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21 Notable Architectures to explore in Norway


The country has the fourth-highest per capita income in the world. It has the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, with a value of US$1 trillion. Norway has had the highest Human Development Index ranking in the world since 2009, a position also held previously between 2001 and 2006.

Barony Rosendal
Barony RosendalBaronivegen 60, 5470 Rosendal, Norway

Barony Rosendal is a historic estate and manor house situated in Kvinnherad in Norway.

Bergen Cathedral
Bergen CathedralDomkirkeplassen 1, 5003 Bergen, Norway

Bergen Cathedral is a cathedral in the city of Bergen in Vestland county. It started as a church dedicated to Olav the Holy, Norway’s patron saint, around the year 1150.

Bergenhus Fortress
Bergenhus Fortress5003 Bergen, Norway

Bergenhus fortress is a fortress located in Bergen, Norway. The fortress contains buildings dating as far back as the 1240s, as well as later constructions built as recently as World War II.

Bragernes Church
Bragernes ChurchCappelens gate 9, 3016 Drammen, Norway

Bragernes Church is a parish church located at the end of Church Street north of Bragernes square in the center of Drammen. The church organ has 38 voices and was built in the romantic style of organ builder Carsten Lund Organ Builders of Copenhagen.

BryggenBryggen, 5003 Bergen, Norway

Bryggen is a series of Hanseatic heritage commercial buildings lining up the eastern side of the Vågen harbor in the city of Bergen. Bergen was established before 1070 AD and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

Fantoft Stave Church
Fantoft Stave ChurchFana, Bergen, Norway

Fantoft Stave Church is a reconstructed stave church in the Fana borough. The church was originally built around the year 1150 at Fortun in Sogn, later the church was bought by consul Fredrik Georg Gade and moved it in pieces to Fana near Bergen in 1883.

GamlehaugenGamlehaugen, Bergen, Norway

Gamlehaugen is a mansion in Bergen, Norway, and the residence of the Norwegian Royal Family in the city. Gamlehaugen is framed by a beautiful English-landscaped park, adorned with a lush, varied selection of shrubbery, flowers, and trees. The entire first floor of Gamlehaugen is open to the public as a museum devoted to the memory of Christian Michelsen, the first Prime Minister of Norway.

Hallingdal Museum
Hallingdal MuseumMøllevegen 18, 3540 Nesbyen, Norway

It is one of the oldest open-air museums in Norway. The museum has 30 historic buildings and some 30,000 artifacts from the region of Hallingdal.

Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene
Hanseatic Museum and SchøtstueneFinnegården 1A, 5003 Bergen, Norway

The museum is located in Finnegården, one of the conserved wooden buildings on Bryggen in Bergen, Norway. The museum covers the Hanseatic League period of time in Bergen.

Hardanger Bridge
Hardanger Bridge5734 Vallavik, Norway

The Hardanger Bridge is among the longest suspension bridges in the world. The bridge connects the municipalities of Ullensvang and Ulvik.

Hopperstad Stave Church
Hopperstad Stave ChurchRv13 53, 6893 Vik i Sogn, Norway

Hopperstad Stave Church is a historic parish church located in the village of Vikøyri. The brown, wooden stave church was built during the 12th century. The church seats about 30 people.

Jostedalsbreen National Park Center
Jostedalsbreen National Park CenterSandvik, 6799 Oppstryn, Norway

Jostedalsbreen Nationalpark center is one of the three visitor's centers in Jostedalsbreen National Park. The main building at the Centre was constructed in a manner similar to Viking longhouses where pillars rather than the walls are supporting the roof.

LysøenLysøen, Bjørnafjorden, Norway

Lysøen is an island in the municipality of Os in Hordaland county, Norway. The island was originally the site of a farm established around 1670. The island was bought by Ole Bull in 1872 who constructed the villa with a mixture of amazing architecture techniques.

Norsk Natursenter Hardanger
Norsk Natursenter HardangerSæbøtunet 11, 5784 Øvre Eidfjord, Norway

The Hardangervidda Natursenter is a museum and visitor center of the Hardangervidda National Park in Norway.

Oslo Opera House
Oslo Opera HouseKirsten Flagstads Plass 1, 0150 Oslo, Norway

Home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway. The angled exterior surfaces of the building are covered with marble from Carrara, Italy and white granite and make it appear to rise from the water.

SkålaSkåla, Stryn Municipality, Norway

This beautiful mountain is located about 7 kilometers east of the village of Loen and about 7 kilometers south of the lake Oppstrynsvatn. There is a famous and unique tower named Skålatårnet is located at the top of the summit.

St. Mary's Church
St. Mary's ChurchDreggsallmenningen 15, 5003 Bergen, Norway

St. Mary's Church is a parish church located in Bergen. It is considered as the oldest existing building in Bergen. The church is from the first half of the 12th century, and one of the most outstanding Romanesque churches in the country.

Svinesund Bridge
Svinesund BridgeE6 5, 1789 Berg i Østfold, Norway

The Svinesund Bridge is a through arch bridge crossing Iddefjord at Svinesund and joining Sweden and Norway. It was completed in 2006. The bridge is 704 m long and has a clearance high of 55 m above the water.

Thunder Coaster
Thunder Coaster1407 As, Norway

Thundercoaster is Norway's only wooden roller coaster Manufactured by Dutch manufacturer Vekoma. Thundercoaster's track is 950 meters in length and features a maximum drop of 32 meters at an angle of 57.4 degrees.

Urnes Stave Church
Urnes Stave Church6870 Ornes, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway

Urnes Stave Church is a 12th-century stave church built on a basilica plan inspired by medieval Christian churches, with cylindrical columns and semi-circular arches inside. Urnes Stave Church was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Map of Notable Architectures to explore in Norway