At the risk of taking a third section of this book just to tell you get more sun, I have one more sun-related survival tip. And this is perhaps the best survival tip of them all. That’s because when it comes to surviving life in Norway, sometimes the best thing you can do is get the hell out of the country.
This is what millions of Norwegians do each year, several times a year, but especially in the summer month of July. That is to go syden, which basically means to go south. Typically, this involves a trip to Spain, a favorite vacation spot for Norwegians, but it can also include places such as Greece. Even getting down the to southern Sweden is considered going syden. Just anywhere south, and by default, anywhere south can only be warmer and have more sun than Norway.
It’s strange to me that in July, the only super sunny month in Norway, most Norwegians leave the country. Although as you’ve hopefully learned by now, when it comes to getting sun you need to maximize every opportunity. Norwegians will always understand this, and having a nice tan from your trip to syden is one way Norwegians show off to their friends. It’s a subtle way to brag that you traveled and have the sun-kissed glow to prove it.
- Sunshine and Warmth: One of the primary reasons Spain is the preferred Syden destination for Norwegians is its abundant sunshine and pleasant climate. Spain offers the much-needed escape from Norway’s long, dark winters and unpredictable weather.
- Proximity: Spain is conveniently close to Norway, making it a relatively short flight away. Popular destinations in Spain, such as the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, and the Costa del Sol, are easily accessible from Norwegian airports.
- Variety of Experiences: Spain offers a diverse range of experiences. You can explore bustling cities like Barcelona or Madrid, relax on the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, or immerse yourself in the culture of picturesque villages.
- Outdoor Activities: Spain’s Mediterranean coastline provides an opportunity for Norwegians to indulge in outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, and water sports. The diverse landscape, from beaches to mountains, caters to various interests.
- Cultural Connection: Spain’s vibrant culture, delicious cuisine, and historical heritage appeal to Norwegian tourists. The Spanish way of life, with its siestas and tapas, often contrasts with the Norwegian lifestyle and adds to the allure.
The Syden Experience
When Norwegians embark on their Syden adventure to Spain, several elements make up the experience:
- Sun, Sea, and Sand: The central focus of a Syden trip is, of course, the sun. Norwegians flock to the beaches, basking in the warmth and enjoying the Mediterranean Sea.
- Resort Living: All-inclusive resorts in Spain are a popular choice for Norwegian tourists. These offer comfortable accommodations, numerous amenities, and a hassle-free vacation experience.
- Exploration: While some Norwegians opt for relaxation, others explore the local culture, architecture, and cuisine. Spanish cities offer a blend of modernity and tradition.
- Shopping and Souvenirs: Norwegians often indulge in shopping, looking for unique souvenirs and Spanish fashion items. Popular buys include espadrilles, ceramics, and handcrafted goods.
- Nightlife: Spain’s nightlife scene is vibrant, and many Norwegians enjoy evenings at tapas bars, nightclubs, and beachfront parties.
- Return to Nature: The Canary Islands, in particular, offer an opportunity for Norwegians to reconnect with nature, exploring volcanic landscapes and diverse ecosystems.
The Syden Season
The Syden season is largely concentrated during Norway’s school summer holidays and the winter season. Many Norwegian families travel to Spain during these periods, with February’s winter break and the July/August summer break being peak times.
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