The 17th of May is Norway’s National Day where Norwegians celebrate the signing of their constitution in 1814. Next year will be the 200th anniversary. If you are looking for the best time to come to Norway, to experience Norwegian culture and heritage, and participate in Norway’s most important event, next year in May would be it. There is sure to be a grand celebration as Norway reflects upon, as well as looks to the future, of being a country dedicated to peace and equality.
Oslo would be the ultimate place to join in the festivities as it is the capital of Norway. It is tradition for the 17th of May parade to pass through the main city street, up to the palace and to march past the Royal Family. There will be special dinners at the Akershus fortress over the fjord, church and civil ceremonies, concerts in different parks around the city, traditional Norwegian folk dancing in the streets, military gun drill displays, not to mention an explosion of Norwegian foods and crafts.
There are six months for you to start preparing for your trip. Go to www.visitnorway.com to get the low-down on the activities closer to May so you can maximize your Norwegian experience. We sure hope you take this opportunity to experience Norway during such a momentous National celebration.