Summer in Norway means long days, short nights combined with stable and pleasant temperatures.
From late June to early August the weather is at its warmest and it never seems to get really dark. It’s a welcome respite after a long, dark and cold winter. As soon as summer gets a firm grip, you’ll see Norwegians out and about to enjoy the sun after a long and cold winter, barbecuing in the parks, cruising in their boats and generally just soaking up the rays.
The midnight sun – the day that never ends!
The further north you go, the more nights of midnight sun you will be able to experience in the summer. Sea temperatures can reach 18°C making swimming a popular pastime, but remember to check the water before you jump in – it may well be colder than you are used to!
Midsummer’s eve – the summer solstice
From ancient times – the longest day of the year – was celebrated throughout Norway with bonfires to ward off evil spirits. The Summer Solstice takes place on the evening of 23rd June, Norwegians everywhere gather by the sea to burn bonfires into the summer night, to eat, drink, and be merry. Sausages are a favorite, but don’t miss the midsummer treat of strawberries ripened in the long sunlight hours and served over sweet, warm pancakes.
Midsummer bonfires are common to all four Scandinavian countries, but in Norway they reach epic proportions, especially in Ålesund on the country’s west coast and home to the beautiful Stressless® showroom.