This winter audiences from all over the world have been spellbound by Disney’s latest movie, Frozen. But did you know that the movie was inspired by Norway?
Setting out with a mission to get inspiration for the movie Frozen, a delegation from Disney visited Norway in March 2012. Overwhelmed by all that the country has to offer, the biggest challenge was to decide what not to include. The movie has captured and showcases some of the best parts of Norway.
A Cold Adventure
One might wonder if Disney is making its way across Europe. For the second time, they have decided to focus a whole story around one country. In 2012, the movie Brave was released and was strongly influenced by Scotland’s nature, culture and people. This year it is Norway’s turn to show of its best assets in Frozen.
When a curse of eternal winter strikes the Kingdom of Arendelle, fearless and optimistic Anna sets out for an epic journey to find her sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, to lift it. Together, with the experienced mountaineer Kristoff and his trusty reindeer Sven, she makes her way through valleys and across mountains. Encountering trolls, the talking snowman Olaf, and magic on every peak, Anna fights the ice cold elements to save the Kingdom.
A Taste of Norway
The landscape Anna travels through is strongly influenced by what you can expect to find in any visit to Norway. Mountain peaks covered with snow, stave churches, the wharf in Bergen and Viking ships are just some of the elements you will find in Frozen. There are also trolls speaking Norwegian and a man selling the traditional Norwegian food “lutefisk” – dried codfish prepared in a potash lye. All are thought of as typical representations of the country. The stave churches in particular are something unique to Norway. These characteristic, medieval wooden buildings derive their name from the buildings structure, a type of timber framing.
An Inspiring Region
One of the regions which really made an impression on the film makers is Mid-Norway. Several elements from this area are found in the movie. When the researchers visited the UNESCO listed mining village of Røros, they visited a reindeer farm and learned about the equipment used for riding with them. The team also got to see traditional winter gear. All of these small details can be seen on two of the movie’s main characters, Kristoff and his reindeer Sven. The way they are portrayed has a clear resemblance to what the Disney delegation encountered during their visit here. Even the winter landscapes surrounding Røros are seen in the movie.
If you have ever visited Trondheim, the principal city of Trøndelag, you might also recognise small details here and there. The inside of the city’s famous Nidaros Cathedral, and also parts from Stiftsgården, the largest wooden palace in Scandinavia, can be found in the movie.
Many believe Trøndelag to be Norway in miniature as a visit here gives you a feel of the variation in the country’s culture, as well as its landscape. You might not find the large-scale fjords but you are guaranteed beautiful nature, typical, characteristic buildings, and an opportunity to experience the Norwegians’ extraordinary love for the outdoors. It is also worth mentioning that the locals are always ready to show you all the gems the region has to offer.
Radisson Blu Royal Garden Hotel,Trondheim is situated in the very heart of the region, with beautiful Røros only a 2.5 hour train trip away. This makes it a great place to stay for anyone wanting a Norwegian experience and a taste of the Frozen adventure.
What would you want to visit in Norway?