Winter, clear sky, cold fresh and crisp air in the afternoon in Norway gives magical, red scenery in the horizon. When I came home from work and looked out of the window, this is what was bursting in front of me:

Red sky at Night Norwegian Delight #1

Right away, I was thinking of the old adage: “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning”. Is it true, or is it just an old wives’ tale? Well, I guess it’s true within limits or at least admit the view is breathtaking:
Red sky at Night Norwegian Delight #2 Red sky at Night Norwegian Delight #3

I consulted Wikipedia on this and found that it was a wide spread saying – not only a comfort to the Norwegian Vikings:

In North America:
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight,
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.

In the United Kingdom:
Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight,
Red sky in morning, shepherds warning.

As well as other variations, such as this one from Denmark/Norway, which translates to “Morning red gives wet days, Evening red gives sweet days”:
Morgenrøde gir dage bløde.
Kveldsrøde gir dage søde.

Italian variation goes as:
Rosso di sera, bel tempo si spera,
rosso di mattina mal tempo si avvicina.

A Dutch variation is:
Avondrood, morgen mooi weer aan bood,
Ochtendrood, vanavond water in de sloot.

But can weather lore truly predict the weather or seasons?

Red sky at night, sailors delight:
When we see a red sky at night, this means that the setting sun is sending its light through a high concentration of dust particles. This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west. Basically good weather will follow.

Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning:
A red sunrise reflects the dust particles of a system that has just passed from the west. This indicates that a storm system may be moving to the east. If the morning sky is a deep fiery red, it means high water content in the atmosphere. So, rain is on its way.

In between this lore and academic explanation, there is still an amazing scenery ……..

Red sky at Night Norwegian Delight #4

…. and it’s also a romantic scene for Valentine’s Day and of course the Chinese New Year!


  1. How beautiful!! These are the types of skies that I love to see and photograph!!!

  2. I was thinking of you, we are watching the Olympic Games opening ceremony and just saw the team for Norway ;-)

    These pictures are magical! The bare trees make them even more beautiful. Ah, winter light…

  3. Fantastic sunset! I love these red colours on the snow! Winter sunsets can be gorgeous. Well captured.

  4. I don’t know about the red sky warnings. We say that in Oklahoma too although it is the farmer who is warned. Nice photos anyway

  5. I don’t know anything about the correctness of the sayings – but it LOOKED nice! :-)

  6. Gorgeous photos! As for the saying, I have no idea if it’s true or not, but interestingly enough there’s a similar Greek saying about the way the moon is positioned in the sky: Moon upright, sailor’s delight. Moon on its side, sailor’s warning. :-)

  7. Lovely photos, Renny! I’ve also heard that saying all my life about red skies. Either way, it makes for beautiful photos. :-)

    Happy weekend!

    Love and hugs,


  8. Gorgeous images !
    Happy Valentines Day !

  9. Beautiful skies…
    Happy Saturday!

  10. Beautiful….perfect for the valentines weekend.

  11. Amazing photos! What camera are you using? Here in our country Me and my cousin always waiting to capture a nice/beautiful sunset like that.

    Thanks for the compliment!
    I got a new cam from my wife – plan to post about it later but since you ask – Cannon G11.

  12. Fantastic sunset! :)
    Does a clear sky at night indicate frost in the winter?

  13. Lovely pictures Renny.

  14. Lovely photos and a wonderfull landscape. Cogratulations to the excelent photographer!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  15. I’m going to forget all the explanations and enjoy all your magnificent photos! they are breathtaking!

  16. Meget flotte solnedgangsbilder.
    Ha en fortsatt flott helg.

  17. Magical, those pictures. Love the last one. The skies and the winds all spoke to the sailors, when the seas were the primary mode of livelihood and transport for so many centuries. I know our fishermen still look skywards to read what’s in store even now in the times of technology.

  18. Mooi, mooi, mooi, Renny. :)

  19. Actually, this is probably the correct blog URL for you. Sorry about that.

  20. I am awestruck Renny and what a romantic place to be right now on Valentine’s Day :D

    Wishing You and Diane a Happy Valentine’s day :D

  21. What beautiful photos, Renny. The air is like crystal and that fiery glow on the horizon certainly does promise a fine day for the next day.

  22. do you use your nokia camera … very clear picture

  23. red sky at night??thats real fabuluos and romantic!!great shots,Renny!!

    BTW,thanks for the ecards,Bday and Vday as well.
    I posted it in my blog so please take a look if you have time.

    Thanks!!lets enjoy this cold!

  24. I’ve always wondered about that saying, what it meant and if it was true or not. Thanks for the explanation, Renny!

    p.s. I was in Oslo briefly Tuesday and walked past the Ice Bar. It looks amazing. I can’t wait to visit it during BlogFest!

  25. Gorgeous photos – and very interesting to hear all those translations of a common phrase :)

  26. Such beautiful photos. I like the second one a lot because the tree looks like it is made of feathers – just like a big fan.

  27. Heavenly pictures Renny and I hope it’s not too late to wish u a Happy Valentine’s Day! :)

  28. I only know that if the sky is red in the evening, then there gonna be sunshine and warm temperatures than the day before :-)

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