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The Tall Ships Races regatta in Bergen, Norway - Photo: Eivind Senneset
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The Tall Ships Races regatta in Bergen, Norway Photo: Eivind Senneset

The Tall Ship Races are coming to Norway…are you?

In 2014, the Norwegian cities of Bergen and Fredrikstad will among the hosts to The Tall Ship Races, one of the worlds world’s largest sporting event.
Press release - Apr 10 2014

The event is a fantastic gathering not just for sailing enthusiasts, but for anyone interested in history too, as the event will coincide with the 200th anniversary celebrations of Norway’s constitution.

Fredrikstad

Fredrikstad, the first port of call for the 2014 edition, from July 12-15, has a long maritime tradition - it was once Norway’s largest schooner town, home to 180 vessels. This summer it will once again welcome dozens of tall ships from around the world.

Come and see these majestic ships as they moor once again right in Fredrikstad’s centre, just like they used to a hundred years ago, and take part in the huge street party Fredrikstad will throw for the occasion.

Bergen

The city of Bergen has the honor of hosting The Tall Ships Races for the fourth time, July 24-27 2014Bergen was a Host Port in 1993, 2001 and 2008.

This year the key side will once again be full of people and activities for all ages, with free entertainment from three stages and also entertainment from, and on board, the tall ships. Maritime cultural traditions combined with modern music and culture will be an emphasis in our cultural program. The strong and successful traditions of The Tall Ships Races will be supplemented by new attractions so as to strengthen the interest of the young people of today and the future.

Did you know?

  • Gamlebyen, Fredrikstad’s Old Town, is Scandinavia’s best preserved fortress town. It was founded in 1567 by King Frederik II. It was also here that the armistice Norway signed with Sweden in 1814 was ratified.
  • Today Gamlebyen is one of Norway’s most popular attractions, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
  • As one of the offices of the Hanseatic League, Bergen was for several hundred years the centre of prosperous trade between Norway and the rest of Europe. The main strengths to life in Bergen today are a wide variety of cultural activities, the surrounding sea, international connections and academic activities
  • The old parts of town are living history, and the museums and galleries keep both art and the ancestral heritage alive. The Hanseatic wharf Bryggen, the Fish Market, the composer Edvard Grieg’s home at Troldhaugen, Rasmus Meyer’s art collection, the Aquarium and Old Bergen are just a few of the many attractions worth visiting.
  • The Tall Ships Races started in 1956, and are organised by Sail Training International, a charity based in the United Kingdom. STI has member organisations in 28 countries.
  • The theme for the 2014 edition of the Tall Ships Races in Fredrikstad is ‘Peace’. Sail Training International was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

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Last updated:  2014-04-11
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The Tall Ships Races regatta in Bergen, Norway - Photo: Eivind Senneset

The Tall Ship Races are coming to Norway…are you?

In 2014, the Norwegian cities of Bergen and Fredrikstad will among the hosts to The Tall Ship Races, one of the worlds world’s largest sporting event.

The Tall Ship Races are coming to Norway…are you?

Source: Visitnorway

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