the Scandinavian kingdom of Norway is better known for its fjord-indented
coastline as well as its snow capped Inland Mountains, the country is also home
to some of the most enduring cultural attractions in Western Europe. This guide
looks highlights the best attractions of cultural tourism in Norway as a way of
informing discerning travelers what is in store when they embark on a tour of
this legendary Scandinavian destination.
Cultural History of Norway the region today known as
Norway was first settled by humans back in 7,000 BC when a temperature rise
following the end of the most recent ice age made the area inhabitable for the
first time. The earliest inhabitants of Norway survived by a combination of
fishing and hunting of game such as elk and deer as well as whales and seals.
This sort of lifestyle continued until about 3,000 BC at which time agriculture
became a more worthwhile way of life. The development of a thriving cultural
tradition began to take root as the inhabitants settled down and the discovery
of bronze for forging tools and weapons spurred on the revolution.
The earliest people to leave an indelible cultural
mark on the face of Norway were the Vikings. As they prospered, they spread
their conquests to other parts of Europe with raids to settlements in what is
modern day England, Scotland, Ireland and even France well recorded. This era
was followed by a period of great division among Norwegian people with the
country divided into several kingdoms well into the 11th century BCE. Olaf
Haraldson was the first Norwegian king to take control of the entire country,
converting the inhabitants to Christianity en masse.
Cultural Attractions of Norway the cultural heritage
of Norway has been deeply influenced by the Viking traditions, Christianity and
the farming way of life. The following is a running summary of the most
significant attractions for Cultural Tourism in Norway. 1. For the Folk Music Festival This cultural
music festival is held once every year and brings together a host of both local
Norwegian folk music artists and international ones. The festival runs for
three days and every year there is one country on focus with invitations
extended to various performers of the selected country to showcase their
The Folk Music Festival takes place around July
and August. 2. Oslo International Film Festival
Held every year in November, the Oslo International Film Festival is a
fortnight long celebration of Norwegian film tradition and plenty of
international productions are featured too. The festival showcases everything
from full length feature films to short films, documentaries and animations.
Over the years, this festival has gained prominence as one of the more
outstanding cultural tourism attractions in Norway.
3. The Festival of Lucia the festival of Lucia is one of the most significant days devoted to celebrating Norwegian culture and way of life. The Lucia festival signals the coming of winter and falls on the longest night in the lunar calendar. In every Norwegian town and village, a woman is selected and crowned Princess Lucia. The princess is tasked with the duty of serving cookies, bread, coffee and other niceties as the people await and reverently observe the rising of the sun on what is by all definitions the most significant day on the Norwegian cultural calendar.
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