Walking In a Winter Wonderland (Photo Essay)

We had massive, record-breaking snowfall in Stavanger this week. I haven't seen snow like this since 2004 so it was quite a treat! We haven't done any Norway posts for awhile so I thought it would be fun to share some pictures I took while running errands after the snowstorm.

stavanger snowstorm

Our street just before 9am. The advantage to not having a car is now apparent: no shoveling for us.


digging out bus snowstorm

The bus got stuck and these guys were still digging it out half an hour later. Then all the school kids had to push it to get us going. I thought that should have at least earned them the day off.

stopped snow plow stavanger




So if you've seen any of my Stavanger posts from earlier this year, you'll notice the difference. It's often rainy and overcast, but snow isn't common here. Not like this anyway. We got 55 centimeters in 24 hours, adding to the 15 cms that had already fallen during the preceding days.

bird_iceplay_house pretty_snow stavanger_bigsnow

bigsnow car

I wasn't fast enough with the camera to keep these guys from being blurry (caught them from the bus), but they were too cute not to include anyway!

I wasn't fast enough with the camera to keep these guys from being blurry (caught them from the bus), but they were too cute not to include anyway!

Personally, I'll take snow over rain any day. Do you get heavy snow where you live? Do you enjoy it? 


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10 years ago

Andrea, looking at these photos reminds me of the months of winter I have just lived through in Budapest. We’ve had a lot of snowfall this year. I am wondering how it felt for you to live on a daily basis through winter in Stavanger without a car. I know I was not enjoying it here. The buildings there look so traditional and quaint, very pretty.

10 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Thanks for thinking of us, Lisa. Stavanger winter has not been too bad…this was the only big snowfall we had and we’ve been using our little shopping trolley for the groceries. Plus we have crampons when the sidewalks are covered with ice. So it hasn’t been too bad. I prefer the cold to the heat!

10 years ago

I definitely prefer snow above rain as well. It so beautiful and nothing better than going on a snow hike

10 years ago
Reply to  Freya

I agree – magic!

10 years ago

Some marvelous pictures here, snow all the way, great scenery. Thanks for sharing.

10 years ago
Reply to  Heinz

It all melted by the time we got back from our holidays with none since, so I’m glad we got to experience this! =)

10 years ago

Great pictures!

Well if it is any consolation, we had a massive snow storm on December 27th which broke all records in Montreal. We had 45 cm in 24 hours!

It was beautiful at first but then it was chaos. It took me a couple of days to dig my car out from a mountain of snow!

All in all, it is the winter after all and i do love the scenery!

Come to Canada one day, I’m sure you will love it 😉

Thanks for sharing & stay warm.

Love, K

10 years ago
Reply to  Karla

Oh wow! So happy we did not have to dig…

Canada is on our list, especially Montreal and surrounds =)

Happy New Year and can’t wait to hear what you have planned next xo

10 years ago

This is spectacular, I hope to live somewhere where it’s regularly this snowy one day 🙂

10 years ago

We came back from our holidays to find the snow completely melted…we were kind of relieved because it can be a hassle to deal with but SO pretty if it’s only once in awhile =)

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