Norway is a frigid country known for its awe-inspiring mountains, glaciers, and majestic coastal fjords. That being said, it is the classic Scandinavian culture that has attracted countless tourists, visitors, and culture explorers to the near-frozen continent where Norway lies.
Tromsø — The Real-Life Arendelle
Put aside from the major attractions of Oslo for a moment for located 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle lies the port town of Tromsø — a wonderful destination on its own right. With a population of over 50,000, Tromsø is considered the northernmost town in the world.
Of course, Tromsø being in a state of never-ending winter means that it is also a town that has a Christmas and festive aura to it year-round. And during the months of December, the town comes alive with fairy-tale lighting blanketing most homes and buildings.
There are two main reasons for this festival of lights in the north.
In December, the polar night prevails and sunshine becomes scarce in this corner of the world. And it is for this reason that it is one of the best times to admire the Aurora Borealis. Secondly, well, it’s because of the Christmas season!
The locals here are always friendly and accommodating towards visitors. And colourful Christmas markets are the norm, usually. There are also music venues which play host to Christmas carols that figuratively brighten up the dark evenings.
All in all, the town of Tromsø is the perfect winter oasis for a fascinating Christmas retreat.