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Don’t sleep away the white summer nights

Summer in Norway means long days, short nights, and often quite stable and pleasant temperatures on both land and sea. Skinny dipping at night or soaking up the rays in the day, this is the time for it.

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Seasonal food and drink

Blueberries are common in Norwegian forests and mountains, and will start to ripen in the middle of summer in Southern Norway, and a bit later further north. In July and August, you will see roadside booths offering locally grown strawberries and cherries for sale.

When the summer sun is out, so will the Norwegians be. Barbequeing vegetables, fish, meat and poultry for dinner is a Norwegian summer institution, and at the first sign of summer Norwegians of legal drinking age will flock to pubs offering a pint out on the pavement or in a beer garden. This “utepils” (literally “outdoor beer”) is so ingrained that the first opportunity for it will often be mentioned in the national press. We wouldn’t like to miss the year’s first beer in the sun, would we?

A typical summer dish is freshly caught mackerel, with sour cream, fresh potatoes and cucumber salad. Another popular summer choice is cured pork or mutton, served with sour cream and flatbread.

How to dress for summer in Norway

Norwegian summer weather may be relatively stable, but that doesn’t mean it can’t surprise you. If you go hiking in the mountains, prepare for everything and make sure you bring waterproof and windproof clothing. The sun can be deceptively strong, even if the wind helps keep you cool, so make sure you use sunscreen - otherwise you’ll soon turn pink and sore.

Even if you should be careful not to underestimate the weather in the mountains or at sea, the summer is the time of year when you can relax the most with regards to what to wear. Dress to your fancy, and enjoy the season - but use your head.

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