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Sea picture, mid-summer fjord photo, Sankthans along south Norway coast, night photo with bonfire and boats

Can you imagine a night in which the coast is all lit with huge bonfires that can be seen from far out at sea? That is how summer solstice looks in south Norway - a magical night also known as Sankthans or Jonsok (John's wake). The tradition comes from pre-Christian folklore, but it, as well as many others, was adopted by the church in the 1st Century, when Christianity became the official state religion.

In Southern Norway people gather together and celebrate around huge bonfires while others sail around in their boats anchoring on little islands and setting up their own bonfires, which complement the beacons along the coast. A sight never to be forgotten!

The whole night is lively and festive, lit by the colors of a never-ending sunset and the flames along the coast. Traditionally, it is believed that this is a time when the normal laws that govern the world of brightness and the world of twilight are suspended, it is a time when trees speak, trolls and goblins run in the forests and the "little people" come out of hiding and goof around with mortals, playing pranks and stealing food...

This Scandinavian landscape photograph is printed in a professional photo lab on a matte photo paper with a thin white border for easy framing. The photograph comes titled and dated by me at the back, packaged in an acid-free cellophane sleeve and shipped in a sturdy photo mailer to ensure its safe arrival to you.

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The colors on the actual print might be slightly different due to differences in computer screens.

If you have any questions, please contact me through Etsy or at kanelstrand [!at] kanelstrand.com.

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Dreamy landscape, sea picture, fjord photo, Scandinavian art, Sankthans in Norway, night photo with bonfire and boats, 8x10 photograph