Considering a visit to Norway during Christmas? Or would you just like to day-dream about a white Christmas?
Here’s the content to get you into the Christmas spirit!
Sami celebrate Christmas the same way as many Norwegians do: with Christmas trees, decorations, Santa Claus, going to church and eating traditional Christmas food. Although, they might swap the ribbe (pork rib) or pinnekjøtt (stick meat) with reindeer meat.
Last week, we made our way to the tiny town of Egersund, which is situated an hour south of Stavanger. During the Christmas season, the town centre transforms into one big Christmas market and that’s something we just couldn’t miss!We were incredibly lucky with the weather as we got to experience the very first snowfall of the season at the Christmas market, which made the whole visit even more magical
But “Advent” is also the name for the period leading up to Christmas, and in Norway there are some special customs to be followed during these weeks. For instance, it’s common to light a candle on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and then light another candle each Sunday until the big day. These candles are often left in windowsills, so they can shine out at passers-by. Driving through a town or village at night, and seeing these little lights winking at you from every house, is a truly magical experience.
Last week, we explored locally and checked out what our new home of Stavanger has to offer in terms of Christmas. Turns out, a lot! From a Christmas market of the unusual sort, to a stunning gingerbread village at the Oil Museum, to absolutely gorgeous fairy lights all over the city!Stavanger is such a lovely town and you should definitely consider visiting in winter to skip (most of) the crowds and experience the Christmas magic :)
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. It’s magic!
Haugesund is a fishing town situated halfway between Bergen and Stavanger, in Karmøy municipality of Rogaland county of Norway. It's just 2-hour drive from here, making it the perfect place for a day trip! The town itself is super charming. Very similar to Stavanger when it comes to architecture, weather and views, but without all the crowds. See it for yourself in my Vlogmas video!
There is lots of amazing Christmas content from the Nordic countries out there, that I'd like to share with you today. Whether Christmas is the only time for you to unwind and relax too, or whether you're just looking for more content to get into the spirit - here's a list of my favourite Nordic bloggers and the Christmas blog posts (and vlogs) they've published over the years, as well as some Christmas inspiration from other media!
Where has December gone? Seriously! I'm off to travel around Ireland in a couple of days but I wanted to show you around Tromso during the festive season before I go on a blog hiatus. And even though we don't currently have snow in the city (this winter has been so warm so far), all the festive decorations make the city look so magical anyway! So, are you up for a little stroll around town?
It’s almost Christmas and time to tell you how we Norwegians spend Christmas! Christmas for me has become less about the presents and more about the food. Therefore, that’s where we will start. There are generally three types of food that are connected with Christmas and those are Svineribbe (pork ribs), Pinnekjøtt (lamb meat) and Lutefisk (Lutefish).
It's two weeks till Christmas - where has the time gone? I always feel like December is the shortest month of the year and I also always leave the gift buying to the last minute. This year however I have at least got you covered! If you're still looking for a gift for a Nordophile friend or family member or if you'd like to bring the Nordic spirit to your own house, this list will hopefully give you some inspiration.
Are you excited for Christmas yet or do you need the special Nordic extra to get you in the holiday spirit? Well I certainly hope that you enjoy baking as I'm sharing a recipe for typically Scandic Christmas goodies today: Lussekatter! Now lussekatter literally translate to lucy cats but what they really are is safran buns that are typically eaten in Sweden, Norway and Denmark to celebrate St. Lucia.