How You Can Visit The Locations in Frozen
The Frozen frenzy has once again hit America with the sequel to the record-breaking first movie hitting theaters to fantastic reviews.
We head back to Arendelle six years after we last saw sisters Elsa and Anna and join them both, Kristoff and Sven on a journey of discovery (Elsa) and love (Anna). And of course the fantastic Olaf comes along to bring humor to the adventure.
But if your little ones – or even yourself – have come away wanting to visit Arendelle you cannot use the excuse it is an animated film, as the whole movie was based on real-life locations, predominantly in Norway and Iceland in Europe.
We thought we would take a look at the beautiful settings and see which ones you should visit, starting in Bergen, Norway.
Weave through the beautiful houses that are on the route through Bergen to the stunning harbour of Bryggen and you will notice they look familiar to fans of Elsa and Anna. Used as the inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle in both Frozen movies, UNESCO’s World Heritage Site will fill you with wonder and awe as you look around the wooden Hanseatic-era buildings.
And when looking at the harbor itself it is easy to visualize yourself at any of the many events the two sisters hold by the water, the market or even the spot where Anna is saved from the water from love interest Hans.
However this is not where the inspiration for Elsa’s coronation is located. Head out of Bergen and you will find the beautiful village of Balestrand. Although only a four hour drive, many find it takes far longer due to stopping at the beautiful settings spotted along the way.
In Balestrand you will find the appropriately named St Olaf’s Church. Although the area may not look too familiar, step inside and you will instantly be transported to the day of Elsa’s coronation due to the fact the interior was replicated for the film.
For those of you wanting to truly experience Frozen make sure you visit Saltfjellet-Svartisen National Park. Located in the Arctic Circle, the northern wilderness is home for reindeer and there are plenty of authentic hotels and hostels for you to choose from.
And if you are one of the cinema goers who fell in love with the beautiful scenes in the enchanted forest you need to head further afield to the island of Iceland. Located nearly 1,500 km away from Norway, Iceland can be reached either by ferry or by taking a short flight.
Once there head out to Reynisfjara situated on the south coast and marvel at the black-sand beaches and the beautiful basalt rocks, thought to be the inspiration for the “earth giants”.
The is home to both the Svínafellsjökull glacier and Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and is clearly the inspiration for Queen Elsa’s trip to the mystical river Ahtohallan.
But it is not just the Frozen locations that make Norway such a beautiful place to visit. Visiting Norway in the run up to Christmas is always a magical experience, thanks to the traditions the country is seeped in.
The first week of December will see Christmas trees and city streets decorated with festive lights and decorations while ‘Little Christmas Eve’ on the 23rd of December sees Norwegian families hosting their own decorations – it is common for homes to decorate the tree and make gingerbread houses while the tradition of eating rice pudding, complete with hidden almond, is also a tradition popular in this area.
If you like a bit of snow sports make your way to Trysil, Norway’s largest ski resort. Perfect for skiers of all levels, the 45 miles of pistes also have excellent ski schools.
Oslo, the nation’s capital, is home to an inspiring winter wonderland. Full of Christmas themed concerts and an amazing Christmas market, Advent is one of the most popular times to visit Oslo.
A strange tradition amongst Norwegians is that if you kiss a moose you will receive good luck and happiness so make your way to Svartisen and meet some of the largest land-living animals, all by the foot of the Svartisen Glacier.
The remote archipelago of Svalbard will enable you to have a true Arctic adventure, with dog sledding trips available for all the family. Svalbard is also a perfect location to get a glimpse of the Northern Lights – aurora borealis – in the winter, while in the summer months visitors can expect to experience the ‘midnight sun’, a phenomenon where there is sunlight 24 hours a day.
Finally, make your way to the outskirts of the city of Bodø and find your way to the Saltstraumen Maelstrom, the strongest tidal current in the world. Book your boat trip across the awesome whirlpools and find out about the stunning mountains, scenery and the amazing natural phenomenon of the area.
Sandra Hart is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in the United Kingdom. You can reach her at email@example.com.