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Norway’s best Christmas markets for 2021 

Christmas markets in Norway will be back to normal this year. We've picked out some of our best festive spots to find a dose of Christmas cheer or the perfect gift for that special someone. 

Here are some of the best Christmas markets in Norway for 2021. Pictured are Christmas decorations for sale at a stall.
Here are some of the best Christmas markets in Norway for 2021. Pictured are Christmas decorations for sale at a stall. Photo by Stella Tzertzeveli on Unsplash

Jul i Vinterland, Spikersuppa, Oslo

If you are planning a trip to Oslo before Christmas, this market is in an ideal location next to Spikersuppa skating rink, near Oslo’s main shopping street, Karl Johan Street. 

Not only that, but the market is a short trot from the Royal Palace if you are in the mood for some sightseeing before or after a trip to the market, where you’ll find food stalls, a skating rink and a brand new Ferris wheel for 2021. 

 
 
 
 
 
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There’s more good news for those looking for an early shot of festive cheer as the market opens on November 13th and will welcome guests until January 2nd. 

The market’s website lists activities, places to eat and an events calendar. 

Christmas Market in Trondheim 

Trondheim’s main Christmas market has grown from its humble beginnings when it launched with five stalls in 2005. 

This year the market will have over 90 exhibitions and stalls.

At the centre of the market will be several large Lavvu, traditional dwellings of the Sami people, with capacity for 500 people. 

The market begins at the turn of the month and will run until December 19th. 

More information can be found on the market’s official website.

 
 
 
 
 
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 Bergen Christmas Market

Bergen Christmas Market will be in a new, more central location this year, right in the heart of the city’s centre. However, this means the market won’t feature a Ferris wheel or carousel this year. 

This year’s market will be held at Torgallmenningen Square between November 12th and December 22nd and will feature local food and handcrafted products. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Norwegian Museum of Cultural History’s annual Christmas fair

If you want to take a trip through history in addition to getting into the festive spirit, then look no further than the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History‘s Christmas market. 

The fair will only be available for two weekends in December, the 4-5th and 11-12th between 11am and 4pm, so make sure you don’t miss out. 

In addition to the Christmas market there’ll be a number of exhibitions and Norwegian traditions on display. 

However, you’ll need to buy tickets with adult tickets starting from 180 kroner and kids tickets costing 40. Family tickets for two adults and up to three children cost 380 kroner. Tickets can be booked online.

Kristiansand

The Christmas market in Kristiansand, southern Norway, takes inspiration from European Christmas markets. 

The market takes place in the city’s square between November 27th and December 22nd. You’ll also be able to test your skills in the nearby ice rink and give kakemann, a traditional local Christmas cookie, a go. 

The market will include handcrafted products, ceramics, knitted clothes and glassware. 

Christmas in Viken, Lillestrøm 

A new attraction for this year, Christmas in Viken will entail more than 30 activities at two locations, the centre of Lillestrøm and at the Norwegian Trade Fair. 

Alongside traditional Christmas markets, there’ll be a Ferris wheel, alpaca walks, sleigh rides and the building of a gingerbread town that visitors can take part in. 

The events will run from November 26th until December 19th. The opening will host a 3D light show and there will be several other activities while the market is on. Tickets can be purchased online.

Egersund

Not too far from Stavanger, Egersund has long been one of Norway’s favourite Christmas destinations. 

The Christmas market in Egersund takes inspiration from British and German markets. Between December 2nd and December 12th, the town centre will be transformed into a Christmas town. 

The Christmas town offers a number of performances, concerts and stalls to check out. 

Hadeland Glassverk

This is perhaps one for those looking for something slightly different from their Christmas market experience, with marginally more left-field activities such as hand blowing your own Christmas baubles.

The activities at Hadeland include Norway’s largest indoor Christmas market and ten other shops, five restaurants and an art gallery. 

The Christmas events run every weekend, beginning at the end of October and running until December 19th.  

Do you have a festive favourite that we’ve missed? Get in touch and let us know

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Best things to do in Oslo in summer 2022 

Whether it's new attractions, the best nature spots, or budget-friendly travel hacks, these are some of the best things that tourists and locals can do in the Norwegian capital of Oslo this summer.

Best things to do in Oslo in summer 2022 

Oslo has something for everyone, and, arguably, summer is the best time to experience the city. 

We’ve put together a list of the best activities, attractions and things to do this year, regardless of whether you are a local, just visiting, outdoorsy or prefer the walls of a museum. 

The list includes plenty of budget-friendly hacks, meaning they won’t break the bank either. 

New national museum opens  

In June, the doors to Norway’s new national museum will open to the public for the first time. Norway’s new national museum will be the combination of four other museums, including the old National Gallery. 

The museum, which hosts some of Norway’s most iconic artworks, including Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”, will become the largest museum in the Nordics when it opens. 

The museum is located in Aker Brygge, west Oslo, just a small trot from the palace and town hall. The museum will open on June 11th. You can read more about the museum here

Island hopping 

Staying in Aker Brygge for our next pick, a popular activity among the locals in the summer is to go island hopping in the island fjord. 

Once on the islands, there are plenty of opportunities for walking, swimming and picnics. This won’t break the bank either, as you can use the public transport Ruter app to the islands. While on the ferry, you’ll have a pretty good view too. So for around 70 kroner (two 1 hour singles), you can have an afternoon spent in the sun amongst the residents of Oslo rather than being crammed onto a tour boat. 

READ MORE: How tourists in Oslo can save money and live like a local

Go on a hammock trip 

Given Norway’s abundance of nature, its only fair camping would pop up. But there’s no need for all the faff of messing about with tents. 

Oslo’s residents agree, and hammocks are more common in the capital. There are plenty of great spots for a hammock trip in the capital. 

Most of them you can take public transport too, and even more, you can combine with other activities such as swimming, hiking and biking. 

READ MORE: Five great places to go on a hammock trip in Oslo this summer

Palace reopens

The Royal Palace will open its door to the public from June 25th. The castle will be open until mid-August. The castle is open for guided tours only. The tours will travel through iconic rooms such as the Council Chamber, where King meets the government, and the Great Dining Room. 

This summer marks the first time the palace will have been open to the public for two years, after closing due to the pandemic.

Tours this year will focus on the White Lounge, which has been freshly restored. Tickets start from 175 kroner. You can click here for more information

Take a dip

From central locations, a stone’s throw from the city centre to secluded lakes, or in the river that runs through the city’s centre, there are plenty of locations to take a dip in Oslo. 

Summers in Norway can be pretty warm, and with the long days going for a swim makes perfect sense. 

The overwhelming majority of spots are open to the public, and there are even a few small sandy beaches, such as Katten badenstrand. 

READ MORE: The six best places to swim outdoors in Oslo this summer 

Picnic and engagnsgrill in the park

There are plenty of fantastic parks in Oslo, and a lot of them are major attractions too. 

Vigeland Park is one of the Norwegian capital’s most famous attractions. Home to over 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, designer of the Nobel Peace Prize medal and the famous Angry Boy statue, Vigelandsparken is an essential destination.

However, it isn’t the only park where you can take a stroll while admiring some sculptures. 

Ekeberg Sculpture Park, close to downtown Oslo, is another park with international-renowned works, such as Venus Milo aux Tiroirs by Salvadore Dali. 

Add to that the fact that you can have a disposable grill, engangsgrill, or picnic in the park, too, and that’s an added bonus. 

READ MORE: What are the rules and culture of park life in Norway?

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