Public Holidays in Norway

Norway, the land of stunning fjords, vibrant cities, and a rich cultural heritage, observes a range of public holidays that reflect its unique blend of traditions and natural wonders. These holidays offer a glimpse into Norway's history, culture, and deep appreciation for the outdoors.

New Year's Day (Første nyttårsdag) - January 1st

The year begins with festivities and fireworks. Norwegians gather with family and friends to welcome the New Year with joy and hope.

Easter (Påske) - Date Varies

Easter is a significant holiday in Norway, marked by traditions like "påskekrim" (Easter crime novels) and the painting of Easter eggs. Many also head to the mountains for skiing and outdoor activities.

Labour Day (Arbeidernes dag) - May 1st

Labour Day is a time to celebrate workers' rights and the achievements of the labor movement. Parades and speeches are common on this day.

Constitution Day (Grunnlovsdag) - May 17th

Norway's National Day is a colorful and patriotic celebration of the signing of the Norwegian Constitution in 1814. People wear traditional attire, wave flags, and enjoy parades and marching bands.

Whit Monday (Andre pinsedag) - Date Varies

Whit Monday is a Christian holiday celebrated with church services and outdoor activities, often in Norway's beautiful natural landscapes.

6. Midsummer's Eve (Sankthansaften) - June 23rd

Midsummer's Eve is a magical celebration of the summer solstice. Bonfires are lit, and people gather by the water to enjoy the long daylight hours.

Christmas (Jul) - December 25th

Christmas in Norway is a time of traditions. Families come together to decorate Christmas trees, exchange gifts, and enjoy a feast of traditional dishes like "ribbe" (pork ribs) and "lutefisk" (dried fish).

Boxing Day (Andre juledag) - December 26th

Boxing Day is a quiet day for relaxation and reflection after the Christmas festivities. Some may enjoy winter sports in the scenic Norwegian countryside.

New Year's Eve (Nyttårsaften) - December 31st

The year ends with another round of celebrations and fireworks. Norwegians bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new one with enthusiasm.

Norway's public holidays not only honor its historical milestones but also highlight the nation's strong connection to nature. Whether it's skiing in the winter, hiking in the summer, or simply reveling in the beauty of the fjords, these holidays offer a glimpse into Norway's deep appreciation for its breathtaking landscapes. So, if you're planning a visit to Norway, consider timing it with one of these holidays to experience the country's culture and natural wonders at their best.

Upcoming Holidays (next six months)

Christmas Day December 25 Monday Public Holiday
Boxing Day December 26 Tuesday Public Holiday
New Year's Day January 01 Monday Public Holiday
Maundy Thursday March 28 Thursday Public Holiday
Good Friday March 29 Friday Public Holiday
Easter Sunday March 31 Sunday Public Holiday
Easter Monday April 01 Monday Public Holiday
Labour Day May 01 Wednesday Public Holiday
Ascension Day May 09 Thursday Public Holiday
Constitution Day May 17 Friday Public Holiday
Whit Sunday (Pentecost) May 19 Sunday Public Holiday
Whit Monday May 20 Monday Public Holiday

Holidays by year

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