We are on fire

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World’s biggest bonfire at the Midsummer (Sankthans) festival in Ålesund, Norway.

/// The wooden tower is made up of wood pallets that are stacked over 40 meters (131ft) high on an artificial island. This traditional bonfire, known as the Slinningsbalet is celebrated on the 24th of June, close to the summer solstice in the Scandinavian countries and some parts of Europe. This is an annual celebration commemorating the birth of John the Baptist.

The current record was set in 2010, with 40.45 meters (132.71ft), whereby the base of the structure is roughly 20 meters (65.6ft) in width

/ photographs by Geir Halvorson and Ruben Molnes (top photograph)

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3 thoughts on “We are on fire

  1. Wonderful photos and interesting to see the ttradition in Europe is associated with the summer solstice. They gather pallets all year and burn them in Inuvik (high in the Mackenzie Delta, NWT, Canada), but there it is part of the Sunrise Festival — held early each January to celebrate the return of the sun above the horizon

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