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The very first buildings in Bergen were alongside the harbour called Bryggen. Bryggen has been the nerve centre of the city for hundreds of years and the silhouette of its ancient gables is perhaps the most familiar image in all of Norway.
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Urnes Stave Church, the oldest of Norway's stave churches, is included on UNESCO's World Heritage List. It was built around 1130 AD, but the distinctive carvings on the north portal are from an even older church.
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4 kilometres of second-hand books for sale! The Norwegian Booktown is situated in Mundal, the centre of Fjærland. It consists of various second-hand bookshops, open every day 1 May - 21 September 2014. (Closed on 17th of May). Some of the bookshops are combined with a café, art gallery and souvenirshop.
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At the Viking market you will find lots of activities for children, fighting, courses and tales. The market takes place in July.
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The Viking settlement is situated in beautiful natural surroundings on the island of Bukkøy and is accessible on foot with a 10 minute walk from St. Olav's Church. Here it is possible to see and experience how the Vikings lived. Every aspect of the day-to-day life of the Vikings, from work to celebrations including farming, fishing, handicrafts, commerce, art and culture are on display here. Many buildings typical of Viking times are re-constructed using original techniques and of special interest is the granary and round house from the pre-Christian era.
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Troldhaugen in Bergen, the home of composer Edward Grieg, is now a living museum comprising an exhibition centre with shop and cafe, concert hall, composers' cabin and Grieg's villa dating from 1885.
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The Norwegian Petroleum museum is a museum for everyone. Its exhibits explain how oil and gas are created, discovered and produced, and what they are used for. The museum also provides information about technological advances and the way petroleum influences Norwegian society. Original objects, models, film and interactive exhibits illustrate everything from everyday life offshore to technology and dramatic incidents.
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Experience Europe's oldest annual jazz festival Vibrant rhythms permeate every nook and cranny of Molde when almost 100,000 visitors descend on the town during the festival weeks. The whole of Molde pulsates from morning to night, to the accompaniment of jazz music from all corners of the world - in the magnificent surroundings that only Northwest Norway can offer. In this beautiful setting you will encounter throngs of happy people, street sellers, art exhibitions, enthusiastic festival officials, outdoor restaurants - and more than 100 concerts, several of them free.
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Bergen International Festival was founded in 1953 and has focused on presenting prominent international and Norwegian artists in the fields of music, ballet, opera, theatre, dance and the performing arts. The Festival, which is the principal event of its kind in Norway, takes place every year over 15 days at the end of May and presents over 190 events.
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Førde Traditional and World Music Festival is a yearly event in the beginning of July, and was held for the first time in 1990. The festival is the biggest multi cultural musical event in Norway and the beautiful scenery in Fjord Norway provides a unique setting for the festival.
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Four buildings – one ticket! Go back in time with a historical visit to our extensive collection of art and design. The museum fills four buildings in the centre of the city. You can experience the masterpieces by Edvard Munch, Nikolai Astrup, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and J. C. Dahl, visit the unique exhibition “the Silver Treasure”, admire the handicrafts and designs from the last five hundred years, or experience some of our temporary exhibitions.
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The Art Nouveau Centre in Ålesund documents the town's unique architectural history with the establishment of Art Nouveau architecture after the great Town Fire of 1904. Experience the fascinating and exciting history that is presented to you through a time machine and multi media shows that portrays the town before and after the fire. Take a stroll through the many rooms in the listed building known as "The Swan Pharmacy", and be mesmerized by the beautiful and authentic décor.
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