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Disney’s Frozen
Disney’s Frozen.
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Let it goooo

These days Frozen 2 is on its way to movie theatres all over the world, but did you know that several scenes in the first Frozen movie are inspired by people and attractions in Trøndelag? And you can, of course, take part of the Frozen universe on a journey through Norway!

In March 2012 a team from the media giant Disney was on a tour in Norway. The aim of the trip was to find inspiration for the new family film Frozen, or `Frost`, as it is called in Norwegian.

During the trip around Norway, which the directors have described as «overwhelming», they visited both Røros and Trondheim, and you will find several elements from both paces in the movie.

One of the characters is even inspired by a “Trønder”, whom the delegation visited on their tour.

If you love the first movie and the Frozen universe, you’ll definitely love going on your own Frozen adventure in Trøndelag and other beautiful places in Norway. Experience authentic Frozen activities and meet people and animals who inspired Disney and their team.

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Frozen from Trondheim

What is most clearly reflected in terms of Trondheim elements in the film, is the inside of the Nidaros Cathedral, the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world. Also elements of the Royal Residence – Stiftsgården – are included in the first Frozen movie. During their visit to Trondheim the team also found inspiration for Elsa and Annas summerhouse, “The Royal Sommerhus”, that you can visit at the Norway Pavillion in Disneys Epcot centre in Florida. 

Frozen from Røros

At Røros Disney visited Rørosrein, where they got to know both reindeers and people. The Disney team learned about what kind of equipment is used when Rørosrein offer sleigh rides with reindeers, and Magne Eggen Haugom also showed some traditional winter clothing, like “vadmelstrøye” and “skallesko”.

The reindeer character Sven and the mountain man Kristoff both have obvious features from this meeting. Winter landscape similar to what you find surrounding Røros is also seen in the movie.

The character of Kristoff was influenced by the Sami people in Røros.

The character of Kristoff was influenced by the Sami people in Røros.

The plot of Frozen

After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa, her sprightly sister Anna teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer named Kristoff and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee co-directed this Walt Disney Animation Studios production based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale The Snow Queen. (

Other popular films from Disney

Disney produce blockbusters almost every year. The films are shown worldwide, and seen by millions of both children and adults. Some of the successes they have come up with in recent years are The Lion King, Toy Story, Mulan, The Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland. 

Hopefully Frozen will be referred to as a Disney classic in the future.


Visit the attractions that inspired Frozen