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How to Survive Heatwaves in Norway Posted by on Jul 31, 2019 in Holidays, Nature

Glaciers such as Briksdalsbreen are having a hard time in the heat. (Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 License.)

Huff så varmt! (Ugh, how hot!) Like many other places in Europe, Norge has also been recently hit by a hetebølge (heat wave). Here’s a tiny survival guide for the next time termometeret viser over 30 grader (the thermometer shows more than 30 °C).

Husk å drikke mye vann! (Remember to drink lots of water!) As a rule, water in Norway is very clean, and you can safely drikke rett fra springen (drink directly from the tap). But do check the water source when you’re på fjellet (up in the mountains)! I’ve heard about people who got very ill after they drank from a brook where a dead sheep was lying rotting a bit further up…

Ikke undervurder sola! (Don’t underestimate the sun!) In Norway, which is closer to the North Pole’s thin ozone layer than your average country, solstrålene (the sunbeams) may actually scorch you more than in Italy… høyfjellet (high up in the mountains) the sun is particularly bossy – beware of reflections from glaciers and other specks of snow! 🙂 Solbriller og solkrem faktor 30 er en god idé. (Sunglasses and sunscreen w. factor 30 is a good idea.)

Nyt vannet. (Enjoy the water.) Ferienorge (“holiday Norway”) means bading (bathing) and båtliv (boat life) to a lot of people. There’s no lack of strender, innsjøer og fjorder (beaches, lakes and fjords) where you can cool down a little, and maybe ta noen svømmetak (make some swimming strokes). 🙂 Føler du deg lat i sommervarmen, er det selvsagt også mulig å vasse… (If you feel lazy in the summer warmth, wading is of course also possible…)

Spis is. (Eat ice cream.) Norsk iskrem smaker kjempegodt! (Norwegian ice cream tastes deliciously!) Eller kanskje foretrekker du å drikke et glass saft eller en kald utepils i skyggen? (Or maybe you prefer drinking a glass of juice/lemonade or a cold “outdoor beer” in the shadow?)

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About the Author: Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.


  1. Stan Digerness:

    My father came from Digranes, near Odda, on the Hardanger Sørfjord. I have been to Norge 5 times.
    My wife and admire Norwegians.