(Last updated: 21 December 2020)

Since the second season of Home for Christmas has just been released on Netflix, let’s take a look at the most important setting of the series: the town of Rørosa, in the heart of Norway, which is a true winter paradise. Here is a short guide based on my trip to Roeros in August 2020…..

About the exhibition: House for Christmas

What do you do at Christmas when you are 30 years old and single?

Go on a manhunt to find a new boyfriend in the 24 days leading up to Christmas. At least that’s Johanna’s project, 30 years old (played by the Norwegian actress Ida Elis Broch).

The first season of this original Netflix series came out in December 2019, but left open the question of who Johanna’s boyfriend will be. Series 2 will continue from there and pick up the mystery again. This squadron was launched on the 18th. December 2020 published on Netflix.

To find out more about the Netflix Home for Christmas series, read my article about the movie.

About the location of the main movie: Røros in Norway

Where is the Rhöros?

Røros is located in the centre of Norway, close to the city of Trondheim and the Swedish border.

Although I think I’ve heard of Røros before, I only really got to know him through the Netflix Home for Christmas series. When I watched the first season in December 2019, I was really intrigued to discover this cute little town full of traditional wooden houses for myself.

So in August 2020 I was lucky to be able to visit Røros while working as a tour guide for a two week trip to Norway.

I felt very happy for two reasons: First of all, we were able to go to Norway in 2020 thanks to Corona (at that time, the infection rates in Europe were at their lowest in the summer and thanks to hygiene measures, we were able to go to Norway).

Secondly, on the 16th it was a beautiful day with a blue sky and lots of sunshine. August 2020.

Winter Wonderland Ryoros

Despite climate change, which also affects the region, Røros is one of the few places in Norway where it is still very cold and therefore gets a lot of snow every winter. In the Mountain Fury area it can be as cold as -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit).

Rööros is a city full of colourful wooden houses, some of which still have the traditional grass roof. In fact, Röros is one of the oldest cities in Europe with wooden buildings. That’s why the whole city has even been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Many of the houses actually date from the 1700s and 1800s.

So when I walked through the streets of Røros in August 2020, I immediately thought it looked like an open-air museum of Norwegian historic houses.

But, uh… Røros is a real Norwegian town, and people really live there!

Speaking of museums: The city was once a very important copper mining town. The mine is still there, and there is a local museum attached to it where you can learn more about how people lived and worked in this part of Norway.

How to find a house for Christmas movies in Röros:

A scene from the first season of Home for Christmas. Netflix

Because the exact locations of the films (street names and house numbers) were nowhere online and I only had a few hours to visit in August 2020, I found the exact locations of the films, such as B. Johanna’s house, untraceable.

But, uh… Walking through the city would be such a cool experience for any fan of the show! The city centre is quite small, so you can easily walk from one street to another and marvel at the many beautiful places you will discover along the way!

I have seen perhaps the most famous cat in Røros, who can also be seen occasionally on the Instagram profile of Destination Røros.

Main Street: Kjerkgata

On IMDb this is the only location given for Home for Christmas, and indeed, looking at the series, it seems that at least all of the street scenes in season two and most of the scenes in season one have been shot in this one street.

The only difference is that while most street scenes of the first season were filmed at the level of the upper street, most street scenes of the second season were filmed in this hilly street further on.

A scene from the first season of Home for Christmas. Netflix

Fortunately, this road is very easy to find. In the background of the scene below you can see the city church from the 18th century. For centuries (by the way the only stone building in Roeros!) and before that a very bright yellow wooden house.

Opposite is a brown stone building that houses the hotel and restaurant. On the front is a sign for Wertshuzzet Roeros. You can stay in a hotel, probably in the heart of the city.

The scene of the house on Christmas Day and I were in August 2020 in the same street where this scene was filmed.
Photo 1 : Netflix. Photo 2: Sonia Iranian.

In the second season of the series, I saw the White House candle board appear in several scenes, as well as the Amneu Marshes business.

On my last visit to Reros I was alone in the street next to the church, so I missed that part. If I ever go back to Roeros (crossed!), I’m looking for those specific shops.

A scene from the second season of Home for Christmas. Netflix

A scene from the second season of Home for Christmas. Netflix

Pretzel panel

I saw the pretzel sign in the background in several scenes when I watched the first season of Home for Christmas (see picture below).

But when I was in Riros, I couldn’t find him. Like I said, I only had a few hours and I may have missed it, but I didn’t film it.

If anyone finds a pretzel board in Røros, please let me know by leaving a comment under this post!

A scene from the first Christmas season of Home for Christmas with pretzels in the background. Photo: Netflix

Another scene from the first season of Home for Christmas with a pretzel sign in the background. Photo: Netflix

Johanna house

I would also like to know where this site is located. I haven’t been able to determine it yet, but if anyone knows where it is, please leave a comment below. When I was there with my group, we also booked a walk with a local guide and she took us to a really unique courtyard of very old brown wooden houses.

Yet the doors of Johanna’s apartment are clearly visible, so for everyone who comes to Röros in the future: Careful, you might find them!

A scene from the house at Christmas shows Johanna’s house with its characteristic front door. Photo: Netflix

Another scene from Home for Christmas, showing Johanna’s house. Photo: Netflix

A scene from a house on Christmas Day, with Johanna Street. Photo: Netflix

Practical tips for visiting Ryoros

Where’d you get that? The easiest (and most environmentally friendly) way to reach Røros is by train, either from Oslo (about 5 hours) or from Trondheim (about 2 hours). There are regular trains from Oslo and Trondheim, as well as buses. You can also get there by rental car (about 5 hours from Oslo and 2.5 hours from Trondheim) or even take a plane or boat in the summer.

Whenever you need to go: Winter to get an authentic Christmas feeling at home from the series. The annual Christmas market in Røros makes the town one of Norway’s most popular Christmas destinations. Summer and spring will be pleasant with warmer temperatures and long Scandinavian summer days!

What you can do about it: Visit a local museum, take a guided tour, go hunting in the Christmas cinema and… Relax! Relax! Røros has not yet been discovered by mass tourism, so it is the perfect place to enjoy the relaxed Norwegian way of life!

Where to stay: In hotels like the Wertschuset as above, or even in a tree house! Take your pick…

Where to eat and drink: In summer you can take part in a local food safari. Moreover, there are nice restaurants and cafes in Roeros!

For more information about Røros and how to plan your trip, see the handy Planning your trip on the VisitNorway and Røros destination page!

Did you know that? Other cinemas in Roeros

Some scenes from the original series of the Swedish children’s classic Pippi Longstocking (1969) by Astrid Lindgren were also filmed here in Röros. Specifically, on this colorful street. We couldn’t be more suitable for Pippi, could we?

Unless otherwise stated, all pictures are © from Sonja Irani / FilmFanTravel.com

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