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The new animated film may be based on a Hans Christian Andersen tale, but its animators took note of awe-inspiring locations in this Nordic country for its scenic backdrops

In the wintry forests of Arendelle, Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), Olaf the snowman (Josh Gad), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and Sven the reindeer make plans.


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Inspiration for Sven, the reindeer that follows Kristoff around like a dog in Frozen, was found in Roros, a former mining town and UNESCO site in Norway. Disney art directors travelled here to get a feel for winter weather and landscapes.

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Here lies the kingdom of Arendelle, before the weather turns in Frozen.


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Arendelle was inspired by the UNESCO site Naeroyfjord, an arm of the Sognefjord, Norway’s longest fjord. The area is known for its dramatic scenery and glacial lakes.

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To make Frozen’s world more realistic, animators draw on the long nights and light shows well known to Norwegians.


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Travellers to Ersfjord in Tromso are often treated to deliriously beautiful Northern Lights in the night skies.

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A scene where characters make their way through ghostly snow covered trees in Frozen....


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...could have been inspired by chilly walks through the forests of Evenes in Northern Norway, which is also another popular spot to view the Northern Lights.

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