Norway is a nation precious to its sport. Winter sports are, of course, prevalent, and there are many prominent Norwegian sportsmen in various disciplines, though Norwegian players have also made a significant impact in world soccer. For those interested in sport, whether watching or playing, there are countless possibilities to see some fantastic sporting locations and take part in a variety of winter sports while visiting Norway. You should know that sport is not only all about fun; it also helps you to keep fitliving.

Most famous Norwegian winter sport 

Ski cross-country

Cross country skiing is one of the world’s most popular pastimes, and Norway is one of Europe’s best places for tourists to come and enjoy this sport. Cross-country skiing is all about the place, and offers locations as spectacular and challenging as those in Norway, particularly in the Gudbrandsdalen Valley, nowhere. The landscape is vast and continuously changing, while the gentle pace gives you time to enjoy the spectacular views.


Biathlon (sometimes called ski shooting) is an extension of cross-country skiing. This involves shooters, both lying down and standing, following a cross-country skiing course, and breaking for four shooting sets. For this discipline, Norwegian competitors perform well first. Second, it is a sport that blends two disciplines: cross-country skiing and shooting, and in the first sport, the Norwegians are unlikely to beat. It seems to be a TV-friendly sport, after all, and many Norwegian families prefer to watch it on television.

Skiing on alpine/downhill

And although cross-country skiing continues to be Norway’s most popular sport, alpine skiing – which in many countries is usually more popular than cross-country skiing – lags slightly. Norway may, however, boast of providing top-notch downhill skiing facilities and resorts. And if you think about where to go in Europe for alpine skiing, Norway may be among the best destinations for that reason. Check out reviews of the list of best ski alpine in Norskeanmeldelser.


This sport captivates the minds of the young Norwegians and, in terms of popularity, can compete with even skiing. Yet this sport is expected to become even more popular in the years to come. Besides, there are plenty of facilities for snowboarders, and the links just above will help you determine where to go snowboarding in Norway.


This sport is hardly anywhere more prevalent than in Norway. And … Canada?! The Winter Olympics aim to spark even greater interest in this Norwegian sport.

Hockey on Ice

Through various competitions, the Norwegian National Team can claim genuinely good results. The discipline is also common among school children. There are plenty of places in the country with the necessary facilities for this form of sport.

Ski jump

The Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo is one of the most popular winter sports destinations in Norway, and one that should be visited by all visitors. Since the 1890s, with the new version being installed in 2010, there has been a jump here, and it is the most modern ski jump in the world and the only one constructed from steel. It begins 60 meters above ground and is a spectacular sight when illuminated at night. Visitors can go to the top of the hotel, with stunning views of Oslo, or visit the museum showcasing the skiing past over 4,000 years.

Football (Soccer)

In Norway, it is not just winter sports that are treated with enthusiasm. Football is strongly supported, particularly in the English Premier League, not least because of the way its stars have made such a significant impact on world football. Several English club stars came from Norway in the 1990s, including championship winners at Manchester United-Ole-Gunnar Solskjær, Ronny Johnsen and, Henning Berg. Henning Berg later also won the league with Blackburn Rovers, the only Norwegian player to win the title in two separate clubs.