of Oslo! Stop at Ringebu to see an original Stavskyrka, one of the few remaining of the nearly 1000 wooden churches built from the early days of Christianity in Norway until 1537. Pass by Lillehammer (1994 Olympic Games). Stop at the Norwegian Emigrant open-air-museum in Hamar to learn of the million souls who left the country from 1825 and 2000, 90% traveling to America. Enjoy two nights at Hotel Bondeheimen on ROSARY (Rosenkranz) street in Oslo.
Day 5 - A Grand Oslo Tour beginning at St. Olav's Catholic Cathedral! Walk up Parliament Stortinget, parade street and on up to the Royal Palace. Stop at Vigeland Sculpture Park before arriving at Bygdøy peninsula Viking Museum with the world's best preserved Viking ships. Visit Oslo's only extant Catholic church from the Middle Ages!
Day 6 – Farewell to Norway as we travel southeast to Sweden! Mid-day stop at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Karlstad where a young Slovakian priest bought an old Baptist church in Jugend style in 2014, ren-ovating it into a jewel. Then stop at Munktorp Church and Holy Well of St. David, named for an 11th century Anglo-Saxon monk and abbot. Early evening arrival at the Bridgettine Convent guesthouse in Djursholm (near Stockholm). Founded in 1923 by St. Elisabeth Hesselblad (the 2nd Bridget).
Day 7 - Enjoy two days in southeastern Sweden touring Uppsala & Stockholm with Ulf Silfverling of EWTN Nordic. Today, travel north to the birthplace of St. Bridget, and the pilgrimage city of Uppsala! The 13th century Täby Church will be our first stop with typical al fresco paintings from Albertus Pictor, among them the famous Ingmar Bergman scene where a knight is playing Chess with the Death. Next is Jarlabanke bridge with an exhibition of rune stones from an early Christian Viking family. Then on to Finsta Gård (Uppland), to the medieval church of Skederid, built by Bridget's father on their estate. Here she was baptized in 1303 and received her earliest mystical visions. Mid-day arrival in Uppsala to visit Sweden’s first Cathedral, keeping the relics of King Saint Erik IX, who was beheaded in 1160. Tradition holds that upon his death, his head rolled down to the Fyris river and on its landing spot a freshwater spring erupted. For several centuries, on the anniversary of his death, his relics were carried in procession from the cathedral to the church of Old Uppsala, thus making a pilgrim path to this day. Also visit the Gothic Cathedral (the largest
Day 8 - A day in beautiful Stockholm, the "Venice of the North". Situated where Lake Mälaren joins the Baltic Sea, this beautiful city is made up of fourteen islands connected by fifty bridges! Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Old Town Stockholm. Visit St. Erik’s Cathedral; the seat of Sweden's sole Roman Catholic diocese. Visit the Royal Palace for the Changing of the Guard before heading to the Old Cathedral (now Lutheran) for the Angelus prayer by the famous statue of Saint Georg and the Dragon, with a lot of relics. Finally visit Old Town before before departing for the royal city of Vadstena nestled along the shores of Lake Vattern in the heart of medieval Sweden. It was here that St. Bridget established her first monastery. Evening arrival at the Klosterhotel (part of the original monastery of St. Bridget) in Vadstena for two nights.
Day 9 - Feastday of St. Elisabeth Hesselblad. Today enjoy picturesque Vadstena and surroundings, the medieval heart of Sweden. Visit the “Bluechurch” of St. Bridget (1430), where reposes the mortal remains of Sts. Bridget and Catherine. Enjoy a tour of the Convent Museum and a visit the ruins of a 13th C. Cistercian monastery. Then drive to Omberg mountain to see the amazing churches there and ruins of Alvastra Cistercian monestary.
Day 10 - Morning departure west to St Olof at Österlen with an amazing stop in the city of Växjö. Afternoon arrival at Kronovall castle for an overnight stay. Enjoy a tour of the castle and the gardens with the butler. Österlen is called the Provence of Sweden; an area of artists and pastoral farms.
Day 11 - Morning visit to the pilgrimchurch of Sankt Olof, holy spring and the farm of Sankt Olof. Drive to the beach in Kivik for traditional ice cream. Then depart for Copenhagen, Holland along the coast over the famous Öresundsbridge. Grand tour of Copenhagen and its famous sights, including the Little Mermaid, and enjoy a little time at leisure. Overnight and dinner in Hotel Urban House close to the Catholic block with the Bishops office, school and the amazing Sacred Heart Church.
Day 12 - Morning flight departure from Copenhagen Airport for NY JFK non-stop. Afternoon arrival in NY.