Visiting Norway and not visiting its world heritage sites would leave your trip incomplete. These sites provide visitors with lots of information. Provided below, for the benefit of visitors, are brief descriptions about each of these world heritage sites.
Located in the city of Bergen, and situated in close proximiyu to the fish market, the Bryggen, which is also referred to as the Tyskerbryggen, consists of a series of beautiful wooden houses that line the eastern side of the fjord coming into the city. Accorded a world heritage site status by the UNESCO in the year 1979, quite a few of these buildings were ravaged by fires, but quite a few of them survive and are used nowadays as studios for artists. These buildings represent a building tradition that is almost 900 years old.
Urnes Stave Church
Constructed in the second half of the twelfth century, the Urnes Stave Church is situated in Sogn city. This church was constructed on or about 1130 and is considered the oldest of its type. A combination of Christian and Viking architecture can be found in the church that still stands in its original location. Check out the church doorway which is more than 100 years old. The Viking architecture is evident in the motif of a 4-legged animal overwhelmed by dragons.
Røros Mining Town
There are few town centers in the world that boasts of well preserved wooden buildings and the Røros Mining Town is one of them. Stroll along the streets and check out the traditional timber buildings situated side by side with quaint shops and cozy cafes. The nostalgia of the yesteryears can be found around every corner of this town that was added to the list of world heritage sites in the year 1980.
Rock Drawings of Alta
Included in UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites in the year 1985, the rock carvings of Alta provide visitors a glimpse of some of the oldest rock carvings of the world. The first such carvings in this archaeological site that is situated near Alta town were discovered in the year 1972. This site now serves as an open air museum and visitors can have a glimpse of approximately 3,000 different carvings.
Vegaøyan – The Vega Archipelago
The Vega Archipelago consists of a cluster of approximately 6,500 tiny islands in Nordland. Humans have inhabited these islands, accorded the status of world heritage site by UNESCO in the year 2004, since the Stone Age.
Struve Geodetic Arc
The Struve Geodetic Arc is a chain of survey triangulations that passes through 10 countries and stretches over 2,820 kilometers. The northernmost station of this arc is located Fuglenes, Norway.
West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Naerøyford
Considered as archetypal fjord landscapes, the Geirangerfjord and Naerøyford fjords are renowned for their exceptional natural beauty, especially for their crystalline rock walls that rise up to 1,400 meters from the Norwegian sea and go down to 500 meters below the sea level. Numerous waterfalls dot the walls of these fjords.