The best thing about winter in Norway is probably the blue light that occure about every day just before the dark of the night (which is not so dark when the landscape is covered with snow). We call it blåtimen, the blue hour, and it can have different colours of blue.
Even a residential area can look alraight in this kind of light. But every day is not the same, and if it is very cloudy or snowing a lot, the light might not be very blue or it last for a very short time. Like the other day when the afternoon suddenly got very foggy.
I walk around every day with the dog, and also everyday in the wintertime I have to make a fire to heat the house. It take some time carrying firewood and make sure the stove is burning but it is not a problem. Birch is the best firewood, and some birch bark and small pieces makes it easy to get going. I never use paper, or very little, because it produce a lot of ash that can actually extinguish the fire. The warmth from the fire is really nice and makes all the efforts worthwhile.