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Most people outside of Norway think Christmas time here must be really magical, winter markets, snow everywhere, colourful lights, reindeer strolling along the streets, and of course, Lapland is the home of Santa Claus, right? Whereas the start of jul proper is announced by the chiming of church bells throughout the country in the afternoon of 24 December, it is more accurate to describe the season as an eight-week event. It consists of five phases: Advent, julaften, romjul, nyttår, and The End of Christmas, very often with Epiphany, the thirteenth day of Christmas, as the final day of the season. From the original beginning on Christmas Day, the custom of Julebord has spread to the entire season and beyond, often beginning well in advance of December. On a recent trip to the Czech Republic, I was especially excited to visit some Czech castles and drink some Moravian wine, because of this movie in particular! My host brothers (who were 10 and 12 at the time) woke me up, and as a 17-year-old, I wasn’t truly able to be as elated as they were.

Christmas in Norway is a festival of light, seeming to promise longer days and the return of the sun. Norwegians miss the sun intensely, and they need a spirit boost during those weeks when noon feels like twilight and it's dark by 4 p.m. In Norwegian, the term «jul» for the holiday season in December has its origins in the old Norse word «jól». This word was used to describe the midwinter celebration and the winter solstice in Norse culture. Similar words, like «Yule» exist in the English vocabulary as well, or «Joulu» in Finnish, «Jõulud» in Estonian, and «Julfest» in German. Of course, the hotel's facilities are available to those staying in the lighthouse. Also, hotel staff will deliver breakfast baskets whenever you're ready! Dyna: A landmark of the OslofjordMany of these buildings have unique architecture and plenty of fascinating stories to tell. For example, during World War II, German forces occupied the majority of the larger coastal lighthouses. During these years, German forces kept them dark unless German ships and convoys were nearby. We were meant to be on our way to our famous destination of Å, but due to the unpredictable weather and winds gusting to nearly 100mph, I suggested we stay put in Nappstraumen, where there was a bit more shelter and the conditions more stable. Moreover, it would give us a great chance to get out and target a Plaice too – another species for which the country is famous. So, after agreeing with Paul, Bob, the producer and the crew that this was a sensible move, I got three boats together and another guide, and we headed out to the fishing grounds. It's possible to visit Kjeungskjær by boat from Uthaug. However, this must be arranged in advance due to the remote location. Refurbishment means the lighthouse will be closed for the 2022 season. Lindesnes: Norway's southernmost point Many traditional Norwegian lighthouses remain dotted along the lengthy coastline of Norway. Here are some of the most well-known. Here's yet another distinctive lighthouse for the list! Alnes lighthouse tower is known for its boxy shape and unusual colour-scheme of white with two red bands. Alnes lighthouse

As usual in the western world, Christmas features Christmas dinner, decorated Christmas trees and the exchange of gifts. Gifts are brought by Julenissen ('Christmas Hob' or 'the Christmas Wight', who today appears identical to Santa Claus). Remnants of customs from the older agrarian society include decoration with boughs of green from spruce or fir, e.g. on the doormat, and a sheaf of wheat hung outside. Bergen combines nature, culture and a cosmopolitan feel to give you an authentic fjord experience. A European city of culture with countless museums and galleries, cafés and restaurants to go to, the city still pulsates with life in winter. It’s the sort of place that can be relied upon to get you in the Christmas spirit. The Gingerbread Town (Pepperkakebyen) If you’re dreaming of a snow-covered winter wonderland, Lillehammer is a safe bet. The quaint city by Lake Mjøsa is located about an hour and a half from Oslo Airport by train. The meat is cured and salted over time and has quite a strong and salty taste. Pinnekjøtt is served with potatoes, mashed kohlrabi (I had to Google the English word for that), and sauce.

According to the legends, it is the Fjøs nisse (fjøs = barn) that takes care of the animals on the farm, ensuring that they do not get ill in the winter. As a token of appreciation for this, it is expected that the farmer leaves a bowl of Julegrøt (Christmas porridge) on the steps of his house for the elf to enjoy for Christmas. While not a traditional lighthouse, the Vardøhus Fortress in Vardø serves as an important navigational landmark. Situated on a small island, it offers a glimpse into Norway's military history and provides panoramic views of the Barents Sea. Vardø Lighthouse (Vardø) Jul or jol ( [jʉːɽ]) is the term used for the Christmas holiday season in Scandinavia and parts of Scotland. Originally, jul was the name of a month in the old Germanic calendar. The concept of jul as a period of time rather than a specific event prevailed in Scandinavia; in modern times, jul is a period of time stretching from the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve, December 24, to (traditionally) mid-January at the date of Epiphany with the month of December and Christmas, and the week up to the New Year, as its highlight. The modern English yule and yuletide are cognates with this term. [1] Just one comment: The NRK story about the hotel owner wanting to make AirBnb illegal is quite biased, and not everyone agrees as the story also says. After a big feast, the leftover food was not cleaned up, but was left out overnight for the little people. If you neglected your nisse— those mischievous elves of the forest — ill fortune would hit your family.

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