Thursday, 27 October 2016

A Route for Those Who Appreciate Architecture

Norway is famous for its outstanding natural attractions. However, those who are fond of architecture will find there impressive human-made sites as well. We offer you a route that will allow you to see major Norwegian architectural points – from an ancient stave church built in the 12th century to an ultra-modern hotel – just in seven days.

A Route for Those who Appreciate Architecture

DAY 1 

Start your adventure with the capital. The massive City Hall (Oslo Rådhus) situated on the coast of the fjord is one of the signature buildings in Oslo. Its interiors are richly decorated with the artworks of the first half of the 20th century. They show the Norwegians in their daily routine. The building was designed by the architects Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson. The construction began in 1931, froze during the World War II and the City Hall finally opened its doors just in 1950.

A Route for Those who Appreciate Architecture

Rent a car in Oslo and go to Våler in the Solør region. On the place of the burnt down church in Våler you will find a newly built modern one that was designed by Espen Surnevik. The design was acknowledged internationally. The interior was constructed in a way that allows daylight play in a really special way. If you have free time, you will find multiple possibilities for active recreation in this part of Norway.

DAY 2

Our next stop is Lillehammer and Bjerkebæk manor, the memorial house of the Norwegian writer Sigrid Undset (1882-1949) who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1928. The visitor's center is a piece of art in itself. Its memorable architecture was designed by an architecture bureau Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk,

In 1994, Lillehammer hosted Winter Olympic Games and has numerous options for active outdoor leisure!

A Route for Those Who Appreciate Architecture

Then follow to the Sohlbergplassen viewpoint next to the Atnsjøen lake by the Rondane National Park. The viewpoint is part of the National Tourist Routes of Norway and it was designed again by the architecture bureau Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk. The view it offers is exactly the same as you can see in Harald Sohlberg’s famous painting: “A Winter’s Night in Rondane”.

Spend the night in Alvdal.

DAY 3 

Start with the Aukrustsenteret entertainment park dedicated to life and work of the writer and the graphic artist Kjell Aukrust, beloved by all Norwegians for his humorous descriptions of the life in rural Norway. The visitor center was built by the design of a renowned Norwegian architect Sverre Fehn.

A Route for Those Who Appreciate Architecture

Juvet Landscape Hotel is situated just next to the famous fjords that were included into UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2005. The main idea of its design made by the architecture bureau Jensen & Skodvin is the minimum intervention into nature and maximum closeness to it. The hotel started its wok in 2010 and immediately became a famous destination. If you want to stop there, book your room well in advance!

DAY 4 

Start you day with the Norwegian Glacier Museum in Fjærland (Norsk bremuseum i Fjærland). The building itself looks like a glacier. It was designed by Sverre Fehn, who won the Pritzker award in 1997. The museum houses informative and interactive exhibitions, holding the most important facts about the glaciers and the secrets of the eternal ice.

A Route for Those Who Appreciate Architecture

Norway managed to preserve 30 stave churches, and Urnes stavkirke is considered the oldest. Its rich decorations reflect the transition from the Viking era to the Christian age. The Urnes stave church is listed on UNESCO's list as a World Heritage Site.

DAY 5 

A Route for Those Who Appreciate Architecture

We have again a major historical site on our agenda. Today we visit the Hanseatic quay Bryggen in Bergen. It is a quartier of wooden buildings that were used as warehouses in the 14th century. This ancient quartier is abundant with history, however, you will find there shops, bars and restaurants as well. Bryggen is listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage.

DAY 6 

A Route for Those Who Appreciate Architecture

Tyssedal hydroelectric power station (Tyssedal kraftanlegg) in Odda was launched in 1906. Today it houses the historical museum of architecture and industry. The building designed by Thorvald Astrup is under protection of the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. In the surroundings, you will find multiple options of accommodation, restaurants and hiking routes.

DAY 7

Rjukan is an important historical object situated right in the middle of the wild nature. The one hundred meter Rjukan waterfall (verbatim “smokey waterfall”) played a key role in the Norwegian history, especially during the World War II.

A Route for Those Who Appreciate Architecture

In 1934, a power plant Vemork was launched to the west of Rjukan. At the moment, it was the largest power plant in the world. Having visited Vemork, go hiking in the mountains that are located only a few minutes’ drive from the Rjukan city center.

Return to Oslo. Congratulations – you managed to see the most important architectural attractions of Norway built for the last thousand years just in seven days!


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