Historic Wooden Towns

Wooden buildings are a feature of Scandinavia, and towns and cities were once built exclusively from timber. But 'great fires' – whether through somebody smoking in bed or burning the toast – were understandably common and comparatively few of these historic districts remain. They are worth seeking out for their quaint, unusual beauty; among others, Bergen and Stavanger in Norway, Rauma in Finland and Gothenburg in Sweden preserve excellent 'timbertowns', perfect neighbourhoods for strolling around. Across the region, house museums preserve traditional architecture and contents for an enjoyable trip back in time.