Folk dancing

See Norwegian folk dancing in the Open-Air Museum during summer season, at the annual Christmas Fair and at special events.

  • Nærbilde av par som danser folkedans og en som spiller hardingfele
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  • Folkedans
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  • Man and woman folkdansing wearing folk dress
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  • Folkedans i Telemarkstunet
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  • Woman and man dancing folk dance in National costume
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  • Woman dancing folk dance in national costume
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  • Folkedans i Telemarkstunet
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  • Mann og kvinne i folkedrakt danser folkedans.
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Folk Dancing by the museum's Dancing Group

  • Nærbilde av barn som danser i setesdalsbunad.
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Norway has a wide range of folk dances. Traditionally performed by people in the countryside at weddings and other festive occasions, Norwegian folk dancing is a part of the country's intangible heritage. Norsk Folkemuseum's Dancing Group carries the tradition on, and presentstypical Norwegian folk dancing every Sunday at 14:00 from mid May to mid September, and during the Christmas Fair. Dressed in regional costumes from Setesdal the dancers perform a range of traditional Norwegian dances. The main instrument accompanying the dancing is the Hardanger fiddle. 

Folk Dancing every hour

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During summer, from end of June until late August, folk dancing and music performances are offered every hour. You will have the chance to see - and listen to- some typical Norwegian musical instruments. Listen to the horn which could be heard over long distances or the Hardanger fiddle with double pair of strings. The highlight of the performance is the folk dancing in the farmstead from Telemark. If you are lucky, the dancers will present the dance called Halling where the boys shall kick a hat from a stick.