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  • 1 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..

  • 2 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 ..

  • 3 Standing timber church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    40 N - 3632 Uvdal

    This church and its twin at Nore, 28km away, were both built at the end of the 12C around a central pillar, reworked in the 17C and decorated by the same artist. Uvdal's church has 17C paintings imitating stained-glass windows and framed by plant mot..

  • 4 Standing timber church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    40 N - 3630 Nore

    This church has a number of things in common with Uvdal's church, 28km away. Both were built at the end of the 12C with a central pillar, then reworked in the 17C and decorated by the same artist. When Nore's church was enlarged in 1863, panels paint..

  • 5 Blaafarveværket Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Koboltveien N - 3340 Åmot

    This former industrial site of disused mines was converted into a museum dedicated to the history of cobalt mining and the ties between the site and the art world. 1883 saw the first Open-Air Academy exclusively for Norwegian artists, including Edvar..

  • 6 Arctic Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Hans Nilsens veg 41 N - 9020 Tromsø

    The "Arctic Cathedral" is the most original monument in theTromsøarea. This modern masterpiecealliesglass and concrete, making for a simple yet eye-catching geometrical building that makes use of the Arctic light to suggest aniceberg with i..

  • 7 Museum of Decorative Arts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Munkegaten 5 N - 7013 Trondheim

    This fine museum houses diverse collections covering the maininternational art movements, ranging in chronological order from the Baroque to late 20C design;it includes a noteworthy section on Arts and Crafts, the English Art Nouveau movement embodie..

  • 8 Museum of Musical Instruments Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lade Allé 60 N - 7041 Trondheim

    This museum dedicated to musical instruments overlooks the city and the fjord. It is housed in the splendid Ringve manorhouse built in the 19C on a peninsula. Visits always take the form of guided tours and these include demonstrations of rare instru..

  • 9 Cathedral Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Domkirkeplassen N - 4008 Stavanger

    This 12C monument illustrating Romanesque and Gothic styles has two square towers, an imposing façade and a huge porch. Thanks to restoration work in the 20C, it regained its medieval look. Inside, the simplicity of the nave contrasts with the orname..

  • 10 Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    N - 3602 Kongsberg

    This church, designed to be the biggest in the country, was financed by funds made available from silver mines and was finished in 1761. It is laid out in a cross formation but the Baroque interior is arranged as if the building was rectangular. The ..

  • 11 Briksdal Glacier Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - Olden

    Travelling up the Olden Valley to Briksdalsbreen is a magnificent experience. The turbulent torrent that descends from the glacier broadens out into three successive lakes framed by steep mountain slopes. From the stolkjerre, or pony-drawn cart, that..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 Museum and rock carvings Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Altaveien 19 N - 9518 Alta

    The museum, created in 1991, is divided into two parts: the first is in a modern building with collections exhibited on two floors, and illustrates five themes covering the complete history of the development of the Alta region; the second presents a..

  • 16 Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Apotekertorgeta N - 6025 Ålesund

    Thanks to its location and Art Nouveau buildingsÅlesundknows how to charm visitors. Built after the fire of 1904, many of these buildings are embellished with arrows, towers and refined sculptures in the purist style in fashion at the time, with a sm..

  • 17 Posebyen Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N - 4611 Kristiansand

    Kristiansand's historic quarter lies along the river. The white houses, some of which date from the 17C, are offset by the brightly coloured door and window frames; the tiled roofs and wrought-iron banisters add a cheerful note to this picture-perfec..

  • 18 Telemark Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    N - Skien

    This mountainous region in the heart of southern Norway is famous the world over as the birthplace of skiing. Skien, the main urban area, is the town where Henrik Ibsen was born. The Telemark Canal, inaugurated in 1892, runs between Skien and Dalen. ..

  • 19 Varjjat Sami Musea Interesting

    Museums and art

    N - Varangerbotn

    The excellent little Varanger Sami museum gives a very attractive presentation (slide shows, models and interactive screens) of the traditional way of life of the Sami, the first inhabitants of the coastal regions. Weapons made from bones, Stone-Age ..

  • 20 Aker Brygge Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Stranden 3 N - Oslo

    Aker Brygge is one of the liveliest places in the Norwegian capital. The waterfront has been completely taken over by cafés. At the first sign of sunshine the terraces fill up with clients from the huge commercial art galleries that have moved into t..

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