Disney's Frozen was inspired by these places

Disney's Frozen was inspired by these places

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The most successful animated movie is Disney's Frozen with a box office of $1,276,480,335 (1.12 billion Euros). The places are often directly taken from objects and scenes in Norway and the animation squad visited Norway a lot of times before beginning to animate

Photo credits @ PXhere
Photo credits @ PXhere

Norway is usually described as beautiful and intense in nature. We can confirm that from the capital Oslo, hiking in Lofoten, and The Viking city Trondheim. I'll show you the correlations of Norway and the magical Frozen movie in this article.

Akershus fortress

Photo credit @ Violetta
Photo credit @ Violetta

The fortress of Arendelle is very similar to Akershus fortress and for sure an inspiration for the castle. The green part on the top of the watchtowers is the same! An animated replica. The actual fortress was made in the late 1500's and both look suitable for a King of the middle ages. Where the actual place gets mixed up in fantasy is where Michael Giaima chose to plant the fortress in the fjord of Arendelle. A stupendous setting to plant a kingdom at the foot of, he says!

Akershus Fortress
Akershus Fortress
Citadelle d'Akershus, 0150 Oslo, Norvège

Bryggen Bergen

Photo credit @ Riksantikvaren
Photo credit @ Riksantikvaren

The Bergen part of Frozen is my favourite part along with the trolls of the movie. This is where you'll see tradesmen and foreigners travelling to enter Norway! It was the most important city during some parts of Norway's history and it is currently being passionately debated if Bergen, in fact, was the capital of Norway previously.

Bryggen
Bryggen
Bryggen, 5003 Bergen, Norvège

Røros

Photo credit @ Solveig Hjelme
Photo credit @ Solveig Hjelme

Røros inspired the crystals and the magic powers that Elsa had to create her own separate reality. Fan theories suggest that Elsa is just trapped in her own reality and secludes herself from her family to keep entertaining the far-out ideas of her having superpowers. Røros is known for the drama that the landscape gives you. 

Hiking, biking, husky riding, skiing, culture walks and canoeing. These are ideas for what you can experience in this shiny town!

Røros
Røros
Røros, Norge

St. Olaf’s Church Balestrand

Photo credit @ Aloba
Photo credit @ Aloba

The cathedral from Arendelle is almost a reconstruction of the stave church in this wondrous little town in Norway. The people are humble as Norwegians usually are, and this church is one of the 28 stave churches of Norway. Remember that the creators took the name of this church as the name of the snowman.

St Olaf's Church Balestrand
St Olaf's Church Balestrand
Kong Beles veg 35, 6899 Balestrand, Norge

Borgund Stave Church

To be fair, the Arendelle cathedral is argued to be a mix of St. Olaf's church and Borgund church. Borgund stave church is one of the more impressive churches in Norway. Although not incredibly bi, it is vastly charming. Norwegian historians claim that there were about 2000 Stave churches at the peak and some claim there were only 1000

Borgund stavkirke Lærdal
Borgund stavkirke Lærdal
Vindoella 621, 6888 Borgund, Norge

Stiftsgården

The inside of the castle is like the inside of Stiftsgården. This is in Trondheim. Take a trip to the Akershus fortress in Oslo for the outside and Stiftsgården in Trondheim for the inside! The official King's house when he is in Trondheim. You can visit the house with a tour that lasts until 15.00 every day. It's worth it to understand how the Norwegian monarchy works!

Stiftsgården Trondheim
Stiftsgården Trondheim
Stiftsgården, Trondheim, Norge

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Kai Bonsaksen

Kai Bonsaksen

I'm Kai from Norway. I always follow that little voice in my head that tells me to go and explore new places … and on itinari, I talk about the ones I know the best!

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