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Module 14:
Why should I visit Norway’s cities in winter?

Winter in Norway is more than steep slopes and apres-ski. The main cities are full of interesting museums and cool art galleries, modern restaurants, and snug cafes. Plus, it's easy to combine urban entertainment with outdoor action, even in Oslo!

In this module, you'll find out what Norway’s largest cities have to offer in winter.

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Bergen in Fjord Norway.
Photo: Robin Strand /


Norway’s top winter cities

So which cities can you recommend to your clients in winter? Seven safe bets for quality culture close to nature are Oslo, Lillehammer, Tromsø, Bergen, Ålesund, Trondheim, Bodø.

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The new Munch museum stands out in the Oslo skyline, Eastern Norway
Oslo skyline Munch museum.
Photo: MUNCH / Adrià Goula
The Norwegian Olympic Museum in Lillehammer, Eastern Norway
The Norwegian Olympic museum in Lillehammer.
Photo: Ian Brodie / Visit Lillehammer
Northern lights over Tromsø in Northern Norway
Photo: Yngve Olsen

Fløyen, Bergen
Fløyen, Bergen.
Photo: Bergen Tourist Board / Espen Haagensen /

A diver and a fish in a tank in Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium in Ålesund
Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium in Ålesund.
Photo: Atlanterhavsparken

The Nidarosdomen cathedral in Trondheim, Trøndelag
Nidarosdomen in Trondheim.
Photo: Mykola Ksenofontov / Visit Trondheim

People enjoying a nice meal at Lystpå in Bodø, Northern Norway
Lystpå in Bodø.
Photo: Karoline O. A. Pettersen

Test your knowledge

Finished the module? Check your knowledge by taking the test below.

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A new museum in Oslo dedicates 13 floors to the life and times of Norway’s most famous artist. Who is it?

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A client is spending a week in Oslo in March, hoping to try cross-country skiing in the surrounding forest area. Unfortunately, there is not enough snow this particular week. What advice would you give him?

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One of Norway’s most famous winter cities was the host for the winter Olympic Games in 1994. Today it’s also known for its bustling city centre with lots of art and museums. Which city are we talking about?

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Bergen city center in winter
Photo: Robin Strand