Home to the Oslo International Airport, Gardermoen is constantly abuzz with locals and foreigners alike, giving it a cosmopolitan feel. Rich in military and aerospace history, Gardermoen is home to the Trandumskogen War Memorial, a facility once inhabited by Nazis during World War II, and the Ullensaker Museum, which focuses on aerospace and meteorology.
Overnight stays in Gardermoen primarily center on areas of the city near the airport, and transient visitors will find the Thon Hotel Oslo more than suitable for their needs. The Thon Hotel offers the modern architecture for which Norway is known, with basic accommodations ranging from $115 to $185 per night.
A more rustic and traditional property such as the Gardermoen Hotel Bed & Breakfast can offer travelers a touch of home amid a country view and a cozy atmosphere, particularly in December. Prices range from $85 to $125 per night.
Tromsø is known for its pristine natural beauty and other tourist attractions. Famous for its excellent December view of the aurora borealis, Tromsø is also home to Polaria, the northernmost aquarium in the world. A stroll around town also offers visitors a captivating view of historical cathedrals complete with stained windows, as well as of century-old wooden houses.
The Bed & Books hotel offers guests a reading retreat in a fisherman’s home, surrounded by literature amid a relaxing atmosphere. Prices range from $800 to more than $1,000 dollars per night. Guests who are traveling on a budget will be pleased to find themselves in the middle of the action at the Viking Hotel Tromsø, which offers a centrally located but picturesque setting, perfect for sightseeing, for about $150 per night.
Stavanger, the third-largest metropolitan area in Norway, boasts something for everyone during winter. In December, Stravanger comes alive with the rich northern spirit that has turned what was once just a fishing port into a major city set amid breathtaking scenery.
The modern and business-centric Radison Stavanger hotel offers lakefront views for $80 to $110 per night. Those who prefer a local setting, however, can stay at the locally situated Havly Hotel, famous for its traditional Norwegian food, for around $100 per night.
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The port of Kristiansand offers an unmatched natural beauty. Amid piers full of fishermen returning to port with the catch of the day, guests can enjoy fresh seafood with drinks at local beer taverns. Those who want a chance to travel back in time will find the historic Clarion Hotel Erns a perfect fit for $150 to $209 per night.
If relaxation is at the top of your list, you’ll find many saunas in Kristiansand that offer traditional accommodations. For example, the Hotel Norge, which lies within a city block of many of Kristiansand’s most popular attractions, offers lodgings for around $170 per night.
The port city of Trondeheim, both picturesque and rustic, is also home to the Norwegian University of Science. Rich in knowledge and culture, Trondeheim boasts historic city squares and architecture that transport visitors to a distant past. Those hungry for more can stay at the Britannia Hotel, which offers a luxurious Victorian setting for $100 to $149 per night. In December, visitors to Trondeheim can enjoy many indoor opportunities in between frequenting its wide variety of restaurants and cafes — so if you plan to visit Trondeheim, arrange your accommodations in advance.