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Norway Attractions


  The Akershus castle and fortress are located on the eastern side of the Oslo harbor. King Håkon V Magnusson ordered the contruction of Akershus in 1299 to protect the city from external threats. The fortress was reconstructed several times to withstand increasing fighting powe... more

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 Bergen Aquarium is the largest in Scandinavia. Of particular interest are the exhibits featuring fish and invertabrates from the nearby North Sea. ... more

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 Even if you don’t like fish, be sure to visit Bergen’s excellent fish market since the offerings are by no means limited to fish. Other goods are also available as well. Fresh flowers, fruits and veggies are also plentiful. Souvenirs can also be purchased at the market. &... more

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 On one side of the harbor lies the colorful section know as Bryggen.   This is the old wharf, extremely picturesque, with brightly colored wooden building dating from the Hanseatic period lining the wharf and reflecting in the water.  Recently these inviting old buildings h... more

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 The Bryggens Museum lies very close to the historic harbour of Bergen. This area is comprised of wooden houses dating back to medieval times, and the Hanseatic league. The museum houses a marvelous collection of archaeological treasures unearthed from excavations on the site. This collect... more

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 The City Hall (located only a block from the Hotel Continental) is a newer building with a series of giant murals depicting modern-day Norway with an emphasis on the recent turmoils of the Second World War and the growth of Norway, stressing the importance of the family as the heart of th... more

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 The old stave church at Fantoft is actually a recreation. The original church was built in Fortun in Sogn in 1150 and moved to Fantoft in 1883. the church burned down in 1992 and was rebuilt on the site. The church is a beautiful example of the old wooden stave churches which at one time ... more

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Frogner Park is a beautiful park in Oslo Norway where the world-famous Vigelandsparken(Vigeland Sculpture Park) is situated.  The park contains amazing fountains as well as granite and bronze sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland, Vigeland (1869-1943) worked on the sculpture park from... more

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 Grieg Hall is the major venue showcasing  Bergen's music, drama, and a host of other cultural events. The hall is named for Norway's famous pianist and conductor, Edvard Grieg.  The Bergen Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1765, and performs here from August to May.  &... more

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 Hadeland Folkemuseum museum for Hadeland (Gran, Jevnaker and Lunner) founded in 1913 and located on the countryside in Gran. The museum contains more than 24 buildings from the 17th to 20th century and gives a glimpse into the everyday life of people during these periods. There is al... more

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 The Hanseatic Museum is housed in one of Bergen’s old wooden buildings – its interior gives a glimpse of what is was like to live in that period. The Hanseatic League was an association of trading cities and merchant guilds along the coast of Northern Europe. In its heyday the... more

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 The origins of Hopperstad stave church may be shrouded in myth, but the church is nonetheless reckoned to be one of the oldest of the stave churches, probably dating from around 1140. Some 700 years later, the church was no longer in use, its exterior stripped and in very poor condition. ... more

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 Feasible as a day trip from Oslo, the Island of Fredrikstad, is the most perfectly preserved small fortified city in Norway. Enjoy wandering through the 17th-century-fortress, the museum, the church and the arts and crafts center.   ... more

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  Kaupanger Stave Church is the largest stave church in the Sogn region. The medieval construction of the church can still be seen even though the church has been retored several times.  Kaupanger Stave Church is still in use as the church of the local parish.   ... more

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   The museum displays original vessels and objects from Thor Heyerdahl's world famous expeditions. The balsa raft Kon-Tiki used to cross the Pacific Ocean in 1947 and the papyrus raft Ra II which sailed from Marocco to Barbados in 1970 are on display. The museum also display... more

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   Stop at the Lom Church, if for no other reason than to take photographs because, with the mountains in the background, this church is immensely photogenic. The Church dates back to the mid 13th century and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, St John the Baptist and Olav the Pious... more

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  The Maihaugen Open-Air Museum, is a large park with close to 200 restored buildings characteristic of the Gudbrandsdal Valley. The size and scopte make this museum one of the largest in Norway. The museum depicts the development and history of the local houses.   ... more

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 The Maritime Museum is a modern museum tracing the development of shipping from the Old Norse period to the modern day     ... more

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The Oslo National Theatre (Nationaltheatret) opened in 1899 serves as Norways foremost theatrical fcaility. The building is watched over in front by two large statues of Norway's literary giants, Ibesen and Bjornson. ... more

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 The 11th-century Nidaros Cathedral is the largest medieval building in Norway. Join a tour of the church where a guide explains the history and architecture of this magnificent cathedral where seven kings and three queens have been crowned. The cathedral is said to have been built where K... more

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 The Norwegian Folk Museum(The Norsk Folkemuseum) is an enormous park of buildings brought from all over Norway and reconstructed to show life in Norway from medieval times. It is especially interesting  because all types of buildings are represented, from the simplest farm house to t... more

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  The Norwegian Resistance Museum, located at the Akershub Castle depicts the inspiring bravery of the Norwegians during World War II. The museum covers Norway's involvement in the war from the invasion by the Nazis to Norway's defeat, occupation and finally resistance to thei... more

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 OLD BERGEN(Gamle Bergen) is an open-air museum with more than 40 18th and 19th-century residences from the Bergen region.  The museum also represents many of the businesses of the times from a bakery, shopkeeper, watchmake and more.  ... more

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 The Island of Lyosoen is laced with walking paths and it is here that you find the famous violin virtuoso Ole Bull’s villa. The beautiful villa on Lysoen was built as a summer residence for the Norwegian violinist Ole Bull in 1873. Concerts are conducted in the villa's music dir... more

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 Oslo Cathedral stands in the heart of the city. The cathedral is a 17th-century structure with beautiful stained glass windows. It is worth a stop to admire these magnificent windows. The cathedral is also known as the Church of St. Saviour.    ... more

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 Stave Churches began dotting the landscape of Norway with the introduction of Christianity in the beginning of the 12th-century. Over 1000 of these churches were built until the early 1500's.  Today, fewer than 30 of these original stave churches exist and many like the Ringebu S... more

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  The Ringve Museum is Norway's national museum of musical instruments with a collection of about 1800 instruments.  Many of the rooms in the Manor House are named for various composers and musicians and the motif of the room is associated with the musician. For instance, the... more

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 The Rosenkrantz Tower is a dramantic 13th-century royal residence which was also used as a fort. The tower derives its name from the man generally credited with its present size and scope, Erik Rosenkrantz, governor of Bergen Castle during the construction in the 1560's.  Both th... more

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  According to local folklore, the two churches were commissioned by two sisters who were feuding and would not be caught dead seen in the same church.   The two churches, Nikolaikirken(St. Nicholas Church) and the smaller Mariakirken(St. Mary Church) are built within meters... more

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Dating from the 12th century, St. Mary’s Church(Mariakirken) is the oldest building still existing in Bergen and one of the loveliest Romanesque churches in Norway. The pulpit is considered a prime example of Baroque decorative art in Norway. The imposing twin towers at the entrance to th... more

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 If in the area make a visit to the stave church in Vagamo. The original church erected in the mid 12th-century was re-constructed in 1625 as a cruciform church. The footprint of a cruciform church is designed to resemble the shape of a cross. ... more

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 This is one of Europe's largest open air museums. The Open-Air Museum features 150 authentic buildings from different regions through out thee country. Also, found at the museum is one of the country's oldest structures, the Gol Stave Church built in the 13th century. The indoor e... more

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 At one end of the Karl Johnasgate is the Royal Palace, with a red flag waving from the roof when the king is in residence. The palace is open to the public by guided tour during the summer months only. The changing of the guard can be viewed daily at 1:30 pm.      ... more

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 This tiny one room museum is a tribute to the Norwegian freedom fighters of World War II. The room was the meeting place for the Theta Group, young resistance fighters, whose mission was to provide information of enemy naval movements to the exiled Norwegian government and other resistanc... more

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  While you are in Solvorn you must visit the Urnes Stave Church. This excursion is easy to arrange - there are ferries which make the 15-minute run across the channel of the fjord to URNES. Or, if you miss the ferry, you can arrange for a boat taxi to pick you up at the pier and brin... more

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 The Viking Ship Museum is probably the most fascinating museum in Oslo. Here you will see some Viking ships, two of which are in remarkably good condition. They were found in burial sites where the condition of the clay soil worked as a preservative. As you look at these ships, the wonder... more

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