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Midsummer in Dalarna


It is said that midsummer night is magical. When the night is as brightest we decorate with meadow flowers, dress a maypole, dance and celebrate the light for several days. If you are going to experience genuine midsummer, then you will experience it in Dalarna, the original place for the Swedish Midsummer traditions.


Midsummer is an ancient Swedish tradition celebrating the start of summer at the end of June. Midsummer is celebrated around the time of the summer solstice, when Nordic nights are at their longest and lightest and nature is at its most green and fertile. Tall maypoles are decorated with leaves and flowers and then raised up to mark the beginning of the festivities. The musicians start to play and traditional dances around the maypole begin. Midsummer’s Eve – a magical night said to be full of supernatural forces and enchanted creatures – is celebrated in every village in Dalarna with the local touch of tradition and colourful folk costumes. The biggest celebrations take place around Lake Siljan. We welcome you to celebrate Midsummer in Dalarna; help decorate the maypole, make a wreath of flowers to adorn your hair, join in the dancing and sample the traditional food.

 

Midsummer in Dalarna

For many Midsummer in Dalarna is a symbol for Swedish summer. Dancing around the midsummer pole, violins and folk music, light summer nights and flower crowns. This year however might be different because of the pandemic and Covid-19. Remember to take care of each other and the nature, follow the restrictions and keep the distance. Keep updated and read more about the regulations before your visit.


How is a traditional Midsummer celebrated?

Midsummer is an ancient Swedish tradition celebrating the start of summer at the end of June. Midsummer is celebrated around the time of the summer solstice, when Nordic nights are at their longest and lightest and nature is at its most green and fertile. Tall maypoles are decorated with leaves and flowers and then raised up to mark the beginning of the festivities. The musicians start to play and traditional dances around the maypole begin. Midsummer’s Eve – a magical night said to be full of supernatural forces and enchanted creatures – is celebrated in every village in Dalarna with the local touch of tradition and colourful folk costumes. The biggest celebrations take place around Lake Siljan. We welcome you to celebrate Midsummer in Dalarna; help decorate the maypole, make a wreath of flowers to adorn your hair, join in the dancing and sample the traditional food.

Dalarna usually throws big midsummer celebrations that get thousands of visitors every year. This year will be different with smaller or digital celebrations, but do not despair! Make your own flower garland and enjoy the traditional Swedish festivities together outside. Celebrate the longest day of the year when summer is in full bloom.

Discover Dalarnas’ nature

Midsummer gives you the perfect opportunity to discover the nature during the bright days and light summer nights. Maybe you will find a new favourite spot in the rolling blue mountains, deep lush forests or by one of the many cool lakes. Breath in the clean clear air and the scent of sun-warmed pine trees and listen to the currents in the rapids and rivers. Take in the amazing views and find the perfect spot for a picnic or camp site.

It might be a good idea to support the local businesses and buy take out from local cafés, restaurants, or shops. You might enjoy the outdoor seating and the seasonal dishes many places serve during the summer months. Or why not try one of the farm shops, where you might find all you need for the Midsummer celebrations. The local delicacies and produce will put an extra gild on the experience.

Dalarnas green valleys and everything you will find here is waiting around the corner.      

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