Hot summer day in Oslo, Norway

We’ve had the loveliest, sunny and warm weather in Oslo this week. The last three days with an all time high temperature in beginning of June (at least for the last 110 years): more than 30 C (86F)! I know some of my readers around the world would say that’s more like a mild temperature, but let me then remind you of that Oslo is at Latitude: 59° 56’North. That’s the same as the southern tip of Greenland, Seward in Alaska or e.g. St Petersburg in Russia. Despite its perception as being a cold country you may be surprised to find Norway has so much sun and hot summer weather, particularly around the southern coast. This temperate climate is thanks to the Gulf Stream which flows along the coast. But of course it doesn’t happen every day and certainly not in the weekend, so let me show you how this crazy Vikings are doing in the capital of Norway when the heath is on:

So why make so much fuss about it, other than a record in temperature. Well, let me show you what this fountain square looks like in the winter time then:

This is why I talk so much about the significant four seasons in Norway and why I love it. Winter time gives lots of opportunities to have fun. Just check my Categories/Labels in the side bar Navigation for ‘Winter’, and you’ll see what I mean. But then again a hot day gives some advantages too and it’s lovely to see how the same spot can be used as a water paradise like this:

There are a lot of fountains around in Oslo and when I was walking around in the hot city today, I mange to capture a few with my Nokia mobile phone (click all pics to enlarge!).

Totem pole at Aker Brygge – Meeting point in Oslo

Regarding the latitude of Oslo, may I also add about today: Sunrise at 03:58 and Sunset at 22:35. So when I post this evening, it’s still dusk outside, and the birds are singing.

The reason for my trip around in the city today was actually because it’s ‘The Norwegian Food in Streets’ and ‘Oslo Summer Festival’. So don’t miss my next post then – with more about our culture, traditions and how the Vikings go crazy on a hot day:-)