One of the reasons I joined Backroads as a Trip Leader a decade ago was because it was one of the only active travel companies that had trips in Norway. Growing up, my father always loved studying our family genealogy and especially our Norwegian roots. He and my mother had visited Norway in search of family roots on their European travels back in the 1970s, when they were first married. So Norway was an obvious choice for a family trip abroad, back in 1998. On that trip we followed the family tree down to the roots but could only find the small valley our family had come from. Nothing much came from the trip other than a deep feeling of connection for myself and a little more context for our family heritage.
About: Spencer Seim
Spencer grew up among many other Norwegians in the Seattle area. He spent most of his youth on skis, racing and eventually coaching before “retiring” to get his bachelor degree at University California, Santa Barbara. He has spent 10 years leading trips for Backroads while also pursuing his entrepreneurial passions on the different continents he visits. Spencer recently attained his MBA in Sustainable Business Systems and is looking to make a positive impact with the leadership and interpersonal skills he has honed as a Backroads Trip Leader.