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  • 1 Numedal Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - Flesberg

    Numedal is without a doubt the most characteristic and picturesque of the valleys in southern Norway, with its lovely old farmhouses, many of which have been built high up, and its unique wooden stave churches, built in the 12C and restored or extend..

  • 2 Sigdal / Valley of the Artists Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - Eggedal

    It is called the "Valley of the Artists" (Kunstnerdalen) on account of the large number of famous painters, such as Munch,Thaulow,Krohg,Kittelsen,Skredsvig,TidemandandGude, who stayed here in the late 19C and early 20C. The valley of theSim..

  • 3 Setesdal Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - Kristiansand

    The Otra River wends its way southward along the Setesdal Valley, part of the high plateaux, before flowing into the Skagerrak at Kristiansand. The valley is littered with little villages and remote farms with characteristic architecture: houses with..

  • 4 Bird Safari Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Nygårdsvei 38 N - Gjesvær

    Take a boat trip to explore the Gjesværstappan Nature Reserve (15km west of North Cape), which reaches over three rocky islands: Storstappan, Kirkestappan and Bukkestappan. 360 000 birds nest here, including gulls, cormorants, penguins and Northern g..

  • 5 Lillehammer Kunstmuseum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Storforget 2 N - Lillehammer

    The Art Museum, inaugurated to coincide with the 1994 Olympics, presents a remarkable overview of Norwegian painting, from the so-called Romantic period up to works from the early 20C: Johan Christian Dahl, Hans Frederik Gude, Frits Thaulow and Chris..

  • 6 Gudbrandsdal Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - Granrudmoen

    TheLågenflows along the bottom of the longest valley in Norway, fromBjørliin the north to Lillehammer in the south, over more than 203km. TheGudbrandsdalis a deep valley in the heart of this mountainous region, opening an access route to the north, b..

  • 7 Oslo Opera House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kirsten Flagstads Plass 1 N - Oslo

    Inaugurated in spring 2008, the new Operahuset, to the east of the city centre, was designed by the Norwegian architects' firm Snøhetta and cost €525 million to build. This architectural feat - part of the building is below sea level - was awarded th..

  • 8 Polar Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Søndre Tollbugata 11 N - Tromsø

    Housed in a former customs warehouse (1833), the Polarmuseet retraces the history of trappers' and explorers' expeditions in the arctic regions. You will see a reconstruction of a trapper's hut. Whales in the 17C, animals for their fur in the 18C, se..

  • 9 TromsøUniversity Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lars Thøring Veg 10 10 N - Tromsø

    Linked to the university and located at the southern tip ofTromsøya, the museum is divided into seven departments, including natural sciences (on the ground floor), archaeology, ethnography and music (upstairs). The zoology collections and Sami exhib..

  • 10 Atlantic Road Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - Bremsnes

    North of Kornstadffjord, the 8km-long Atlanterhavsveien, zigzags between a string of islands, crossing the sea via eight bridges. As a motorist, you feel almost like an intruder in this grandiose maritime scene of flat, barren islands, reefs, and the..

  • 11 Trollfjord Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - 8300 Svolvær

    This narrow fjord, framed by almost vertical rock faces, is only accessible by boat from Raftsundet, a long strait that separates Austvågøy and Hinnøya. In summer, there are frequent excursions leaving from Svolvær (or Stokmarknes) and the Coastal Ex..

  • 12 Norwegian Maritime Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Bygdøynesveien 37 N - 0286 Oslo

    Opened in 1974, this modern museum is laid out over two buildings. Giving onto the fjord, the main building has a spacious interior and houses various collections: paintings, prow figures, interior reconstructions of ships' cabins, models. The ship r..

  • 13 Hardangerfjord Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - 5020 Stavanger

    This magnificent fjord, accessible from Bergen or Stavanger, is located far inland toward the northeast and covers a distance of 179km, dividing into several branches. Near the coast it is wide and open and lined with picturesque orchards and prairie..

  • 14 Hanseatic Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Finnegårdsgaten 1a N - 5003 Bergen

    This museum in one of the oldest timber buildings alongside the quays illustrates the harsh existence of a League merchant and his entourage. On the lower floors were the warehouse, workshops and the office, where the accounting books, ship's log and..

  • 15 Mariakirken Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Dreggen 15 N - 5020 Bergen

    A fine and rare example of Norwegian Romanesque architecture, this church is one of Bergen's oldest buildings and has survived several fires. Thanks to its harmonious proportions and sumptuous furnishings, the interior has a singular charm. Note the ..

  • 16 Troll Hill (House of Edvard Grieg) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Troldhaugveien 65 N - 5232 Paradis

    This imposing wooden house, painted white and located on a hilltop overlooking LakeNordås, is famous the world over asEdvard Grieg(1843-1907), Norway's greatest composer, spent the last twenty years of his life here. The idyllic setting of the house ..

  • 17 Sonja Henie Modern Art Centre Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Sonja Henies vei 31 N - 1311 Hovik

    This modern art centre enjoys a magnificent setting on the banks of a fjord. It was opened in 1968 to house 300 works donated by the figure skater Sonja Henie (1912-1969) and her shipowner husband. The collection has since expanded and constitutes No..

  • 18 Festund Open-Air Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lundveien 3 N - 1900 Fetsund

    An original open-air museum created to save the floating boom that, until 1985, was used to group and sort tree trunks as they floated down the Glomma. It is made up of 2.5km of floating waterways, a forge and a presentation of the tools used to mano..

  • 19 Standing timber church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    N - 6868 Urnes

    Urnes is a small, remote village with Norway's oldest - and one of its finest - standing timber churches (12C). It dates from the 12C and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Its remarkable portal is decorated with sculpted dragons and snakes inspired by..

  • 20 Maihaugen: The Sandvig Collections Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Maihaugvegen 1 N - 2609 Lillehammer

    Maihaugenis one of the finest open-air museums in Norway, first and foremost thanks to its location on the mountainside, overlooking the centre of Lillehammer. But also on account of the impressive number of wooden buildings grouped together here on ..

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