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DISCOVER NORWAY: Seven unmissable events in June 2023 

Music festivals, street food meetups, Pride events and culture workshops for children are among the best events happening in Norway in June.

Pictured is a group of friends sat on the grass at a music festival.
These are some of the best events in Norway in June. Pictured is a group of friends sat on the grass at a music festival. Photo by Aranxa Esteve on Unsplash

Pride events 

Oslo Pride begins on June 23rd and lasts until the beginning of July. Oslo Pride is Norway’s largest pride celebration. Organisers have said that volunteers are working to make this year’s event the biggest yet. 

The main parade is actually on July 1st, but other events in June include Pride Park, Pride House and Mini Pride. You can read more about Oslo Pride (in Norwegian) on the website of the organisers

Bergen Pride will run much earlier in June, beginning on June 2nd and lasting until June 10th. Over 80 different events with 50,000 participants are planned. The parade itself is on the 10th. 

NEON music festival

The NEON music festival returns for the second time on June 9th and 10th in Trondheim’s Bryggeribyen E.C. Dahls Arena. 

Lewis Capaldi, James Bay, Mimi Webb, Benjamin Ingrosso, and Dean Lewis, as well as several Scandinavian pop and dance-pop stars, such as Sigrid, Dagny, and Zara Larsson, are among the performers. 

Tickets are already available, and you can choose between a festival pass, daily tickets, or premium ticket options.

Other festivals 

Norway’s two largest cities will also host several festivals in June. First, Natt Jazz and Bergen International Festival wrap up at the beginning of June. Then between June 14th and June 17th, Norway’s second city will host Bergenfest. Sigrid, Ayra Starr, Iggy Pop, and Ylvis are among the headliners. 

In Oslo, there will be two festivals running (almost) simultaneously. The Oslo music festival takes place between June 14th and June 17thPiknik I Parken (or PiP festival) will begin on the 15th and end on the 17th. The festival, taking place in Sofienberg Park in Gruneløkka, will host acts like alt-J, The 1975 and Busta Rhymes. Tons of Rock and Loaded Festival also take place in Oslo in June. Kristiansand and Stavanger will also host festivals in June. 


Friday June 23rd is Sankthans Aften, which is a midsummer celebration. For the uninitiated, the evening celebrates a shared gratitude for long days and warm nights. 

It is popular to celebrate the occasion by gathering around a bonfire with friends. The city is a special occasion in the city of Ålesund, where the celebrations are famous for the massive bonfire which is lit on the shores of the waters surrounding the city. 

Many Norwegians say that if you sleep with a sankthansblomst or a “red campion flower” underneath your pillow on the night of sankthans, then your future spouse will appear in your dreams. 

Miniøya 2023 

An activity for kids will be Miniøya (mini islands) 2023. The event is a culture and music festival for children. The festival takes place between June 10th and June 11th in Tøyen Park in Oslo. 

In addition to music, there will be performances from the National Theatre, literature events and activity workshops. 

Summer at the Museums 

From June 23rd to August 20th, 12 museums and 32 attractions in south Trøndelag will run a packed schedule of summer activities for all ages. 

Events are planned at attractions such as Sverresborgthe Norwegian Deaf MuseumRingve Music MuseumRockheim and Trondheim Maritime Museum, to name a few. 

Food trucks across Norway 

Street Food Norway is taking several food trucks on tour across Norway. During June, the food trucks will visit Fredrikstad, Moss, Hønefoss, Drammen, Skien, Larvik, Amfi, Halden and Åsane. Other events will be held in Bryne, Karmøy, Eidsvoll, Kingsberg and Holkksund. 

Gyros, Belgian fries, churros, dumplings, raclette, poke, waffles and pizza are among the dishes on offer. In addition, cuisines such as Mexican, Italian and Thai will also be offered. 

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Everything that changes in Norway in June 2023

Schools breaking up for the summer, key public transport meetings in Bergen, interest rates and a potential decision on a tourist tax are among the key things changing in Norway in June 2023. 

Everything that changes in Norway in June 2023

Schools break up for summer 

Most schools in Norway will break up towards the end of June and won’t return until mid-August. The holidays will last for eight weeks. 

If you think you’ll struggle to keep your kids occupied, watch out for our monthly roundup of the best events happening in Norway. 

Minister of Transport to meet over Bergen Bybannen 

Provided that Bergen City Council wraps up a deal for the zoning plan for the Bybannen to Åsane by the end of May, the city council leader, Rune Bakervik and city council development leader Ingrid Nergaard Fjeldstad will meet the Minister of Transport in Oslo to discuss the project. 

The city council wants the light rail to Åsane to be the backbone of Bergen’s public transport system. The route to Åsane would stretch more than 12 kilometres and have 14 stops. The project will cost the city 20 billion kroner. 

Bergen City Council estimate that the light rail project will be used by around 60,000 passengers a day in 2040

The longest day of the year, and the midnight sun 

June 21st marks the summer solstice, otherwise known as the longest day of the year. In most parts of Norway, you can expect it to remain light hours past midnight. From that day forward, the days in Norway will gradually get shorter until the winter solstice in December. 

While the longest days of the year can make it hard to sleep if you don’t have a curtain or blind, the extra light is perfect for activities like hiking and jogging after a long day at work. Longer trips are also possible as it won’t get dark quite as soon. 

The sun will be visible between June 12th and July 1st as the clock strikes midnight in the Arctic Circle. 

In Bodø, the midnight sun is visible between June 4th and July 8th. 

The sun is visible in parts of Norway as the earth rotates on a tilted axis relative to the sun, meaning the north pole is angled towards the star, meaning the sun never sets. 

Deadline for the tourist tax proposal 

Norway’s government plans to introduce a tax on tourism in 2024. The tax could arrive in the form of tourists paying additional tax on hotels, souvenirs and activities. 

The government wishes to introduce the tax as many of the most popular hotspots are located in small municipalities where local authorities spend a large chunk of their budgets on the upkeep of these locations. This money would then go towards these costs, freeing up more money for local services. 

June 30th marks the deadline for the tourist tax proposal. 

Revised national budget in parliament 

June 9th is the deadline for recommendations from the revised national budget to be adopted.

The revised budget will see changes to the energy subsidy scheme. Additionally, pensioners will benefit from tax cuts amounting to more than 1.4 billion kroner. Pensioners will also see a raise generally. 

The governemnt has said it will adjust benefits and social assistance generally. The budget relies heavily on the oil fund to cover public spending. 

Interest rate decision 

Norway’s Central Bank, Norges Bank, will decide on interest rates on June 22nd. The bank has been using interest rate hikes to try and control inflation. 

The central bank has set a target of 3.75 percent by the autumn. The key policy rate in Norway is currently 3.25 percent. 

Analysts believe that consumer rates on mortgages will reach five percent and remain there until 2025