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From the SCI team

Wow, what a May we have had!  Summer temperatures galore and hopefully more to come.

Summer in Norway means more pleasant temperatures and longer days to enjoy outdoor activities. 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, and like flowers  Norwegians themselves bloom from the sun and warmth. A wonderful mix of events on our SCI activity calendar ensures a busy June. Have a look at our ´Whats on´section as well as the ´Sports and Outdoors´section.

Being on the west coast of Norway the summer weather can 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 might end up with sunburn.

Sankthans, or the official abbreviation St. Hans, or Jonsok is celebrated evening of June 23rd. The origin of St. Hans is from pagan days, when summer solstice was celebrated. When Norway was christened the Church knew it was easier to give any holiday a religious reason than to try to do away with it. So they named it Jonsok for Johannes døperen, John the Baptist, in his memory. Hans is also short for Johannes, and ergo St. Hans.

In July things slow down as it´s the main holiday season. There are very few people left in the city as most people go away to summer cabins or abroad, however from the 18-21 July people will be back in town for the Gladmat festival, which is defiantely worthwhile being around for. Another great event this year is the Tall ships Races which is on from the 26-29 July. Last time we had the Tall Ships here was in 2011. If you want to see some spectacular ships  be around for this one.

Whatever you have planned for the summer,we hope you have a good one.

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