A Winter Weekend in Norway

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Is there anything more satisfying than taking the first step in fresh snowfall? That light crispy crackle is hard to beat. So when I awoke to a white blanket this weekend I could do nothing else than head straight outside, with my camera, of course!


Moholt in the snow

Moholt in the winter

The sky quickly darkened and as this is my fourth winter in Norway I know that means only one thing: a snowstorm! But I didn't care. I was well-dressed (remember, there's no such thing as bad weather!) and wanted to take some photographs. So I carried on:

Kong Øysteins veg, Trondheim

Kong Øysteins veg in the winter

Sigurd Jorsalfars veg

See the kids learning to ski? Too cute!

The storm didn't last long and the sky quickly cleared. There is something very special about being outside right after snow has fallen. It's not exactly comfortable, but as long as the temperature isn't too low (it was only around +1C / 33F) then it can be really refreshing. And snow is so much better to walk on than ice!

House in snow Brøsetvegen Moholt in winter

Winter in Trondheim

It took longer than usual for winter to arrive in Trondheim this year. Although other parts of Norway including the capital saw snowfall earlier, the good folk of Trondheim had to wait until December for the first proper snowfall.

But when it came, it came, and certainly made the festive season a touch more festive!

Christmas market in Trondheim

Christmas in Trondheim

Trondheim in snowstorm

Nidaros Cathedral winter

One of the terrific things about winter in Norway is the spectacular sunrises are not just the domain of early risers! I took a morning stroll just before Christmas at around 10am and caught some lovely colours in the sky.

December sunrise in Norway

Winter sunrise in Trondheim

Winter in Norway can be tough going, especially with the lack of light. But as you can see, it can also be beautiful.

About David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a professional writer on all things Scandinavia.

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8 thoughts on “A Winter Weekend in Norway”

  1. Amazing stuff. Having not lived so far north, I still have a hard time imagining a work week with daylight so short. Thanks for lifeinnorway…

  2. I wish we had some snow in Oslo. It’s basically second time in a row we have no winter here. I miss sparkling snow-white Oslo streets a lot!

  3. Spektakulære bilder David!

    I have been reading your ‘Weeklies’ and learning Norwegian for the past 8 months or so and am looking forward to my possible (fingers crossed) trip to Norway in May-June this year.

    Any tips on the best ways to travel between cities? I plan to take in Oslo and Bergen – and then choose between Stavanger and Trondheim.

    Tusen Takk!

    • Oslo to Bergen, take the train, it’s an opportunity to see some of the spectacular Norwegian scenery at any time of year. For other cities, fly. Book in advance for both to save a lot of money. Enjoy!

  4. absolutely love your life in norway pieces. so informative and helpful for my upcoming February trip to oslo, bergen, and lillesand. I hope to take a bus to the beautiful little town on the south shore, but all the bus sites are in norwegian and I cannot tell which goes from oslo to lillesand. can you help?
    thanks, david!

  5. Hi David,

    Would like to find out if the Trondheim christmas markets would be open during the time when I am in Norway. I will be in Norway from 18th to 27th Dec. Would like to know the opening hours of the markets and also your ideas of the best place to soak in the christmas spirit and get the most out of my first visit to Norway.

    Thank you!



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