28 June 2012

Seasons in Scandinavia: June in Norway

June marks the end of school and the beginning of summer in Norway. The grass is greener after there are no more homeworks, right? 

June is the month of summer solstice, which we celebrate on June 23 - a magical night also known as Sankthans or Jonsok (John's wake). The tradition comes from pre-Christian folklore, but it, as well as many others, was adopted by the church in the 1st Century.   

The whole night is lively and festive, lit by the colors of a never-ending sunset and the flames along the coast. Traditionally, it is believed that this is a time when the normal laws that govern the world of brightness and the world of twilight are suspended, it is a time when trees speak, trolls and goblins run in the forests and the "little people" come out of hiding and goof around with mortals, playing pranks and stealing food...

June is also the month of endless beach wanderings, long days, ladybugs, fishing, and swimming. 

Spend a June day with me, in the cool summer air of Norway. 

View all Seasons in Scandinavia photo series.

preparing the fire for Sankthans
Sankthans Mandal
Sankthans Norway
grill on Sjosanden
Preikestolen Norway summer
summer in southern norway
sunset in Stavanger NorwayHow has your June been?