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Module 15:
Is winter a good time to explore Norway’s cultural heritage?

Perhaps you have clients who are not into typical winter activities. Do they have any reasons to go to Norway during the snowy season? They do indeed – it’s a great time to experience the cultural heritage!

From December to March, visitors have the best chances to get to know Sami culture, explore folk museums and experience centres, and feast on fresh fish.

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Sortland, Vesterålen.
Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo /

Cultural heritage in a totally different landscape

The long winters have definitely influenced Norway’s cultural heritage. The snowy season is great to explore traditions and customs from a different perspective. Those who venture north will meet a landscape dressed in white and with a bit of luck, the experience will be framed by the magic of the northern lights.

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A sami man on a sledge dragged by a reindeer. Vesterålen, Norway
Photo: Trym Ivar Bergsmo /
People walking in the snowy street during a Christmas market in Røros in Trøndelag, Norway
Christmas shopping in Røros.
Photo: Thomas Rasmus Skaug /
A group of people dressed in clothes dating back to the 19th century, as part of the Old Bergen City Museum in Bergen, Fjord Norway
The Old Bergen City Museum.
Photo: Tove Breistein / Bymuseet
Hotel Union, Geiranger
Hotel Union, Geiranger.
Photo: Tina Stafrèn /

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What’s the name of Norway’s indigenous population that lives in the northern parts of Norway as well as in Sweden, Finland, and Russia?

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There are many outdoor folk museums in Norway. One of the most famous is Maihaugen, where you can stroll around among 200 historical buildings. Where is Maihaugen situated?

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What kind of fish is skrei, which is so common along the Norwegian coast from January to April?

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The man from the sea monument in Vesterålen, Northern Norway
Mannen fra havet Vesterålen.
Photo: Jørn Allan Pedersen /