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The old mining town of Røros is just one of Norway's UNESCO-listed attractions. - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS - Visitnorway.com
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The old mining town of Røros is just one of Norway's UNESCO-listed attractions. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS - Visitnorway.com

History and tradition

Travel back in time and learn about Norway’s rich heritage, including Vikings and the Sami.
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The old mining town of Røros is just one of Norway's UNESCO-listed attractions. - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS - Visitnorway.com

History and tradition

Travel back in time and learn about Norway’s rich heritage, including Vikings and the Sami.

History and tradition

Source: Visitnorway

Norwegian history

Historical milestones

The earliest signs of human settlement in Norway date back to 9000 BC. Norway was united to one kingdom 900 AD and got its own constitution in 1814.

Viking Culture, People and History

The Vikings have earned their place in history as a seafaring warrior culture with a fine eye for design and a good ear for storytelling.

Stave churches

Stave churches are an important part of Norway's architectural heritage. Urnes Stave Church in the Sognefjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Religion in Norway

Norse mythology held sway until Norway became Christian around the year 1000. Today there is religious freedom.

The Pilgrims' Route to Trondheim

The old Pilgrims' Route between Oslo and Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim was reopened the summer of 1997.

The history of skiing

People have been skiing for more than 4,000 years in Norway. In fact, this is where skiing first became a sport.

Polar explorers

Roald Amundsen was the first man in history to reach the South Pole, on 14 December 1911. He is only one of several great Norwegian polar explorers.

Norway's national day

17 May is Norway's Constitution Day and is celebrated with children's parades and festivities.

Thor Heyerdahl, a modern-day explorer

Thor Heyerdahl sailed a log raft 5000 miles over open ocean to prove a point. See the extensive exhibition on his life, work and many adventures.

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