7 photos guaranteed to make you appreciate bonfire season in Norway

As the weather gets colder, there's no better way to warm up than by gathering around a bonfire. Photo: Courtnie Tosana on Unsplash

Celebrate the return of bonfire season by admiring these photos, curated to make you want to go outside and make one for yourself. Remember to bring marshmallows!

Bonfire season is back, and we have finally entered October. To celebrate, we’ve gathered the best photos to make you want to snuggle up next to some open flames.

It’s almost as if you can feel the warmth through the screen…

Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

A cozy time around the fire in Trondheim in December. If you ask us, there’s no better way to warm up on a cold winter’s night!

Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Also in Trondheim, here you can see what cooking on a bonfire might look like. Surrounded by beautiful nature, this looks like the ideal place to enjoy a meal.

Photo: Asbjørn Floden on Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Not only is a bonfire a great way to cook your food outdoors, it is also ideal for brewing “bålkaffe” – bonfire coffee! This brew is a must for many Norwegians when spending time outdoors.

Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB

In this photo, mayor Marianne Borgen lights the “fire”, a horse made from recycled materials, at Sukkerbiten in Oslo on Sankthans Eve. Sankthans Eve takes place on June 23rd and can be seen as the Norwegian version of the Midsummer celebration.

Photo: Tore Meek / NTB

Asle Resi Jostein took responsibility for making one of the largest bonfires at Frognerseteren in Oslo. He and thousands of others camped in the woods to see the classic distance during the World Cup in Holmenkollen.

Photo: Hasse Lossius on Unsplash

This photo, taken in beautiful Frøya in Trøndelag, proves that bonfires don’t necessarily have to be a social thing. Pack your bag, go for a hike, and enjoy the feeling of solitude as you prepare your meal the old-fashioned way.

Photo: Fredrik Hagen / NTB

Finally, another snapshot from a Sankthans celebration. This time at Hvervenbukta in Oslo, where many had gathered around the fire.

Fun fact: According to SNL, the custom of lighting a bonfire on Sankthans Eve was noted by Jacobus de Voragine as early as in the 1200s. In the Nordic, the earliest source is Olaus Magnus, who wrote in the 1550s that the Swedish people celebrated Sankthans by gathering outside with bonfires and dancing.

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