Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Gems of Northern Norway

Norway is full of less known but very enjoyable places. Let us discover some of them. Today we will speak about some interesting tourist attractions of Northern Norway – Lofotr Viking Museum, Senja Troll Park, Polar Park, and Sapmi Theme Park in Karasjok. 

Gems of the Northern Norway


Lofotr Viking Museum is situated in the Lofoten Islands. It is an impressive full size reconstruction of the largest settlement built in the age of Vikings. Here you will feel the life of the last Chieftain of Borg – Olaf Tvennumbruni – and his men. 

Gems of the Northern Norway

The museum includes a full reconstruction of the 83-meter long chieftain’s house, a blacksmith’s forge, two ships and their boathouses, and various reenactments intended to immerse the visitor in life at the time of the Vikings. The house is thoroughly reconstructed, especially Mead Hall and bedroom, starting from general outlook and finishing with decoration elements. 

To add to the experience, museum workers do their routine wearing historical costumes. In the extensive museum outdoor area, you will see shepherds and their herds and sailors on the ship. 


Senja Island is the home for the largest troll in the world. His height is almost 18 meters, and his weight is 125 tons. Leif Rubach and his family created a truly original theme park, which is interesting for both children and adults. 

Built in 1993, the Troll in time started a family with wife and small troll-kids. Tourists began to visit the area, and in 1997 the Troll made an entry into Guinness Book of World Records as the largest in the world. 

Gems of the Northern Norway

Inside his enormous stomach, there is a curious theme park for children based on the local legends. Not far from the creature you will find a cultural center which offers theatrical performances founded on the legends of Senja. 


Polar Park Arctic Wildlife Center is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Northern Norway, it is called the northernmost animal park. Polar Park is home to Norway's large predators such as bears, wolves, lynx, wolverines and foxes, as well as their prey such as deer, elk, reindeer and musk ox. 

Gems of the Northern Norway

The Polar Park is not a traditional zoo, as needs and wishes of animals are on the focus there. The Norwegians call it the most social park in the world – there people can feed a wolverine, an arctic fox or a lynx, or enter the cage with wolves. This is the only park in the world that offers such opportunity! 


The cultural park lies in the center of Karasjok, a Sami town of 3000 people. Karasjok is a bilingual municipality where 90 per cent of the population speaks Sami. 

Gems of the Northern Norway

Sapmi Theme Park is based on four major elements of saami culture – traditional settlements, cuisine, crafts and performances. Here you will find a magical theatre Stalubakti, a settlement – siida – with reindeer, saami handmade souvenirs, silver manufactory, a blowing shop Boble Glasshytte and a restaurant where you can try real saami dishes. 

There are about 60,000 reindeer grazing in the area throughout the autumn and winter. 

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