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Exotic Nordic Christmas markets

Expectations are half the delight!
Christmas Market in Røros
Christmas Market in Røros.
Photo: Thomas Rasmus Skaug / Innovasjon Norge

The traditional Christmas markets in Trøndelag provide the opportunity to discover the typical Norwegian Christmas spirit. With Christmas comes a lot of rituals that you often feel you have to go through to get in the right Christmas spirit, which for many means food and a good time. And Christmas traditions vary from culture to culture.

One of the best in Europe: Trondheim 7.-19. December 2018

Trøndelag’s largest Christmas market takes place in the heart of its 1000 year old regional capital Trondheim. The main square fills with old-fashioned stalls, local specialties and handcraft, and the giant lavvo (tipi) invites you with traditional local food and live music for a cosy stay. The focus is not on liquorice and candyfloss, but handcraft, baking and Christmas decorations made from old patterns and recipes. The Christmas market in Trondheim was rated by The Telegraph as one of the 16 best Christmas markets in Europe!

Historical Christmas market in UNESCO World Heritage Røros 6.-9. December 2018

Røros is another place you will discover strong traditions surrounding the Christmas market. When the historic mining town is covered in snow and the narrow streets are filled with stalls, it’s hard not get into the Christmas spirit. The air is filled with the sound of pleasant conversation (often in a variety of languages) about the high-quality goods. The local church, Berg stadens Ziir, hosts a concert every evening, while the activity in the streets lasts well into the night. Combine your visit at the Christmas market with a dog, reindeer or horse sledding experience and relax in the new spa area at Røros hotel afterwards.

Reindeer at the christmas market

An old-fashioned Christmas atmosphere at Sverresborg 

Christmas at Sverresborg means there is a Christmas atmosphere in every nook and cranny. Sverresborg Folkemuseum is the country’s largest open-air museum and is located around the ruins of King Sverre’s castle. True to tradition, you are invited to the Christmas market the first weekend of advent. Sverresborg is decorated for Christmas with Christmas spirit in every corner.

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How to get to Trøndelag

Trøndelag is easy to reach, by plane, car, bus or boat. The air connection is good from many cities in Europe. 

By plane:
Trondheim Airport Værnes is one of Norways biggest airports with both national and international direct routes
In addition to many of the national routes there is direct flights from over 20 cities, for example Copenhagen, Stockholm, Berlin, London Amsterdam and Reykjavik.
With Widerøe there is daily depatures from Trondheim to Namsos and Rørvik. There is also daily depatures between Oslo and Røros.
From Trondheim Airport you can take the airport bus to Trondheim. The bus trip is about 30 minutes. 

With boat:
Arriving to Trøndelag by the sea is a beautiful experience. The Costal Ferry, Hurtigruten is described as the worlds most beautiful sea journey, and stops at both Trondheim and Rørvik.  
From Kristiansund you can take the costal express, Kystekspressen to Trondheim. 

With train:
The train routes to Trøndelag is great, either you are travelling from north, south or east. From Oslo the trip is about 7 hours, from Bodø it is about 10 hours. Check

With car:
E6 is the main road through Trøndelag.
E39 is the connection from Møre og Romsdal. 
Are you arriving from Sweden, drive to Trøndelag via RV31 to Røros, E14 to Stjørdal or RV72 to Verdal.
The distance between Oslo and Trondheim is about 500 km. 

Facts about Røros

Røros, one of the oldest wooden building towns in Europe. Located 628 metres above sea level. Founded in 1644, and was one of the most important minin towns in Norway. 

Røros was added to the UNESCO World Hertage List in 1980, and was certificated as a "Sustainable Destination" in 2013. 

How to get to Røros

By plane: Røros Airport is only 2 km from the town of Røros, and is only a 50 minute flight from Oslo. Trondheim Airport is a 2 hour 45 minutes drive from Røros. 
By train: There are daily depatures both from Trondheim and Oslo. From Trondheim it takes about 2 hours. 
By bus: It takes about 5 hours from Oslo and 2 hours from Trondheim. 
Distance: From Oslo: 384 kilometres, 5 hours 20 minutes. From Trondheim: 157 kilometres, 2 hours 10 minutes. 

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