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27Geiranger Fjord, NorwayThe Geirangerfjorden is a fjord in the Sunnmøre region of Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. It is located entirely in the Stranda Municipality. It is a 15-kilometre long branch off of the Sunnylvsfjorden, which is a branch off of the Storfjorden (Great Fjord). The small village of Geiranger is located at the end of the fjord where the Geirangelva river empties into it.

08Bryggen, Bergen, NorwayBryggen is an area that includes 61 “wooden buildings—East of Vågen in Bergen, Norway—with byggeplan and building types from pre-Hanseatic periods” and from the Hanseatic period.The city of Bergen was founded ,within what later became the boundaries of Bryggen, according to the Sagas, says encyclopedia Store Norske Leksikon.Bryggen has since 1979 been on the UNESCO list for World Cultural Heritage sites.Today, Bryggen houses museums, shops, restaurants and pubs.

13Laerdal, NorwayLærdal is a municipality in the southeastern part of Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. It is located on the south side of the Sognefjorden in the traditional district of Sogn. The administrative center of the municipality is the village of Lærdalsøyri. The area of the municipality is 1,342 square kilometres ,half of it consists of mountain areas, the rest is valleys. The old Filefjell Kongevegen road passes through Lærdal on its way to Valdres and later to Oslo.The Lærdal river valley is long, running from Hemsedal (Høgeloft mountain) and the Filefjell mountains in the east to the Sognefjorden in the west.

09Jostedal, NorwayJostedal is a village and a former municipality in Sogn og Fjordane county in Norway. It is located in the northern part of the present-day municipality of Luster, about 22 kilometres  north of Gaupne. The village of Jostedal currently has around 410 inhabitants (2008).

Bergen, NorwayBergen is a city and municipality in Hordaland on the west coast of Norway. As of 20 August 2013, the municipality had a population of 270,000 and Greater Bergen had a population of 396,900, making Bergen the second-largest city in Norway. The municipality covers an area of 465 square kilometres and is located on the peninsula of Bergenshalvøyen. The city centre and northern neighbourhoods are located on Byfjorden and the city is surrounded by mountains. For this reason, Bergen is known as the city of seven mountains. Many of the extra-municipal suburbs are located on islands. Bergen is the administrative centre of Hordaland and consists of eight boroughs—Arna, Årstad, Åsane, Bergenhus, Fana, Fyllingsdalen, Laksevåg and Ytrebygda.Trading in Bergen may have started as early as the 1020s, but the city was not incorporated until approximately 1070. It served as Norway’s capital in the 13th century, and from the end of the 13th century became a bureau city of the Hanseatic League. Until 1789, Bergen enjoyed exclusive rights to mediate trade between Northern Norway and abroad. The remains of the quays, Bryggen, is a World Heritage Site. The city was hit by numerous fires. The Norwegian School of Economics was founded in 1936 and the University of Bergen in 1946. From 1831 to 1972, Bergen was its own county. In 1972 the municipality absorbed four surrounding municipalities, and at the same time became a part of Hordaland county.The city is an international centre for aquaculture, shipping, offshore petroleum industry and subsea technology, and a national centre for higher education, tourism and finance. The city’s main football team is SK Brann and the city holds the unique tradition in buekorps. Natives speak the distinct Bergensk dialect. The city features Bergen Airport, Flesland, the Bergen Light Rail and is the terminus of the Bergen Line; Bergen Port is Norway’s busiest. Four large bridges connect Bergen to its suburban municipalities. - Premium

Juvet Landscape HotelThe Juvet Landscape Hotel is located at Valldal, near the town of Åndalsnes in north-western Norway. Passing tourists are attracted by a spectacular waterfall in a deep gorge near the road, ”Gudbrandsjuvet”. The client, Knut Slinning, is a local resident. The idea emerged as an opportunity to exploit breathtaking scenery with minimal intervention, allowing locations which would otherwise be prohibited for reasons of conservation.Instead of the conventional hotel, with guest rooms stacked together in one large building, the Landscape Hotel distributes the rooms throughout the terrain as small individual houses. Every house has one or two walls that are entirely built in glass, thus the experienced space in each room is maximized. Through careful orientation every room gets its own exclusive view of a beautiful and unique piece of the landscape, always changing with the season, the weather, and the time of day. No room looks out at another so the rooms are experienced as private even though curtains are not used.
At the moment there are 7 rooms completed, but with the possibility to add 21 more rooms according to the master plan. All the rooms have slightly differing designs, as a result of local topographical needs and vegetation, and to maximize the requirements for privacy and the best possible views. No rooms necessitate blasting of rock or changing the terrain, as the rooms are added to the existing topography.
The rooms are built in a massive wood construction with no exterior insulation, and are intended for summer use only. Each building rests on a set of 40mm massive steel rods drilled into the rock, existing topography and vegetation left almost untouched. The glass is set against slim frames of wood, locked with standard steel profiles, using stepped edges to extend the exterior layer of the main glass surfaces all the way to the corners.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAVerdens Ende (World’s End, or The End of the Earth) is located at the southernmost tip of the island of Tjøme in Vestfold, Norway.It is composed of various islets and rocks and is one of the most popular scenic spots in the area, with panoramic views of the Skagerrak and fishing facilities. It also has a replica of a Vippefyr, an early type of beacon or lighthouse, erected in 1932.

Photos by : Doina D.

Hardanger Bridge is a bridge under construction which will cross the Hardangerfjord in southwestern Norway. It will replace today’s ferry connection between Brurvik and Brimnes and will be a part of the shortest road connection between Oslo and Bergen.The bridge will be about 1,380 metres (4,530 ft) long, with a main span of 1,310 metres (4,300 ft). It will be a suspension bridge, one of the longest spans in the world (no 7 in today’s list, no 9 when completed, and no 1 in Norway). Sailingsheight is 55 metres (180 ft) and towers reach 186 metres (610 ft).The bridge will have two lanes and a width of 7.5 metres (25 ft) for the roadway, and a bike/walkpath. The traffic on the bridge is only estimated for 1850 vehicles per day in 2020 since it’s located in a very sparsely populated area. Opening is scheduled for 2013.
Currently a ferry runs over the fjord every 20 – 60 minutes depending on the season, the ferry takes 10 minutes. The project will cost 1800 million kroner (around € 200 million) and over half of this will be paid by toll on the ferry and after completion on the bridge.The small difference between length and span is because the fjord quickly becomes very deep, and the towers must stand on shore. Also there are steep mountain walls. On both sides the road will enter tunnels directly from the bridge. The maximum water depth near the bridge is about 500 metres (1,600 ft), and the mountains surrounding the fjord are about 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) high.The engineering part of the project will be done by Statens Vegvesen, Veidirektoratet. The cable bands, tower saddles and splay saddles have been manufactured in the UK by Goodwin Steel Castings Ltd.


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