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Norwegian sights on UNESCO's World Heritage List


Rock Carvings Alta
Large rock carvings at Hjemmeluft in Alta. The carvings were made over a long period of time dating from 6200-2500 BC. This was early Stone Age in Norway. More info on Alta Museum and
Rock Art of Alta,


The Old Mining Town in Røros
Around 100 buildings in Røros are protected and restored. Zion's Church, or Ziir as it is locally known, towers above the town's log houses. Built in 1784, this octagonal stone church is said to have held 2000 worshippers. In its baroque grandeur, it was the only beautiful thing in this toiling town. The church is open weekdays all year, with guided tours daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. during tourist season. Link to UNESCO:
Røros Mining Town,

Urnes Stave Church
Built around 1120-1150, this is Norway's oldest wooden church. The ridge turret was erected in 1704, and an addition that extended the chancel was made in 1601. The richly carved north portal belongs to an older church and is famous for its ornamentation with ribbon-like boarders and slender, elongated animal forms. This decoration has become known as the Urnes style and dates back to 1050-1100. The columns or «staves» inside the church have cubed capitals with motifs from real life such as elk and doves, but also imaginary centaurs and dragons. More info about Urnes Stave Church.
UNESCO-Link: Urnes Stave Church,

"Bryggen", The Hanseatic Wharf in Bergen
This old merchant quarter is the only preserved business district from the Hanseatic period. It is built in medieval tradition. Finnegården at Bryggen is a museum furnished in Hanseatic style. The official Bergen website
Unesco-Site: Bryggen,

Vegaøyan - The Vega Archipelago
A cluster of dozens of islands centred on Vega, just south of the Arctic Circle.. The islands bear testimony to a distinctive frugal way of life based on fishing and the harvesting of the down of eider ducks, in an inhospitable environment. There are fishing villages, quays, warehouses, eider houses (built for eider ducks to nest in), farming landscapes, lighthouses and beacons. There is evidence of human settlement from the Stone Age on. Read more on
Unesco-Site: Vegaøyan -- The Vega Archipelago,

Norwegian Fjords - Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord
Situated in south western Norway, northeast of Bergen, Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, set 120km from one another, are part of the west Norwegian fjord landscape, which stretches from Stavanger in the south to Andalsnes, 500km to the northeast. The two fjords, among the world’s longest and deepest, are considered as archetypical fjord landscapes and among the most scenically outstanding anywhere. More info about Fjord Norway.
Link to UNESCO:
West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord,

The Struve Arc
The Struve Arc is a chain of survey triangulations stretching from Hammerfest in Norway to the Black Sea, through ten countries and over 2,820km. These are points of a survey, carried out between 1816 and 1855 by the astronomer Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve, which represented the first accurate measuring of a long segment of a meridian. More info on and the Link to UNESCO:

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