A Filming Tour of Jo Nesbo's 'The Snowman' in Norway

View from the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
View from the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter | Courtesy of Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

It’s October, and Norwegians couldn’t be more excited because Jo Nesbø’s bestseller, The Snowman (the seventh book starring his famous detective Harry Hole), is coming to the big screen. Apart from being mesmerised by Michael Fassbender’s depiction of Harry Hole, fans can also join the thrill: both the book and the movie take place in Oslo and Bergen.

1. Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo

Museum, Park

View from the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter
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Although not that important to the story (Mathias, Rakel, and Oleg are here on a date in chapter six of the book), the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter is a beautiful place to start a pilgrimage. Catch one of the exhibitions at this modern art museum, admire the sculptures, or just marvel at the view while planning a Harry Hole trip.

2. The Fram Museum, Oslo


One of the exhibits in the Fram Museum
Courtesy of the Fram Museum
In this museum in Bygdøy, marvel at the strongest wooden ship ever made and feel like an explorer while reminiscing about how Harry met Rakel here.

3. Holmenkollen Jump Tower, Oslo

Ski Resort

3. Holmenkollen Jump Tower, Oslo
Courtesy of Holmenkollen
Spoiler alert: this is where the dramatic ending of The Snowman takes place. But short of murder, there are other ways to raise the adrenaline pumping at the Holmenkollen Jump Tower. The zip line, for instance: it’s 361 meters (1,184 feet) long and offers unforgettable views of Oslo during the 107.5-meter (352-foot) drop. Do it at night when the city lights are at their most majestic. Harry would approve of this finale.

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