UNESCO Names World Heritage Sites in Norway

UNESCO announced its 2021 World Heritage List of cultural and geographic sites “considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.” Many of these sites are highly trafficked; but in a time when social distancing and outdoor life is strongly encouraged, several in Norway are perfect for those who want to travel off the beaten path and away from over touristed landmarks.  
In anticipation of the country’s reopening, sustainable luxury travel company Up Norway shared recommendations of the best sites:
• West Norwegian Fjords: Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord are described by UNESCO as having exceptional natural beauty. Part of this heritage area is Tafjord where travelers can experience the lesser-known fjord for a more secluded visit, kayaking in the turquoise water, spotting dolphins, rappelling down the Zakariasdam and hiking with a nature guide across the mountain between Herdalen valley and Tafjord.
• Bryggen in Bergen:The old wharf of Bergen is known for its colorful and characteristic wooden houses. Experience Bergen at sunrise with a local jogging guide, then take a morning dip in the ocean and see the city sites from a local’s perspective.
• Rock Art of Alta: This group of petroglyphs in the Alta Fjord, near the Arctic Circle, bears traces from ancient settlements. The area is beautiful in the fall, due to the bright changing colors. Stay in a cozy mountain hideaway located above a fairytale valley at Bjørnfjell Lodge. Don’t miss the Alta Museum, the Alta river (one of the best salmon rivers in Norway), and experience true native Sami heritage. 
• Røros: Røros is an old mining town linked to copper mines developed in the 17th century. Don’t miss experiencing the mining culture and joining a culinary safari where a local food guide will take you on an exciting trip through Norway local food history.
www.upnorway.com; www.visitnorway.com

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