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Where Does Frozen Take Place? 9 Ways Norway Inspired Arendelle


Where does Frozen take place? Where is Arendelle actually? It’s not too far from reality than you may think.

The world of Frozen is so beautifully enchanting that you might have wondered if a place like that actually exists—or if it’s just some made-up setting to make the Disney magic happen.

Well, it’s kind of both.

While Frozen takes place in the fictional kingdom Arendelle, the kingdom was based on multiple locations in Norway. The team behind Frozen even visited Norway to gain inspiration, and you can see Nordic influence all throughout the movie. Here are just a few of the connections between Frozen and the very real world of Norway.

1. Arendelle’s Name and Architecture Come from Norway

If you look closely, you will find that Arendelle was stitched together from fragments of Norway. For example, the kingdom was named after Arendal, a port in southern Norway.

2. Frozen and Norway Share Similar Landscapes and Scenery

The landscapes of Arendelle were heavily influenced by Norway’s western fjords, particularly Nærøyfjord. In the fjords, you will find the same waterways, mountains, and steep cliffs that you see in Frozen. 

3. The Music Has Nordic Influences

The opening song immediately tells you that the movie is based on Norway. The song, titled “Vuelie,” was adapted from a song called “Eatnemen Vuelie,” which was written by Frode Fjellheim, a Sami musician.

Now that you know where Anna and Elsa are from, find out where YOU are from. Do you share the same heritage as Anna and Elsa? How has your heritage influenced your story? Find out using FamilySearch.org.