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Don’t sleep away the white nights
During the months of June, July, and August, the days are long and the nights short, even non-existing north of the Arctic Circle, where you get the midnight sun. The Norwegian summer weather is often quite stable, and the temperatures are pleasant both on land and at sea.
Midnight sun over Lofoten
Midnight sun over Lofoten.
Photo: Jørn Allan Pedersen / Visitnorway.com
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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 sun is out, so are the Norwegians. Barbecuing vegetables, fish, meat, and poultry for dinner is a Norwegian summer tradition, and at the first sign of summer Norwegians of legal drinking age will flock to pubs offering for a beer 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 fish, especially mackerel served with sour cream, fresh potatoes, and cucumber salad. Shrimps straight from the boat, enjoyed right at the dock or served with white bread, mayonnaise, and white wine is another favourite. Yet another popular summer choice is cured pork or mutton served with sour cream and flatbread.

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