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    Heddal Stavkirke

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Oct 8, 2005

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    The Heddal Stavkirke is the biggest wooden church of Norway and it was built in 1242. It was restored in 1952. The stavkirke are made with Norwegian pine pillars (in Heddal there are 12 pillars) and they have got four doors with sculptures. On the back facade there is a nice roses painted in 1668. On the wall in the exterior passasge, you can see Runes inscribed, telling that the church was consecrated and dedicated to the holy virgin Mary, maybe in 1242.

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    Solvgruvene

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Oct 8, 2005

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    Solvgruvene is famous for its mines. The most touristic one is Kongsgruvene. You can visit a tunnel of 2.3 Km by train. The tunnel (stoll) was carefully dug through a mountain to make water of the mines flow down. It was built without machinery nor dynamite, the rocks were heated and split with cold water. The tunnel progressed 7 cm every day and was completed after 73 years (from 1782 to 1855).

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    Kongsberg: Norsk Bergverksmuseum

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Oct 8, 2005

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    This nice museum is located in an old furnace built in 1844 and here you can learn about the silver mines and how they were exploited. Here you can find also the Royal Mint (in Kongsberg from 1686) with a very nice collections of old coins. You can see also a nice Ski's museum.

    Kongsberg: Norsk Bergverksmuseum Kongsberg: Norsk Bergverksmuseum
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    Kongsberg Kirke

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Oct 8, 2005

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    The wonerful Kongsberg Kirke is the biggest Baroque church of Norway (inside it can seat 2400 people) and it was built in 1761 by Stuckenbrok and Heltzen. The fantastic interior of the church is in a Rococò style with great candelabrums and an extraordinary altar with organ.

    Kongsberg Kirke Kongsberg Kirke: inside Kongsberg Kirke: altar Kongsberg Kirke: altar
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    Kongsberg

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Oct 8, 2005

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    The town of Kongsberg was settled in 1624 and it became famous because people discovered one of the biggest mine of silver of the world. Kongsberg became the second biggest town of Norway with more than 8000 people and in the hill all around the town there are more than 300 mine tunnels.
    The nice Numedalslagen waterfall divided the new town from the old town.

    Numedalslagen waterfall
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    Amot: Royal Blafarvevaerk - Haugfoss

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Oct 6, 2005

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    In the Royal Blafarvevaerk you can see the nice Haugfoss waterfall (39 metres high). In the background you can see the Huagfoss stamping mill. The flow of water was regulated in special chute-houses to run through the chuted and down to the huge waterwheels drove the axies. These axies lifted the enormous iron-shod stamp hammers, which then fell down by force of gravity to crush the ore against iron bases.
    The pulverised ore was cleansed by flotation. the heavy cobalt concentrate was separated from the lighter granite sand by washing. Shoving boards, long washing basin-tables flowing with water, were pusched back and forth to force the mass of cobalt and rock against the flow so that the lightest particles were washed out. The heavier cobalt concentrate lay behind on the washing table. The concentrate was transported from the stamping mills over the river to the Works, where the blue pigment was produced.

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    Amot: Royal Blafarvevaerk

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Oct 6, 2005

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    About 30 Km to Drammen there is the town of Amot. It is famous because in 1773 the King Christian VII created the Royal Blafarvevaerk to extract cobalt with which to produce the blue pigments to use in the glass and porcelain industry. The mines are very interesting and you can learn how tenderszing the quartz and how the arsenic was stock. During the summertime you can see some classic concerts in the old buildings.
    In the weekend it is a nice place where to do a picnic with the family.

    Royal Blafarvevaerk Tenderszing the quartz The Arsenic House
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    Oslo

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Oct 6, 2005

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    The fantastic town of Oslo is the capital of Norway. It is situated at the head of Oslo Fjord surrounded by forested ridges. In Oslo there sights of onterest such as museums, parks, urban districts with listed buildings and many shops!!!! In Oslo you can find many good restaurants and pubs!! Oslo is also a perfect town where you can spend your weekend with many intertainments every evening.

    When you visit Oslo you can't lose to see these places:
    - Vigeland Park with more than 200 statues made by Vigeland;
    - Radhus, the fantastic City Hall of Oslo;
    - Nasjonalgalleriet where you can see The Scream by Munch;
    - Karl Johans Gate: the main road of Oslo full of shops, restaurants...;
    - Det Kongelige Slott: the nice Royal Palace;
    - Akershus Slott and Festning: the nice castle of Oslo
    - Vikingskipshuset: the wonderful museum of the Viking ships;
    - Polarskip Fram: the museum of the ship Fram.

    More information on my Oslo page.

    Radhus Storting Vigeland Park Akershus Slott and Festning Viking Ship Museum
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    Discovering Norway by air - destinations (1 of 2)

    by Saagar Updated Sep 18, 2005

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    Norway is well served by air, and to cover long distances in a short time, do not huff and puff over having to take to the air once in a while. Here are selected places in Norway that you can reach by air. I have split the tip into Southern and Northern Norway. This is the south:

    For Oslo Airport info, see www.osl.no
    Torp (near several towns in SW of Oslo, Sandefjord, Tønsberg, Larvik etc., access to the sea coast, inland fishing, nice landscapes, valleys).
    Stavanger (nice town, architecture, sea food restaurants, oil cpaital of Norway, back drop of dramatic fjord landscapes).
    Bergen (nice town, architecture, starting pont for fjord tours, the coastal express liner, hiking opportunities etc.)
    Sandane/Sogndal (direct access to the central west coast fjord district).
    Førde (access to coastal experiences, fjords).
    Florø (nice town, feeling of open sea coast, access to islands and varied rural experiences).
    Ørsts/Volda (access to Sunnfjord fjords, mountains, Stadt, Geiranger).
    Ålesund (nice town, architecture, sea food, aquarium, great number of accessible islands).
    Molde (nicely situated town, jazz festival town, crossroads for many outdoor activities and transport hub).
    Kristiansund (interesting marine industrial city located on 3 islands, good access to deep sea fishing, boating, sea food, nice art deco church. Access to the hiking route "Fjordruta").
    Værnes/Trondheim (the airport is located at Hell...., nice summer town, university and science and technology town, largest cathedral in the Nordic countries, somewhat boring immediate hinterland but access to Sweden, the outer islands and nearby coastal districts).
    Røros (very nice town from an architecture and aesthetical point of view, historic mining town listed by UNESCO, good museums, handicrafts, access to reindeer herding, saami culture, mountain areas. Very cold, crisp and exotic in the winter, freak lows to -50 degrees C).
    Rørvik (access to an extensive archipelago of some 6500 islands, coastal expereinces, little commercial development).

    Flying over the bumps, warts and lakes of Norway
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    Discovering Norway by air - destinations (2 of 2)

    by Saagar Written Sep 18, 2005

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    This is part two of the air destinations in Norway:

    Brønnøysund (access to the wonderful Helgeland coast, thje Vega archipelago, some exceptionally nice fjords and hiking terrain).
    Sandenessjøen (similar to Brønnøysund, closer to Træna and Lovund archipelago).
    Mosjøen and Mo i Rana (small towns, access to the Helgeland coast, inland wilderness areas, N. Sweden, Saltfjellet, Svartisen mountains and glaciers).
    Bodø (the key starting point for north Norway experiences, access to Lofoten by ship or planes, superb hiking areas along the coast and inland toward Sween and Narvik).
    Evenes (the main airport to Narvik and Harstad towns. Harstad being the nicer one, Narvik with its war history, mining, rail access to Stockholm, whale watching).
    Andenes (weather blown community, deep sea fishing, whale watching capital).
    Bardufoss (Troms county inland military airport. Fly here if Tromsø planes are full. Access to great mountain hiking, roads north and south, Tromsø town).
    Tromsø (capital of the north, nice town, all services, museums, good food, access to islands, mountains).
    Sørkjosen (tiny place in a wonderful landscape, Kvænangen mountains, rivers, good starting point for hiking).
    Hasvik (on Sørøya island, good fishing, wilderness hiking, remote).
    Alta (gateway to the Saami core areas, towns of Kautokeino, Karasjok, Maasi, access to Finland, fjord adventures, mountain and Finnmark plateau hiking).
    Hammerfest (northernmost city in the world, quaint but fairly nice, access to Finnmark islands, together with Lakselv access to the North Cape).
    Honningsvåg (nearest airport to the North Cape).
    Mehamn, Berlevåg, Vardø (similar towns along the Arctic coast of Norway, barren hinterland, sea coast hikes and experienses).
    Kirkenes (easternmost city in Norway, at Istanbul's latitude. Bus and ship access to Russia, Pasvik National Park, the turnaround point for the coastal express liner).
    Longyearbyen (gateway to Svalbard archipelago at 78 deg. N, good food, arctic adventures, starting point for North Pole).

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    The Røros rail line

    by Saagar Written Sep 18, 2005

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    The Røros railway runs from Oslo via Hamar, Elverum, Røros and Støren to Trondheim. As the Dovre line is more convenient for Oslo-Trondheim travels, there are currently no through trains Oslo-Trondheim via Røros. But trains run Trondheim Røros and Hamar-Røros. The main reason to take this line would be to visit Røros town which is UNESCO heritage protected. There are also interesting things to do in parts of Østerdal valley, the eastern valleys and forests of Trysil, and the Femund lake area.

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    Oslo-Trondheim railway

    by Saagar Written Sep 18, 2005

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    Travelling by train from Oslo to Trondheim is a nice way of heading north. You pass through some of the best agricultural landscapes of Norway, along the biggest lake, the longest valley (Gudbrandsdal), cross the Dovre mountain plateau, down the beautiful Drivdal valley and enter the forests and rolling landscapes of Trøndelag county. Along the way you pass a few smallish towns, past Oslo Airport: Eidsvoll, Hamar, Moelv, Lillehammer, Otta, Dombås, Oppdal and eventually, Trondheim. The following station towns give access to explorations of a wider area: Hamar (branch line to Røros, access to Trysil and the eastern taiga), Lillehammer (access to alpine skiing, Gausdal and Lillehammer mountains for hiking and biking), Ringebu (access to Ringebu and southern Rondane mountains), Vinstra (access to Heidal and Sjoa rafting, south-eastern jotunheimen mountains), Otta (best entry point to to Rondane mountains, bus connections to Jotunheimen, Sognefjellet and Breheimen mountains, villages of Vågå and Lom, Geiranger and the west coast fjords), Dombås (branch line thorugh Romsdal to Åndalsnes, access to Dovre and Tafjord mountains), Hjerkinn (smack in the middle of Dovre mountains, start your hike from the train tracks), Oppdal (bus connections to Sunndal, Møre fjords and towns, Trollheimen mountains, Forelhogna wilderness).
    The branch line to Åndalsnes through Romsdal is a mighty experience. Do it for the trill. When crossing Dovre, hit the cafe car at Dombås and get seated at a table and get some food and enjoy the view across Dovre.

    The Dovre/Rauma railway Dovre plateau from the air, railway crosses lower
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    Oslo-Bergen railway

    by Saagar Written Sep 18, 2005

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    The 7-hour train trip between Oslo and Bergen is a delight in rail travel. In fact it is anmed as one of the best railway stretches in the world. Beware, though, that during winter the days are short and the view thus limited. There are many options and diversions to be made if you have time and interest. I'll come back to this. For the Norway in a Nutshell route, see separate tip on this.

    The Bergen railway
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    Drammen

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Sep 2, 2005

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    The town of Drammen is located only 40 Km far from Oslo and it was founded in 1811. It is a very nice town where to spend a couple of hours. The Bragernes Market, the heart of the old town, is the biggest square of Norway and here you can see old buildings like the City Hall, The Fire Station, the Stock Exchange and the Bragernes Church. You must go to the Spiralen, a long tunnel in the rock that has got siw spiralen. From the Spiraltoppen you can see a wonderful view of the town.

    More information on my Drammen page.

    Drammen seen from Spiraltoppen CIty Hall Bragernes Church
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    Tonsberg

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 31, 2005

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    Tonsberg is the oldest town of Norway and it was ereceted in the 871. The name of Tonsberg mean Hill of the farm and it is related to the Farm of Hauger. In this farm there are the tomb of the kings Olaf from Vestfold and Sigrod from Trondelag that fought against in the battle of Hauger. Following in the town was built the Royal Palace. In the 17th century it was a very important harbour and in the 1850 it had got the biggest navy of Norway. Very nice is the Slottsfjellet where you can find the ruins of the castle and to see a nice wiev over the towna and the fjord.

    More infomation on my Tonsberg page.

    Slottsfjellet: the tower Bryggen Domkirke
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