We present to you some of Norway’s most unique winter destinations.
Norway has the kind of snow reports that turn its Southern European counterparts green with envy. Yet guaranteed snow from November to April isn’t all you can look forward to.
Svalbard (Photo: Bjørn Klauer, Nordnorge.com, Svalbard Tourism) Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, and the northernmost part of Norway. Located north of mainland Europe, it is about midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, yet still accessible all year round by air. The options for outdoor activities in Svalbard in the winter are numerous. You can go on a coast to coast ski expedition, several different types of dog-sled expeditions and safaris, or if you are really adventurous; caving underneath the glacier. At Svalbard there are actually more polar bears than humans, so there are high chances of spotting one if you venture on an expedition.
Sorrisniva Ice Hotel Alta
The Norway ice hotel (also known as the Igloo Hotel) is a magical place in Alta, north Norway, the land of the northern lights. The ice hotel has received numerous awards for design, and if you are staying in the Troms region it is definitely worth spending a night in this unique establishment. The Igloo is made entirely of snow and ice; the rooms, the beds, even the glasses in the ice bar. The temperature inside the hotel is constant between -4 and -7 degrees Celsius (20-25 Fahrenheit). However, guests sleep on reindeer hides inside sleeping bags that can stand -30 degrees C- so you should be able to stay warm! We recommend a snowmobile-safari during your stay. The Igloo Hotel is usually open from mid-January until mid-April.
Photo: Jørn Losvar, Sorrisniva
Oslo Winter Park
The biggest ski resort in the Oslo area, located only 20 minutes from downtown Oslo. They have 18 slopes and 11 lifts, offering opportunities including alpine skiing, snowboarding, and Telemark skiing, as well as special areas for children and beginners, a terrain park, an intermediate halfpipe, and Norway’s first Olympic standard superpipe. The slopes offer a wide range of difficulty, so visitors of all ages and experience will find runs to suit their mood and ability level. A powerful snow cannon system and an altitude of 531 meters above sea level, means that the slopes are usually open from the beginning of December until early April.
Photo: Visit Oslo, Nancy Bundt
The Norwegian Alps
Majestic peaks and a rugged alpine massif distinguish Sunnmørsalpene in Sykkylven from other mountain areas in Norway. Sykkylven is a municipality in Møre and Romsdal country. The magnificent snow-capped summits rise nearly 2,000 meters right up from the sapphire blue fjords. From February to June these mountains are perfect for off-piste skiing. Thankfully, there are also gently sloping hills ideal for hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and dog sledging. The hike up Slogen (1,564 meters above sea level) is rated among the top ten mountain walks in Norway, largely due to its beauty, view and the fact that it rises directly up from the fjord.
Photo: Fredrik Schenholm, Visitnorway.com
This colorful and charming timber town was founded in 1646 and has since developed as both a mining and agricultural community. Røros was Included on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites as early as 1980. The town centre offers a rare collection of large and well-preserved wooden buildings, made all the more real and authentic by the fact that the people of today live and work in them. Sleggveien Street recounts an important part of Røros’ history. Femundsmarka and Forollhogna National Parks provide the scenic backdrop to one of Norway’s most exciting areas for natural and cultural history.
Photo: Tom Gustavsen, Destinasjon Røros