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Alesund Midsummer Bonfire

Video: Norway’s Midsummer Bonfire

Watch our video featuring exclusive coverage of Alesund’s Midsummer Festival, which features the world’s largest man-made bonfire! We interviewed the builders of this amazing structure to learn their secrets!

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World’s Tallest Hand-built Bonfire

Photo of tallest manmade bonfire
Climbing the tower to light it!
Fireworks at the opening ceremony
Where
Alesund (Slinningsbalet), Norway

Iceland

When
Saturday closest to June 23
Great For
  • Families
  • Culture Seekers
  • Photographers
Ticketed?
Free! No tickets required!

Basics

Alesund Slinningsbalet Bonfire

Fire has long been an elemental part of Viking traditions. All around Scandinavia, Midsummer is celebrated with the lighting of bonfires but no where in the world is there a bigger man-built bonfire than in Alesund.

Every year, for about 2 months, a small team of young men heroically stack wooden pellets by hand until their tower reaches the sky. On the Saturday night closest to June 23, which is Midsummer Eve, the tower is set ablaze and fireworks join the bonfire in illuminating the sky. Cheers and laughter fill the air as loved ones enjoy the spectacle with barbeques and beers.

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Transportation

The nearest airport is Alesund regional airport (AES), with regularly scheduled service from several nearby major hubs, including Oslo, Amsterdam, and Bergen.

  • Cars: Organizers of the event do not recommend driving to the event as traffic and parking can be crazy. If you want to park near the event, it is free but limited (you should aim to arrive hours before the actual lighting of the bonfire). Note that rental and fuel costs are high, as with all things in Norway.

  • From Alesund city center, there are public buses that you can take to get a shuttle bus transfer to the event.

Accommodation

  • Hotels and AirBNB opportunities are aplenty in Alesund, a major tourist destination in Norway.
  • Many cruise ships stop in Alesund, but finding a ship that stops long enough during Midsummer may be difficult.

 

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Tips

Photography
Go near the locals & news crew for the best photo vantage points
Timing
The bonfire lasts between hours and days
Food/Drinks
Consider packing your own picnic as food options are limited
Shuttle bus
Make use of the shuttle bus to avoid parking or other transportation challenges
Fireworks
Catch spectacular fireworks shortly after the bonfire is lit
Construction
Visit the night before to witness the epic completion of the tower

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Alesund World’s Largest Man-made Bonfire

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