Have you ever heard about Røros? This tiny town close to Trondheim has somewhat gotten the reputation of Norway's most magical town during the Christmas season over the years, and while I haven't made it up there myself yet, I know someone who has: Joanna!
Joanna is a Greek expat, blogger and PhD student living in Trondheim. I've known her for several years now and I'm so glad that she takes over this space today to tell you more about Trondheim and Rorøs at Christmas!
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While I’ve lived in Norway for the past 5 years, I’ve never spent my actual Christmas holidays in Trondheim. It’s something about the darkness that makes me want to fly south to my family. The weeks prior to Christmas are beautiful, though, and if we’re lucky enough to get some snow, Trondheim looks like a winter wonderland.
With sub-zero temperatures, you would assume there would be not many things to get people outside, but it’s Norway and people want to spend time outside no matter the weather. What better way to do it, other than a visit to the Christmas market.
Trondheim’s Christmas Market
The Christmas market in Trondheim is placed in the central square of the city, Torvet. The market takes place in December and there are many cultural and culinary events planned each year.
Apart from the cosy wooden market huts, where you can buy chocolate, cured ham, smoked salmon and Christmas decorations, there is a farmer’s market with local fresh produce, delicious cheese, jam and, my personal favourite, herbed butter.
There are also concerts, theatrical plays, quizzes, and mysteries. Lastly, you’ll find the most unique cafe in a huge Sami tent, a lavvo tent, where you’ll be able to enjoy special Christmas beer or hot chocolate.
This year’s Christmas market is held from the 8th until the 20th of December.
Find out more here.
A Day Trip to Røros
If Trondheim’s cold is not enough for you, then you should consider visiting Røros, that holds the records for the lowest temperatures in the southern part of Norway. Weather aside, Røros has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
I would recommend a visit on the weekend the Christmas Market takes place, the second weekend of Advent. Put your warmest clothes and spikey shoes on and get ready for sleigh rides, local delicacies and the perfect excuse to drink mugs of mulled wine.
While you’re there, you can visit the town’s museum, or ever go for downhill skiing in the town’s resort.
This year’s Christmas market takes place from 7th to 11th of December.
There are daily buses and trains from Trondheim to Røros and back, but it’s just as easy to drive there. The ride lasts about two and a half hours and you’ll experience some of the prettiest winter landscape on the way.
Find out more here.
More Information about Visiting Trondheim
- There are flights to Trondheim from most Norwegian airports, but also from Stockholm, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London Gatwick, Reykjavik, Riga, Tallin, Gdansk and Krakow
- You can find cheap hotel rooms on Booking.com or rent an Airbnb, if you're staying for a longer period of time - you can get 37€ in travel credit if you sign up for Airbnb here
- There are car rental agencies at Trondheim airport and the city centre, and some of them, Sixt for example, even offer last minute specials
Where in Norway would you most like to travel if you had the chance to go in winter?
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About the author:
Joanna is a Greek expat, PhD student and blogger at Another House Blog, where she writes about travel, lifestyle and food. You can follow her on Instagram and Facebook for more updates from Trondheim and Norway, or read her posts on Rorøs or Trondheim on her blog.