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The Tall Ships Races 2018, Stavanger
The Tall Ships Races 2018, Stavanger.
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Majestic ships, a new Munch exhibition, ice domes and cheese championships: Here are some reasons to make next year’s holiday an urban one.

Published: 15 December 2017

Majestic ships, a new Munch exhibition, ice domes and cheese championships: Here are some reasons to make next year’s holiday an urban one.

2017 will soon be history. A new year awaits – hopefully chock-full of experiences, adventures and joyful culture shocks.

But what do the Norwegian cities have to offer in that regard next year?

We’ve sneaked a peek into the calenders of five of them – and found gold.


Do you love cheese? That’s a great reason to visit Bergen between 1th and 4th of November next year. 

That’s when World Cheese Awards 2018 takes place, featuring 3000 cheeses from about 30 countries competing. In spite of Norwegian success in the competition previously, with Kraftkar from Tingvollost winning the world championship in 2016, this is the first time it’s being arranged in Scandinavia.

If you’re drawn to veteran cars, steamboats and other means of transportation steeped in history, Fjordsteam might be your gig. This annual event ambulates between the Western cities of Stavanger, Florø and Bergen. Next year, the latter will hosting it, making Vågen a bustling scene for spectacular vehicles, music, dance and action in the start of August.


Further up north, in Tromsø, there are also a lot of things happening next year. The most sensational among them would probably be the Tromsø Ice Domes, letting visitors in on a guided tour through the Arctic adventure unravelling in front of them.

Inside the great ice cathedrals, one would be wise to get lost in the deafening silence. But the possibility of learning more about Arctic wildlife and Sami culture is also present.  

The Tromsø Ice Domes is already open to the public. But sometime next year, spending the night in what is informally known at “the ice hotel” will also be an opportunity.


Samisk uke, Tromsø
Samisk uke, Tromsø.
Photo: Yngve Olsen Sæbbe /ø

Sami week is also worth a visit, with the Norwegian reindeer racing championship in the city centre and numerous Sami culture arrangements happening between the 6th and 11th of November.

Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF) is Norway’s biggest film festival, and the 28th edition of this essential cinematic event takes place in January.


In Oslo, major things are happening on the art scene next year. The City of Oslo’s art collection will be shown at Kunstnernes Hus in March and April, featuring highlights from a collection of 19 000 works of art

Lovers of Edvard Munch should take notice as well: Next year’s summer exhibition at the Munch Museum, Between the Clock and the Bed, will be open from March to September. The exhibition, consisting only of Munch’s paintings, has already made waves in San Francisco and New York.

Also worth mentioning: The Astrup Fearnley Museum, an institution in Oslo’s art world, celebrates its 25th birthday in 2018 –  an occasion that will almost certainly be marked by unique art experiences throughout the year.


Stavanger also has a lot to offer in 2018. The new Hammer Race, following the already established Tour des Fjords, is a must for any bike enthusiast. Stunning nature, a festive mood and raging pulse all come toghether – whether you’re participating or merely watching.

For the more leisurely inclined visitors, Tall Ships Race 2018 is a great alternative, featuring a plethora of stately wooden ships and maritime craft. This is the ideal entry place for anyone curious of Norwegian coastal history and traditions.

The enormously popular Gladmatfestivalen celebrates its 30th year in 2018 as well. Foodies from all over the world might find their new favorite dish here in July.


What to do in Trondheim on the 26th of August? Well, if you’re tough enough: How about a triathlon?

Trondheim Triatlon takes place – as triathlons tend to – in the water, on bikes and finally on foot, from Munkholmen along Nidelva to Ilsvika. Rumour has it that many have been converted to this particular sport just by watching this equally exhausting and exciting race.

But that’s not for everybody. Trondheim Concerts offer the prime of Norwegian artists – among them a-ha and Marcus & Martinus – as well as international legends such as Iron Maiden. Set aside the dates and make your reservations!


Nordic Choice Hotels - a different hotel company

Thon Hotels - with fantastic breakfast

Hurtigruten -  "The World’s Most Beautiful Sea Voyage"

Widerøe - the largest regional airline in Scandinavia

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