New Year’s traditions in Norway

Godt nytt år 2017!

Godt nytt år 2015!

“Godt nytt år”! That’s how we say Happy New Year in Norway.

In previous years, families usually attend mass on this day. Fewer and fewer do so nowadays.

Norway prohibits firecrackers on this day, or any other day for that matter. Fireworks are allowed but those who sell it have to follow strict rules as to the specifications. It is for security reasons to prevent fire and other dangerous accidents.


Sparklers for New Year is a tradition in Norway

Sparklers for New Year is also a tradition in Norway

Children usually get sparklers while the adults take care of the fireworks.

It is common to have turkey or fish for dinner. New Year’s eve dinner is not as rigidly traditional as Christmas eve which is spent with family.  Although some families spend New Year’s together, some spend it with their friends or other relatives. Drinks are usually Christmas beer, the traditional Norwegian drink, akvavit, and of course champagne.

Aside from the traditional activities in Norway, several places arrange activities for both young and old, couples and singles, families, for everyone at all.

A few places do arrange countdown parties. One example in Oslo is Countdown at The Thief.   There are a lot of other options as well.

New Year countdown at The Thief in Oslo

In Bergen, the use of fireworks is prohibited.  The tourist office has made several arrangements and you can find something to do on New Year’s eve. 

In Tromsø, they have a New Year’s eve concert , December 31 at the Arctic Cathedral.

In Trondheim, they have a lot of activities on December 31. 

If you are in Stavanger, you may want to celebrate New Year surrounded by the beautiful nature Norway has to offer. The Stavanger Tourist Club has some tours and activities that can fit anybody.

So how do you celebrate New Year’s eve where you are? Do share with me. I would love to hear from you.  Send me an email.

What’s on the dinner table

In recent years, it has become more popular to have Turkey on New Year’s Eve.  A big difference is that we are not so keen on the stuffing here as they are in the US.  I love stuffing so I make them.

2016 was a great year.   I will look back at it with appreciation and grace.  I hope yours was good as well.

Now let’s all welcome 2017


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