My Top Ten destinations in Norway 5. August 2013 Andreas Kühn Oslo The Norwegian Parliament (Storting) was openes in 1866. The building was designed by the Swedish architect Emil Victor Langlet and is built in yellow brick with details and basement in light gray granite. Hardangervidda A beautiful landscape in the counties of Buskerud, Hordaland and Telemark. It is the largest such plateau in Europe, with a cold year-round alpine climate and is the site of one of Norway’s largest glaciers. Much of the plateau is protected as part of Hardangervidda National Park; it is a popular tourist and leisure destination for many outdoor activities. Urnes Urnes Stave Church is the oldest stav church. It’s situated at the Ornes farm, along the Lustrafjord. In 1979 it was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Skudeneshavn The beautiful village is located on the southernmost tip of the island of Karmøy. It is part of the traditional district of Haugaland. Jostedal Glacier Nigardsbreen is one of the most accessible and best known arms of the Jostedalsbreen glacier. Nigardsbreen is located near the municipality of Luster. Bryggen (Bergen) Bryggen is a series of Hanseatic commercial buildings lining the eastern side of the fjord coming into Bergen. Since 1979 it’s part of the UNESCO list for World Cultural Heritage sites. Flåm Line The Flåm Line is a 20.2-kilometer long railway line between Myrdal and Flåm in Aurland. The line’s elevation difference is 863 meters (2,831 ft); it has ten stations, twenty tunnels and one bridge. The maximum gradient is 5.5 percent (1:18), making it the steepest standard gauge railway in Europe. Because of its steep gradient and picturesque nature the Flåm Line became the third-most visited tourist attraction in Norway. Lofoten Lofoten is an archipelago and a traditional district in the county of Nordland. Though lying within the Arctic Circle,# the archipelago experiences one of the world’s largest elevated temperature anomalies relative to its high latitude. The famous Stockfish is imported from Lofoten. Alta The Rock carvings at Alta, dating from c. 4200 BC to 500 BC, are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Kirkenes The little town in Finnmark county Kirkenes is the end of the route of the Hurtigruten, which cruises daily up and down the Norway coast to and from Bergen. It’s also the terminus of Kirkenes–Bjørnevatn Line, the world’s second-most northerly railway line.