Does Norway have the world’s best public toilets?

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When it comes to public establishments, Norway’s are consistently ranked among the world’s best – whether they be healthcare, higher education – or hygienic.

Read on to find out what makes Norwegian public bathrooms almost blissful.

Stegastein

According to DesignCurial, the bathrooms at the Stegastein viewpoint are among the world’s top 10. They sit 650 meters above one of Norway’s most fantastical fjords, Aurlandsfjord.

Stegastein
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The toilet facility’s location is both convenient and aesthetic. Located in the Sognefjord region, the Stegastein restrooms are a relief for any road tripper.

Architects Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen intended the bathroom facility to be as pretty as possible, and as an added bonus, the building is dramatically placed over a cliff and faces the Aurlandsfjord.

Gullsdassen

Gullsdassen shows that gold toilets aren’t just reserved for royalty.

If you’re traveling along the Senja Scenic Route and stumble upon a brass geometric outhouse, you’ve hit the jackpot.

Channel your inner Norse king or queen at Gullsdassen.

Akkarvikodden

The Lofoten Scenic Route has not one, but two top-rated toilets.

The Akkarvikodden public toilet might be hard to spot at first as architect Manthey Kula (who completed his work in 2009) purposely wanted the brown-colored and angled building to blend in with the surrounding rugged mountains and gaping skyline.

When you enter, you’ll be greeted with ceiling windows instead of typical wall windows. Kula deliberately made this decision to maximize privacy and allow as much natural light as possible to stream in from above.

Ureddplassen

Ureddplassen is not only a functional toilet but also an architectural feat and World War II memorial site.

Located on Norway’s scenic route Helgelandskysten, Uredplassen’s curved shape, floor-to-ceiling windows, and minimalist exterior benches effortlessly blend with the surrounding nature.

The site itself honors those lost aboard the World War II submarine Uredd (meaning fearless), which collided with a mine and sank.

Eggum
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Eggum

Located in Eggum, a small fishing village near Lofoten, this historical toilet prides itself on recycling. In fact, the entire bathroom has been remade from a deserted quarry.

The sleek exterior of the building was fashioned from driftwood that washed up ashore.

Eggum’s public bathroom also has ties to war history. The surrounding area’s appearance as a miniature amphitheater comes from when it was used as a WWII radar station.

Source: #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayTravel

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