Home for Christmas

How to visit the Film Locations of Netflix series “Home for Christmas” (2019-) in Røros, Norway

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

About the exhibition House for Christmas

What do you do for Christmas if you are 30 and single?

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

The first season of this Netflix original 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.

Read more about the Netflix Home for Christmas series in my movie review

About the location of the main film Røros in Norway

Where is the Rhodes?

Røros is located in central 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 enough to visit Røros while working as a tour guide for a two-week trip to Norway.

I felt particularly lucky for two reasons: Firstly, we were able to go to Norway in 2020 thanks to Corona (at that time, 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 blue skies 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 town 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 back to 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 the 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 not listed anywhere online, and I only had a few hours before my 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, which also occasionally shows up on Destination Røros’ Instagram profile.

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 were shot on this one street.

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

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

Fortunately, this path is very easy to find. In the background of the scene below, the city church from the 18th century can be seen. Century (incidentally the only stone building in Roeros!) and before that a very bright yellow wooden house.

Opposite is a brown stone building housing 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 on the same street where this scene was filmed in August 2020.
Photo 1 : Netflix. Photo 2: Sonia Iranian.

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

On my last visit to Reros, I was only on the street next to the church, so I missed that part. If I ever go back to Rose (fingers crossed!), I’ll be looking for those particular stores.

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 photo 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 below 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 pinpoint 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 walking tour with a local guide and she took us to a really unique courtyard of very old brown wooden houses.

Still, the doors to Johanna’s apartment are clearly visible, so for anyone coming to the Röros in the future: Careful, you might find them!

A scene from the house at Christmas shows Johanna’s house with its distinctive 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 did 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.

When you should go: Winter to get an authentic Christmas home feeling 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 at the Christmas cinema and… Just relax! Røros is still undiscovered by mass tourism, so it’s the perfect place to enjoy the relaxed Norwegian way of life!

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

Where to eat and drink: In the summer you can participate 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 helpful Trip Planning on the VisitNorway and Røros destination page!

Did you know that? Other cinemas in Röros

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 right for Pippi, could we?

Unless otherwise stated, all photos are © by Sonja Irani / FilmFanTravel.com

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