Nasjonaldagen …

17th of May is the day that Norwegians celebrate the signing of their constitution in 1814. In Svaalbard the celebration kicked off with a service at the Kirk …

and then continued with a march around town.

The band was resplendent, some wearing gloves …

Considerably more people marched than attended the church service.

National costume proudly on display.


The parade finished with speeches and cannon fire. Then the celebrations really started. There will be some sore heads tomorrow.

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