In Norway they like to say, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.” No surprise that one of the world’s leading outdoor clothing lines is Norway’s Helly Hansen. I was in Norway for their biggest party of the year, Summer Solstice, which celebrates the longest day of the year in the land of the midnight sun. Armed with our rain gear, my 7-year-old daughter and I forged through the fjords, explored Scandinavian folklore and road the rails through one of the world’s most scenic countries.
We had a Frozen week in Norway, beginning in the quaint, colorful city of Bergen, gateway to the fjords and the inspiration for the movie Frozen‘s fictional kingdom of Arendelle. We then headed deep into the wilds of Norway for an adventure into the fjords and folklore of this country whose northern half stretches into the Arctic Circle. We explored Norway’s breathtaking natural beauty… mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. Finally, we ended our Norway trip in the capital, Oslo.
We also got cultural lessons, learning about traditional Norwegian architecture by visiting stave churches that inspired Frozen‘s castle. One day a local folk teller sang traditional Norwegian songs and told tales of trolls who inhabit the forest. My 6 year-old spent much of the trip peering out the bus window for evidence of the mythical creatures.
Legend has it that if trolls are spotted when the sun is out, they’ll turn to stone, an inventive way to create fairy tales about the country’s rocky, mountainous landscape. Rainy days are called troll days, where trolls are free to roam about during daylight. It’s another creative way for Norwegians to make the best of their situation, which is often cold, dark and rainy.
As Norwegians like to say, it’s important to be prepared for the elements. And since there is quite a bit of gloomy weather in Norway, Helly Hansen has come up with another creative way to get people happily outside. Nothing boosts your mood like a burst of color, so their rain gear and winter coats come in a rainbow of options. Helly Hansen’s known for high-quality gear that stands up to the elements, whether snow or rain. They’ll become your go-to rain or winter coats.