Beautiful Norway: 10+ Inspired Tourist Route Stops

Categories Inspired Architecture

This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings – a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world. 

A great example of progressive government policy: In 2005 Norway launched The National Tourist Routes: a vast 15-year campaign re-evaluating the concept of tourism by transforming it into a culturally active product. To achieve that the government turned to a stellar congregation of designers & architects with a request to create their own stunning yet nature-aware rest stops, observation decks and other small-scale architectural jewels. The architectural objects are already effectively shaping the vastly attractive new face of the planned tourist routes. Hopefully, a move that will not only generate greater tourist activity for beautiful Norway but will also inspire other governments to follow in these footsteps.

Reiulf Ramstad Architects: Trollstigen

Reiulf Ramstad Architects: Trollstigenimage: Jiri Havran

Peter Zumthor & Louise Bourgeois: Steilneset Witch Trial Memorial

Peter Zumthor & Louise Bourgeois: Steilneset Witch Trial Memorialimage: National Tourist Routes Norway

Smedsvig: Askevågen

Smedsvig: Askevågenimage: Per Kollstad

Code: architecture: Tungeneset

Code: architecture: Tungenesetimage: Jarle Wæhler

Manthey Kula: Akkarvikodden

Manthey Kula: Akkarvikoddenimage: Steinar Skaar

Snøhetta: Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion

Snøhetta: Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilionimage: Klaas Van Ommeren

Nordplan: Hellåga

Nordplan: Hellågaimage: Jarle Wæhler

Tommie Wilhelmsen: Stegastein

Tommie Wilhelmsen: Stegasteinimage: Jarle Wæhler

Jensen & Skodvin Architects: Gudbrandsjuvet

Jensen & Skodvin Architects: Gudbrandsjuvetimage: Jan Olav

Lars Berge: Flotane

Lars Berge: Flotaneimage: Lars J. Berge

3 RW: Ørnesvingen

3 RW: Ørnesvingenimage: Steinar Skaar

Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk: Sohlbergplassen

Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk: Sohlbergplassenimage: Jørn Hagen


Antonina is an architect who has recently joined the OpenBuildings team to take over Community Outreach. Believes in interdisciplinary approach to architecture and everything else, fascinated by Japanese and Dutch design, typography and all things inspired.

OpenBuildings is a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of contemporary and conceptual architecture from around the world that exists as a website and application for iPhone, and recently – Android, which enable users to find, learn about and share nearby buildings of architectural merit.

  • i bumped into your site while looking for the norwegian reindeer pavilion! what a discovery of treasure. there are some really neat projects.

    i have a few projects from the US to share as well, if this is open to selection process. let me know.

    amit upadhye, AIA
    Arizona, USA