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Svein Heltberg

I never travelled - until i was in my forties. Then I met Randi who had a wide experience with travelling. Since 2006 we have been travelling together, and since 2010 we have been "hunting" WHS'.

Through the last decade I've learnt to really appreciate the feeling of visiting new places, the curiosity and the excitement seeing different habits and cultures. Seeing nature's grand places with its unique animal life gives me great satisfaction. Historic places is another great experience, it makes you learn history along the way.

Seeing odd places which few people have visited before, preferably combined with the above, is the top of my list. Maybe it's kind of naive, but anyway...

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Camino Real Svein Heltberg

Camino Real by Svein

Visiting Camino Reale de Tierra Adentro – a route which probably has a history of very harsh conditions hundreds of years ago, makes you somewhat respectful. Nevertheless as an overseas traveler the knowledge of these facts is superficial, but still we would like to look into this site - at least some of the authentic places that the site comprises of - to see what it’s like today.

On our three week visit to Mexico july 2017 we had singled out a number of sites on the “Camino” for potential visits, in addition to WHS cities. It’s easy to tick of this site with no extra effort, but we would like to see if we could find other parts of the old road.

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Medina Azahara Svein Heltberg

Medina Azahara by Svein Heltberg

After the WHS-gettogether in September 2017 we had a Sunday drive ending in Cordoba where we spent the night. When leaving for Malaga airport we decided to make the detour of 8 km to the archeological site of Madinat al-Zahra. It was Monday and we knew the museum and the site itself was closed, but we defied that. It is a former city - something must be possible to see!

We arrived just after noon and the museum parking lot was empty and the museum closed as expected. We looked for signs to archeological site – but there were none. Anyway we chose the most likely direction and drove – and in 5 minutes we discovered something that we agreed had to be the Madinat. It was slightly uphill so we got a nice view and with the camera lens we got a couple of nice pictures.

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Komodo National Park Svein Heltberg

Komodo National Park by Svein Heltberg

In October 2017 we had a two week round trip in Java and Bali and it peaked with a two day mini cruise in the Komodo National Park – really the only way to see the park.

A flight took us from Denpasar, Bali, to Labuan Bajo, Flores, and a taxi took us down to the harbour. Our “small” vessel was a 50 or 60 foot wooden boat with two double cabins (for the four of us) and a crew of four. There were one day cruises available with a speedboat to Komodo, but the two day “slow cruise” is recommended.

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Name: Svein Heltberg

Country: Norway

Visited WHS: 391

Most Impressive: Galapagos, Komodo & Grand Canyon

Proposal New WHS:

Update 2018-07-17 20:09:30

  1. Dolomites : 5.0
  2. Galapagos Islands : 5.0
  3. Grand Canyon : 5.0
  4. Komodo National Park : 5.0
  5. West Norwegian Fjords : 5.0
  6. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst : 4.0
  7. Alto Douro : 4.0
  8. Durmitor National Park : 4.0
  9. Ha Long Bay : 4.0
  10. Kiev : 4.0
  11. Oporto : 4.0
  12. Aachen Cathedral
  13. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  14. Abbey of St Gall
  15. Acropolis
  16. Agra Fort
  17. Agrigento
  18. Ahmadabad
  19. Alcala de Henares
  20. Amiens Cathedral
  21. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  22. Antequera Dolmens Site
  23. Anuradhapura
  24. Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque
  25. Aquileia
  26. Aranjuez
  27. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  28. Assisi
  29. Auschwitz Birkenau
  30. Avila
  31. Bali Subak system
  32. Bamberg
  33. Banska Stiavnica
  34. Bardejov Town
  35. Bauhaus Sites
  36. Beemster Polder
  37. Belem
  38. Belfries
  39. Bellinzone
  40. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  41. Berat and Gjirokastra
  42. Birka and Hovgarden
  43. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  44. Borobudur
  45. Botanical Garden, Padua
  46. Bourges Cathedral
  47. Boyana Church
  48. Brugge
  49. Bryggen
  50. Brú na Bóinne
  51. Budapest
  52. Butrint
  53. Caceres
  54. Cahokia Mounds
  55. Camino Real
  56. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  57. Carlsbad Caverns
  58. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  59. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  60. Caves and Ice Age Art
  61. Centennial Hall
  62. Central Highlands
  63. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  64. Cesky Krumlov
  65. Chaco Culture
  66. Chartres Cathedral
  67. Choirokoitia
  68. Christiansfeld
  69. Churches of Peace
  70. Cienfuegos
  71. Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay
  72. Citadel of the Ho Dynasty
  73. City of Bath
  74. City of Luxembourg
  75. Classical Weimar
  76. Coa Valley and Siega Verde
  77. Cologne Cathedral
  78. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  79. Cordoba
  80. Costiera Amalfitana
  81. Cracow
  82. Crespi d'Adda
  83. Cuenca
  84. Curonian Spit
  85. Dacian Fortresses
  86. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  87. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  88. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  89. Drottningholm
  90. Dubrovnik
  91. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  92. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  93. Edinburgh
  94. El Escurial
  95. El Pinacate
  96. El Tajin
  97. Elvas
  98. Engelsberg Ironworks
  99. Epidaurus
  100. Etruscan Necropolises
  101. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  102. Evora
  103. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  104. Fatehpur Sikri
  105. Ferrara
  106. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  107. Flemish Béguinages
  108. Fontainebleau
  109. Forth Bridge
  110. Fortifications of Vauban
  111. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  112. Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda
  113. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  114. Gammelstad
  115. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  116. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  117. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  118. Genoa
  119. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  120. Gorham's Cave Complex
  121. Granada
  122. Grand Place, Brussels
  123. Grand Pré
  124. Graz
  125. Grimeton Radio Station
  126. Gros Morne National Park
  127. Guanajuato
  128. Guimarães
  129. Gulf of California
  130. Gwynedd Castles
  131. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  132. Hedeby and Danevirke
  133. Heritage of Mercury
  134. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  135. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  136. Hill Forts of Rajasthan
  137. Hoi An
  138. Holasovice
  139. Hollókö
  140. Holy Trinity Column
  141. Hortobágy
  142. Hospicio Cabañas
  143. Humayun's Tomb
  144. Hué
  145. Independence Hall
  146. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  147. Ironbridge Gorge
  148. Isole Eolie
  149. Istanbul
  150. Jantar Mantar
  151. Jelling
  152. Joggins Fossil Cliffs
  153. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  154. Kandy
  155. Karlskrona
  156. Keoladeo National Park
  157. Kernavë Archeological Site
  158. Kew Gardens
  159. Kinderdijk
  160. Kotor
  161. Kronborg Castle
  162. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  163. Kutna Hora
  164. L'Anse aux Meadows
  165. La Lonja de la Seda
  166. Lake District
  167. Laponian Area
  168. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  169. Le Havre
  170. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  171. Litomysl Castle
  172. Liverpool
  173. Loire Valley
  174. Longobards in Italy
  175. Luther Memorials
  176. Lübeck
  177. Madara Rider
  178. Major Town Houses
  179. Malbork Castle
  180. Mammoth Cave
  181. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  182. Maritime Greenwich
  183. Matera
  184. Maulbronn Monastery
  185. Mazagan
  186. Medici Villas and Gardens
  187. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  188. Medina Azahara
  189. Medina of Essaouira
  190. Medina of Marrakesh
  191. Medina of Tétouan
  192. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  193. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  194. Mesa Verde
  195. Messel Pit
  196. Miguasha Park
  197. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  198. Mistaken Point
  199. Modena
  200. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  201. Monastery of Alcobaça
  202. Monastery of Batalha
  203. Monastery of Horezu
  204. Mont-Saint-Michel
  205. Monte San Giorgio
  206. Monticello
  207. Morelia
  208. Mostar
  209. Mount Etna
  210. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  211. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  212. Muskauer Park
  213. My Son
  214. Mycenae and Tiryns
  215. Mystras
  216. Mérida
  217. Nancy
  218. Neolithic Orkney
  219. New Lanark
  220. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  221. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  222. Ohrid Region
  223. Old Havana
  224. Old Rauma
  225. Old Town Lunenburg
  226. Old Town of Galle
  227. Olympia
  228. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  229. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  230. Palmeral of Elche
  231. Pannonhalma
  232. Paphos
  233. Paquimé
  234. Par force hunting landscape
  235. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  236. Petäjävesi Old Church
  237. Phong Nha - Ke Bang
  238. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  239. Pienza
  240. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  241. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  242. Pirin National Park
  243. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  244. Plitvice Lakes
  245. Poblet Monastery
  246. Polonnaruva
  247. Pompei
  248. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  249. Popocatepetl monasteries
  250. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  251. Potsdam
  252. Poverty Point
  253. Prague
  254. Prambanan
  255. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  256. Primeval Beech Forests
  257. Provins
  258. Puebla
  259. Quedlinburg
  260. Querétaro
  261. Quito
  262. Qutb Minar
  263. Québec
  264. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  265. Rani-ki-Vav
  266. Ravenna
  267. Red Bay Basque Whaling Station
  268. Red Fort
  269. Regensburg
  270. Reichenau
  271. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  272. Rideau Canal
  273. Rietveld Schröderhuis
  274. Riga
  275. Rila Monastery
  276. Rjukan / Notodden
  277. Rock Art of Alta
  278. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  279. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  280. Rock-Art of the Mediterranean Basin
  281. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  282. Rome
  283. Roskilde Cathedral
  284. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  285. Røros
  286. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  287. Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
  288. Salamanca
  289. Saltaire
  290. Salzburg
  291. Sammallahdenmäki
  292. San Antonio Missions
  293. San Gimignano
  294. San Marino and Mount Titano
  295. San Miguel de Allende
  296. Sangay National Park
  297. Sangiran Early Man Site
  298. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  299. Santa Maria de Guadelupe
  300. Schokland
  301. Schönbrunn
  302. Segovia
  303. Siena
  304. Sighisoara
  305. Sigiriya
  306. Sinharaja Forest
  307. Sintra
  308. Skocjan Caves
  309. Skogskyrkogarden
  310. Southern Öland
  311. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  312. Speyer Cathedral
  313. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  314. Split
  315. Stari Grad Plain
  316. Statue of Liberty
  317. Stoclet House
  318. Stonehenge
  319. Stralsund and Wismar
  320. Strasbourg
  321. Struve Geodetic Arc
  322. Studenica Monastery
  323. Studley Royal Park
  324. Syracuse
  325. Taj Mahal
  326. Tallinn
  327. Taos Pueblo
  328. Tarraco
  329. Telc
  330. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  331. Teotihuacan
  332. Tequila
  333. Thang Long
  334. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  335. The Four Lifts
  336. Thingvellir
  337. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  338. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  339. Tlacotalpan
  340. Tokaji Wine Region
  341. Toledo
  342. Torun
  343. Tower of London
  344. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  345. Trang An
  346. Trebic
  347. Trier
  348. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios
  349. Trogir
  350. University of Coimbra
  351. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  352. Urbino
  353. Urnes Stave Church
  354. Val d'Orcia
  355. Val di Noto
  356. Valletta
  357. Van Nellefabriek
  358. Vatican City
  359. Vegaøyan
  360. Venetian Works of Defence
  361. Verla Groundwood and Board Mill
  362. Verona
  363. Versailles
  364. Vicenza
  365. Vienna
  366. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  367. Villa Romana del Casale
  368. Villa d'Este
  369. Villages with Fortified Churches
  370. Vilnius
  371. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  372. Visby
  373. Viñales Valley
  374. Vlkolinec
  375. Vézelay
  376. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  377. Wadden Sea
  378. Wartburg Castle
  379. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  380. Westminster
  381. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  382. Wood Buffalo National Park
  383. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  384. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  385. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  386. Würzburg Residence
  387. Xochicalco
  388. Zacatecas
  389. Zamosc
  390. Zollverein
  391. Úbeda and Baeza
  1. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  2. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  3. Central Park (T)
  4. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  5. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  6. Cittadella (Victoria - Gozo) (T)
  7. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  8. City of Motovun (T)
  9. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  10. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  11. Djerdap National Park (T)
  12. Flow Country (T)
  13. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (T)
  14. Great Spas of Europe (T)
  15. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  16. Historical City Centre of Yogyakarta (T)
  17. Historical-town planning ensemble of Ston with Mali Ston, connecting walls, the Mali Ston Bay nature reserve, Stonsko Po (T)
  18. Jaipur city, Rajasthan India (T)
  19. L'amphitheatre de Durres (T)
  20. Lake Maggiore and Lake D'Orta lakelands (T)
  21. Las Pozas, Xilitla (T)
  22. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  23. Le noyau historique de la ville d'Alba Julia (T)
  24. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  25. Les grandes villes d'eaux d'Europe (T)
  26. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  27. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  28. Leuven/Louvain, batiments universitaires, l'héritage de six siècles au sein du centre historique (T)
  29. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  30. Mining Historical Heritage (T)
  31. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  32. Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region (T)
  33. Negotinske Pivnice (T)
  34. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  35. Old Town of Bar (T)
  36. Paimio Hospital (formerly Paimio Sanatorium) (T)
  37. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  38. Primošten Vineyards (T)
  39. Rocks of Belogradchik (T)
  40. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  41. Seruwila to Sri Pada (Sacred Foot Print Shrine), Ancient pilgrim route along the Mahaweli river in Sri Lanka (T)
  42. Sites along the Uttarapath, Badshahi Sadak, Sadak-e-Azam, Grand Trunk Road (T)
  43. Sites of Saytagrah, India's non-violent freedom movement (T)
  44. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  45. System of Fortifications at the Confluence of the Rivers Danube and Váh in Komárno - Komárom (T)
  46. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  47. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  48. The city of Bergamo (T)
  49. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  50. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  51. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  52. The Olive Grove Landscapes of Andalusia (T)
  53. The town of Melnik and the Rozhen Monastery (T)
  54. Thingvellir National Park (T)
  55. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  56. Trowulan - Former Capital City of Majapahit Kingdom (T)
  57. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Jelling mounds, runic stones, palisade area and church (T)
  58. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / The Trelleborg fortresses, Denmark (T)
  59. Volterra: Historical City and Cultural Landscape (T)
  60. White Sands National Monument (T)
  1. Isole Eolie
  2. Le Havre
  3. Ferrara
  4. Split
  5. Graz
  6. Berat and Gjirokastra
  7. Salzburg
  8. Warsaw
  9. Edinburgh
  10. City of Bath
  11. Matera
  12. Old City of Jerusalem
  13. Rome
  14. Istanbul
  15. Venice and its Lagoon
  16. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  17. Silk Roads
  18. Polonnaruva
  19. Anuradhapura
  20. Angkor
  21. Rock Art of Alta
  22. Ohrid Region
  23. Plitvice Lakes
  24. Iguazu National Park
  25. Okavango Delta
  26. Victoria Falls
  27. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  28. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  29. Brú na Bóinne
  30. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  31. Nasca Lines
  32. Stonehenge
  33. Chichen-Itza
  34. Tikal National Park
  35. Mesa Verde
  36. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  37. Zamosc
  38. Vicenza
  39. Vlkolinec
  40. San Marino and Mount Titano
  41. Valletta
  42. Urbino
  43. Old Rauma
  44. City of Luxembourg
  45. Riga
  46. Grand Place, Brussels
  47. Val di Noto
  48. Mostar
  49. Messel Pit
  50. Genoa
  51. Litomysl Castle
  52. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  53. Würzburg Residence
  54. Wartburg Castle
  55. Schönbrunn
  56. Potsdam
  57. Versailles
  58. Palmyra
  59. Petra
  60. Durmitor National Park
  61. Dolomites
  62. Mount Kenya
  63. Pirin National Park
  64. Great Himalayan National Park
  65. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  66. Machu Picchu
  67. Kilimanjaro National Park
  68. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  69. Røros
  70. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  71. Tower of London
  72. Malbork Castle
  73. Great Wall
  74. Gwynedd Castles
  75. Regensburg
  76. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  77. Vilnius
  78. Kotor
  79. Sighisoara
  80. Strasbourg
  81. Bardejov Town
  82. Trogir
  83. Quedlinburg
  84. Gammelstad
  85. Torun
  86. Bamberg
  87. Telc
  88. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  89. Tallinn
  90. San Gimignano
  91. Cesky Krumlov
  92. Budapest
  93. Brugge
  94. Vienna
  95. Cracow
  96. Dubrovnik
  97. Siena
  98. Valparaiso
  99. Visby
  100. Bryggen
  101. Lübeck
  102. Maritime Greenwich
  103. Belize Barrier Reef
  104. Great Barrier Reef
  105. West Norwegian Fjords
  106. Cuzco
  107. Mammoth Cave
  108. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  109. Skocjan Caves
  110. Ha Long Bay
  111. Yosemite National Park
  112. Sinharaja Forest
  113. Redwood
  114. Greater Blue Mountains
  115. Serengeti
  116. Ngorongoro
  117. Yellowstone
  118. Galapagos Islands
  119. Komodo National Park
  120. Site of Xanadu
  121. Van Nellefabriek
  122. Rjukan / Notodden
  123. Grand Canyon
  124. Monticello
  125. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  126. Champagne
  127. Muskauer Park
  128. Vegaøyan
  129. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  130. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  131. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  132. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  133. Loire Valley
  134. Costiera Amalfitana
  135. Sintra
  136. Thingvellir
  137. Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca
  138. Old Havana
  139. Old Town of Galle
  140. Quito
  141. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  142. Madara Rider
  143. Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
  144. Curonian Spit
  145. Kinderdijk
  146. Sydney Opera House
  147. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  148. Modena
  149. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  150. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  151. Studenica Monastery
  152. Reichenau
  153. Pannonhalma
  154. Euphrasian Basilica in Porec
  155. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  156. Boyana Church
  157. Monastery of Horezu
  158. Urnes Stave Church
  159. Churches of Peace
  160. Rila Monastery
  161. Cologne Cathedral
  162. Speyer Cathedral
  163. Luther Memorials
  164. Belem
  165. Westminster
  166. Mont-Saint-Michel
  167. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  168. Vatican City
  169. Meteora
  170. Ravenna
  171. Blue and John Crow Mountains
  172. Monasteries of Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios
  173. Mystras
  174. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  175. Taj Mahal
  176. Pyramids (Memphis)
  177. Golden Temple of Dambulla
  178. Kandy
  179. Lumbini
  180. Sigiriya
  181. Kathmandu Valley
  182. Samarkand
  183. Medina of Marrakesh
  184. Syracuse
  185. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  186. Pompei
  187. Villa Romana del Casale
  188. Butrint
  189. Epidaurus
  190. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  191. Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae
  192. Agrigento
  193. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  194. Acropolis
  195. Olympia
  196. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  197. Saint-Emilion
  198. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  199. Viñales Valley
  200. Mount Etna