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Iconic Norway.
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During the months of December, January, and February, the days are short and the nights long. North of the Arctic Circle the sun doesn’t rise for weeks or even months. Skiing is the national pastime, and people flock to the north to see the northern lights.

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Weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). Download Yr’s free weather app for iOS or Android.

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Fresh fish is also at its best in the winter, and many restaurants in Norway offer cod, halibut, salmon and trout of the highest quality at this time. Read more about Norwegian seafood.

Dishes based on fish, mutton, pork, or deer will also be popular Christmas food and can be found at many restaurants in the run-up to the holiday season. Some traditional Norwegian dishes you should try are “smalahove” (sheep’s head), “lutefisk” (cod soaked in lye) and “pinnekjøtt” (dried, salted and steamed sheep ribs).

Skiing in Norway

Hit the slopes, enjoy the groomed tracks, or find untouched powder in the mountains. Also, get the latest snow reports and weather updates from the ski resorts with Fnugg.

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