Saturday, 16 April 2016

Top 9 Hidden Treasures of Norway

To live in a lighthouse, to drive above the sea, to visit the museum of petroleum – there are many ways to make your journey in Norway unforgettable! 

Top 9 Norway hidden treasures

1. SHE LIES 

In May 2010, just in front of the Oslo Opera House, an installation She Lies was opened. From afar, it resembles an iceberg. 

She Lies, Maria Bonvicini

The construction of steel and glass panels floats on the waters of the Oslofjord on a concrete platform. The sculpture turns on its axis in line with the tide and wind, offering changing experiences through reflections from the water and its transparent surfaces. Monica Bonvicini, the architect, called it the monument to changes and hope. 

2. JOSTEDAL GLACIER 

The largest in mainland Europe glacier can be found between Nordfjord and Sognefjord. It is a massive plateau with multiple ice branches reaching down to mountain valleys. 

Jostedalsbreen, Norway

Jostedalsbreen is uniquely maintained by the high snowfall rates in the region, not the cold temperatures. This means the glacier has high melting rates in its snouts. 

3. THE ATLANTIC ROAD 

Located between Kristiansund and Molde, the Atlantic Road (Atlanterhavsveien) is considered one of the most picturesque in the world. The two-lane highway is 8.5 km and goes along the northern coast of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Atlanterhavsveien, Norway

The road passes twelve bridges over the water. If the weather is good, you have a chance to sea fur seals and whales in the waves. 

4. STORFJORD HOTEL 

Storfjord Hotel, interior

Norway offers plenty of designer hotels. If you prefer quite pastime in nature's lap, you will appreciate the Storfjord Hotel located on a hill slope next to the town of Skodje. The hotel consists of several wooden houses resembling modest Norwegian country-houses but with exquisite designer furniture inside. The windows look at the Storfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps. Guests of the hotels can use bikes, kayaks and fishing equipment. 

5. SUITE IN THE LIGHTHOUSE 

Molja Lighthouse Hotel

Do not miss the opportunity to leave in a real lighthouse on the coast of Ålesund. Inside the old building, you will find a cozy room with all facilities. Room 47 – the Molja Lighthouse – belongs to the Hotel Brosundet. 

6. STEGASTEIN 

Norwegians are very serious about admiring landscapes and charge the best architects to build viewpoints. For example, Stegastein was created by Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen. 

Stegastein viewpoint, Norway

The construction of laminated wood and steel is situated 650 meters above the sea level and bulges 30 meters above the Aurlandsfjord. Stegastein is located on the Aurlandsvegen road that connects Aurland with Lærdal. 

7. STAVE CHURCHES 

Heddal stave church, Norway

Norway is the only Scandinavian country with preserved medieval stave churches. Their architecture and ornament mix pagan and Christian motives. The biggest stave church is Heddal stavkirke built in the 13th century, the church is still functional. 

8. JUVET HOTEL 

Juvet Hotel, Norway

Eight laconic buildings resembling boxes of glass and wood are skillfully inserted in the landscape of the Valldal valley. Thanks to glass walls from the floor to the ceiling, the houses are fully integrated in the scenery and are almost invisible. Inside you will find only the most essential things: a bed, a floor-lamp and an arm-chair. Nothing should distract guests of the hotel from observation of the views! 

9. PETROLEUM MUSEUM 

Norwegian Petroleum Museum, Stavanger

Petroleum is the major source of Norway's national welfare. Norwegian Petroleum Museum is acknowledged one of the most beautiful museums not only in Norway but in the whole world. The exposition will interest both children and adults. The museum is situated in Stavanger. 


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