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Drekkedagsnatta, December 22 in Kongsberg. The miners used to come down from the mountain for Christmas that night. These days the focus is not on getting home, it is on drinking and eating in a cold dark forest.

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Here is a slightly blurry picture from something called Drekkedagsnatta, or Drinking Day’s Night in English. It’s something between a local festival and a large drinking party here in Kongsberg. We dress warm, head out for the hills near our ski resort, light lots of large fires and drink all night.

 

This we do in the celebration of the silver miners of old times, and the fact that they got their Christmas vacation on this day. When it is the darkest day of the year, you hardly need a better excuse than that.

Рождество в Норвегии: праздник Drekkedagsnatta в Конгсберге

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Finally that time of the year again, Drekkedagsnatta!

German tourists. One of them confidently drunk, deep in a cold Norwegian forest on one of the darkest nights of the year. The other one maybe less so?

Nothing like a cold beer in the middle of the forest on a dark December night.

 

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This year's Drekkedagsnatta crew, from the left, Anja, Tore, Eva and Martin. Plus Gaute and myself of course.

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We're finally back at Drekkedagsnatta! Kongsberg's traditional Drinking Day’s Night. But no drinking for me this year, and no snow but rain? I didn't have to use neither mittens or a cap all night, so the winter weather is pretty crazy mild this year.

 

This year's Drekkedagsnatta crew was Gaute, my mom and Gaute's mom (who was the birthday girl that day as well), Anja and her mom, plus a short appearance by Mette and Bårdi.

 

Despite no snow it was an atmospheric and cozy Drekkedagsnatt as always.