Norwegian Christmas

  • Christmas Rib

    Ribbe (roast pork rib) is a classic on the Norwegian Christmas table. The rib, which is actually a whole side of pork rather than just spare ribs, is very rich and juicy and is therefore served with equally rich and juicy trimmings: Cowberry sauce, sauerkraut, potatoes, thick gravy, Christmas sausage, apples and prunes.

  • Oslo Xmas Streets

    Oslo city at Christmas time. The main walking street is filled with warm lights to take the edge off the Norwegian cold.


  • Christmas Cookies

    Seven Sorts refers to the seven traditional Norwegian Christmas cakes and cookies – an array of treats that sit on most Norwegian Christmas tables. The light cookies are the short breads and the dark cookies are the ginger breads. However, there is a dispute about which seven are the original – there are actually over twenty cookies to choose from. Below are a few of the most popular Seven Sorts:

  • Smultringer

    Smultringer, (or lard rings in English), are a traditional donut that are very popular in Norway. They can be bought in packs at the supermarket throughout the year here, but come Christmas, you can buy them fresh and hot from street and market vendors. As such, they are not donuts to be iced, but a dusting of cinnamon-sugar makes them very more-ish. These donuts are quiet easy to make yourself at home, if you have the donut dispenser on hand.

  • Troll Cream

    Trollkrem is a favourite at celebrations throughout the year in Norway. Its light and fluffy texture is perfect for long summer days, and its usual berry ingredient, cowberries or tyttebær, is a traditional Christmas flavour. Bilberries, Norwegian wild blueberries, can be used instead as they also have a nice sharp taste.

  • Kakemenn

    Kakemenn, cake men, are vanilla cookies and a favourite among kids at Christmas. They are easy to make, fun to decorate, and go well with rich drinks such as gløgg and coffee. Horn salt (ammonium bicarbonate) is used instead of baking power for rising, which gives the cookies their light flavour and firmness.