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1. Posted by andrwcris (Full Member 34 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


My wife and I are currently touring Scandanavia in our motorhome at the moment, we are in Oslo at the moment for National day - great party!!!

We would like some advice on where to go for Midsummer Night festival, we had planned be in Norway then as that is how the trip worked out (we are going to Bergen and the Fjords then working our way north to Nordkapp for the end of june - or that was the plan). A norwegen lady told us that the celebration for the midsummer festival are much better in Sweden than norway and it is a much bigger event, we were also told by applegirl that Dalarna was the ultimate place for the midsummer festival but this is going to be a problem, does anyone know how good the celebrations are in northern norway - maybe up near Tromslo or the Lofoten Islands? Or are we better speeding up our plans and trying to get into back into Sweden for the 17th June when it all kicks off, if this is the case where should we head for in Northern sweden - Kiruna, Lulea????

Any advice, much appreciated



2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I don't really have an answer for you, sorry. But I have experienced the Midsummer Night twice. The first time in Oslo and the second in Vilnius. Both parties were basically the same: music, bon fires, and people drinking and partying.

3. Posted by andrwcris (Full Member 34 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks TravelGuru, not sure where we will get to as yet, I think that at the moment it is maybe looking like the Lofoten Islands but not sure whether they have much of a party there - anyone got any ideas??

4. Posted by patbateman (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey andr,

midsummer is two different things in Norway and Sweden.

In Sweden they celebrate this on the friday closest to the 23rd of june. This year, it means 24th of June. Swedish traditions involves dancing around midsummerpole covered in flowers. The most important celebration in sweden, i would guess. Foodwise the swedes eat potatoes, herrings and strawberries. And drink beer and aqvavite. Celebrations normally happens in private gardens, although it is also possible to find "official" celebrations.

In Norway midsummer is celebrated on the 23rd of June (night before the sun turns), and is called Sankt Hans. Norwegian traditions involves large fires, and gathers a schools or community houses to eat hotdogs and barbeque. Not too much alcohol in Norway this day, mostly because the next day is a working day.