Anna and Elsa’s Arrendale – Frozen: the real-life settings

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Let it go – to Norway. It’s where Michael Giaimo, Frozen’s art director, found the colour, light and atmosphere that he wanted for the amazingly successful film. Frozen already had a connection to Scandinavia. The story about the princess with cryokinetic powers is based loosely on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. Norway’s fjords, medieval stave churches and rosemaling folk art were key inspirations for Disney’s animators. And there are several Norwegian landmarks that appear in Frozen. Now that the Disney record-breaker is taking its story to the ice, we thought we’d have a look at the real-life destinations of the animated places.

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Akershus Fortress in Oslo in real life

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Akershus Fortress in Oslo. Copyright: Terje Borud – Visitnorway.com
Akershus Fortress Oslo, Norway Frozen
Inside the Akershus Fortress Oslo. Photo: Travis Modisette

Borgund Stave Church

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Borgund Stave Church. Photo: Visitnorway.com

The castle in Arrendale

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The princesses’ home, Arrendale. Copyright: Disney

And snow-bound

Arrendale in snow, Elsa, Frozen, Norway
“Arrendale’s in deep deep deep deep snow.” Copyright: Disney

A Fjord Horse in real life

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The real-life Sitron, Prince Hans’s horse. Photo: ynskjen

Sitron, Prince Hans’s Fjord Horse

Prince Hans and his Fjord Horse, Frozen
Prince Hans and his Fjord Horse. Copyright: Disney

A Viking longship

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A longship at Viking Ship Museum, Oslo, Norway. Photo: Luigi Guarino

And the longship that Anna falls into when she meets Prince Hans

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Anna meeting the duplicitous Hans Westergaard, Prince of the Southern Isles. Copyright: Disney

And the longship that appears in Olaf’s summer fantasy sequence

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Olaf the snowman dreams of summer. Copyright: Disney

Geirangerfjorden

Geirangerfjorden Norway Frozen
Geirangerfjorden. Photo: Visitnorway.com

And during Arrendale’s Ice Age

Geirangerfjorden, fjord, Norway, Frozen
The cliff that Anna and Kristoff have to jump down, to escape the Abominable Snowman. Copyright: Disney

A reindeer

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A sami with his reindeer; inspired Kristoff and Sven. Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life – Visitnorway.com

And Sven, Kristoff’s sidekick, conscience and friend

Sven, reindeer in Frozen
Sven, Kristoff’s sidekick. Copyright: Disney

The Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel

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Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel again, as attached before – inspiration for the ice castle where Elsa lives. Terje Rakke/Nordic Life – Visitnorway.com

The Ice Castle that Elsa built

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The Ice Castle that Elsa builds as Snow Queen. Copyright: Disney

Inside the Ice Castle that Elsa built

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Inside the Ice Castle. Copyright: Disney

The Aurora Borealis

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The sky’s awake! Photo: Visitnorway.com

The Northern Lights and Marshmallow, the Abominable Snowman

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The glimmering sky behind the snow monster that Elsa conjured up. Copyright: Disney

The cold never bothered her anyway

(Featured image – Copyright: Disney)

Anna and Elsa’s Arrendale – Frozen: the real-life settings was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Oonagh Shiel
Author: Oonagh Shiel (3252 posts)

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