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  • 1 Bygdøy Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Huk Aveny N - 0287 Oslo

    The peninsula of Bygdøy stretches, amoeba-like, out into Oslo's fjord. It lies to the west of the capital and is home to five great museums which are for the most part devoted to Norway's maritime activities. It is a residential area with a great man..

  • 2 Museum of Viking Vessels Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Huk Aveny 35 N - 0287 Oslo

    In 1913 the architect Arneberg conceived a cross-shaped building to house the three ships found at the edge of Oslo's fjord: the Tun ship, discovered in 1867, the Gokstad in 1880 and the Oseberg in 1904. This last ship , a long vessel measuring 21.m,..

  • 3 Heddal standing timber church Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Heddalsvegen 412 N - 3676 Heddal

    This splendid church is thought to have been built around 1242 (the chancel may be the oldest part). Having been altered many times, it has now been restored to reflect its former medieval look. The east portal is richly decorated with animal motifs ..

  • 4 Dalsnibba Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - 6216 Geiranger

    The road between Geiranger and Dalsnibba (1 495m) winds through a vertiginous valley affording grandiose views. From Flydalsjuvet there is a spectacular view of the Flydal Gorges, the village and the fjord. After Lake Djupvatnet, at Djupvasshytta (1 ..

  • 5 Lofoten-Inseln Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N - 8300 Fiskebol

    On the Lofoten Islands are numerous interesting and charming villages, some of which are well worth a visit. From north to south: Å is a picturesque fishing village with an open-air museum. Sakrisøy, a typical village, has a toy museum. Reine is nest..

  • 6 Vesterålen-Inseln Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N - 8450 Stokmarknes

    On these islands are numerous interesting and charming villages, some of which are well worth a visit. From north to south: Melbu is a port with a fishing museum, a history museum and a summer festival. Formerly a trading hub, Stokmarknes has a nauti..

  • 7 Route 17 Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    N - 8056 Bodø

    This superb coast road covers 460km along the Hegeland coast by land and sea. It links Steinkjer in the south and Bodø in the north via fascinating landscapes created by the elements (sea, rocks and sky). The winding road, divided into sections conne..

  • 8 Fine Art Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Götaplatsen Avenyn S - 412 56 Göteborg

    The museum has some major works of art by overseas artists like the Cavalier with falcon by Rembrandt, the Olive Grove by Van Gogh, The Family of Acrobats by Picasso, a Van Gogh by Francis Bacon... as well as lesser works by Renoir, Monet, Sisley, Ga..

  • 9 The Wasa Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Galärvarvet 14 S - 102 52 Stockholm

    10th Aug. 1628: Gustav II Adolph, the "Lion of the North", launches his fleet ship the Wasa, to conquer the Baltic right up to the Polish coast. Twenty minutes later, the ship sinks, and all is lost. Did it sink because it was overloaded wi..

  • 10 Gamla Stan Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Stora Nygatan S - 111 30 Stockholm

    The island of Stadsholmenl is the original site of Stockholm, and the two "main roads" Osterlanggatan and Västerlanggatan join up at the south point in the little Järntorget square, (with its statue of the contemporary singer Evert Taube) t..

  • 11 Zoo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Brännbergsvägen S - 921 81 Lycksele

    This huge zoo specialises in the animals of the Nordic countries. It has some 100 animals of 36 different species - generally they can only be spotted at feeding time due to the size of their enclosures. The moose, bison and musk oxen are fed at noon..

  • 12 Lappstan Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    S - 93331 Arvidsjaur

    This is the oldest and best-preserved of the 17C "parish villages", where the Sami gathered for religious festivals in sheds and huts next to the houses and stables of Swedish farmers and tradesmen. These huts, the only ones remaining, are ..

  • 13 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Kraftstorg Square S - 221 00 Lund

    This sandstone church flanked by two towers was founded in the 11C by King Canut II and consecrated in 1145. The original layout is of Anglo-Norman inspiration, while the decor shows a Lombard influence. The apse is a Romanesque treasure. Inside, you..

  • 14 Panoramic view (Vidablick tower) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Hantverksbyn S - 795 36 Rättvik

    From the belvedere that towers 190m over Lake Siljan, climb to the top of the red wooden tower (28m high) to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view over the lake and the lush countryside. This tower was built in the late 19C.

  • 15 Tanum rock carvings Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    S - 457 00 Tanumshede

    This superb carvings - more than 350 scenes spread over several sites (Vitlycke, Aspeberget, Litlseby, Fossum) - were perhaps made in ochre rouge; furthermore some have been repainted so that they can be seen more easily. Their meaning remains unknow..

  • 16 Ájtte Swedish Mountain and Sami Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    S - 962 31 Jokkmokk

    An original museum that, since 1989, has been dedicated to the cultural heritage of the Sami (Lapp) people and their environment (mountains, forests, rivers). The presentation of the collections is as important as they exhibits themselves. There is a..

  • 17 Kalmar Castle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kungsgatan 1 S - 392 33 Kalmar

    At the time when southern Sweden was in the hands of the Danes this castle was nicknamed "the key to Sweden" due to its strategic position. The initial keep (12C) belonged to a defensive line reaching from Öland island to the coast. King Gu..

  • 18 Old town Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    S - 971 85 Luleå

    The traditions of "parish villages" live on here, and the houses are still inhabited by parishioners during religious festivals. The large medieval church is of late Scandinavian Gothic style (15C) with a richly decorated interior. The pret..

  • 19 Cathedral Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Västra Kyrkogatan 10 S - 722 15 Västerås

    The building dates back to the 13C but it has since been altered. The tower topped with an arrow, for example, is the work of Nicodemus Tessin the Younger. Among the funeral pieces, the monument dedicated to King Erik XIV (south side of the ambulator..

  • 20 Abbey-church Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Gräsgatan 31 S - 592 24 Vadstena

    The blue-tinted limestone abbey-church has a narrow chancel, which, strangely, faces west. The sobriety of the decor is reminiscent of the Cistercian spirit. The star-shaped vault rests on two limestone pillars. The church has a group of medieval scu..

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