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Norway – Bryggen

Here’s why you’re going to reconsider that Caribbean trip next winter and trek north to the Arctic instead: Bergen. Bergen, Norway is more adventurous than just sitting on a beach – a trip to the fjords, anyone? – PLUS, walking through Bergen is basically like you’re prancing through the pages of your favorite childhood Christmas book. There are trolls, gnomes and Christmas decorations in practically every window of the quaint timber homes.  And fret not about the brisk nights because they’re comparable to the winter nights in any Northern U.S. city. (Also, I’m a firm believer that any cold temperature can be easily battled with the help of a few shots of whiskey or Aquavit.)  Bergen has a small, but hardcore, local nightlife scene, so you’re especially in luck if you’re into nightlife.

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