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Hedmark Museum in Hamar, Norway

Hedmark Museum in Hamar, Norway

Hedmark Museum in Hamar, Norway is a great place to visit for a Norwegian cultural experience. The museum has several different attractions and is located right on the shores of Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake. There is a lot of open, grassy parts of the museum grounds, so it definitely has a park-vibe going on. It’s a great place to have a picnic, take in the sights and enjoy the day. There’s one thing that makes Hedmark Museum really unique: it’s an active archaeological site. The Norwegians are still excavating the grounds (actually, most of the area is still not yet excavated). Part of the experience of visiting the museum is seeing the dig site and the progress the archaeologists are making while you’re there. One of the main attractions at Hedmark Museum is the Cathedral Ruins. The Hamar Cathedral was built-in Romanesque architecture in 1200 A.D. The roof was set on fire in the 1500s and it pretty much just sat that for three hundred years before the Norwegians started to excavate...

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Bodø, Norway | A Trip North of the Arctic Circle

Bodø, Norway | A Trip North of the Arctic Circle

Bodø, Norway is a little out-of-the-way — located just north of the Arctic Circle — but it’s spectacular. Bodø is the capital of Nordland County and it sits right on a peninsula in the Norwegian Sea. It’s a town with less than 50,000 people, but it’s the largest community in the region. I honestly only wanted to go to Bodø so I could say I’ve traveled north of the Arctic Circle. I’m sure the people who live in Bodø see their fair share of tourists just like me. I’m thankful I did it though, not only because I can I say I’ve experienced the Arctic Circle, but also because Bodø is an extremely beautiful community and worth a visit. I traveled to Bodø during November and was expecting to see a lot of snow (since it’s above the Arctic Circle). At the time I visited Bodø, I was studying abroad in Hamar, Norway (about 675 miles south of Bodø), which already had snow on the ground. But, while I was in  Bodø, I didn’t see one drop of snow. It was,...

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