Norwegians Celebrate The Summer Solstice With The World's Biggest Bonfire And It's BREATHTAKING

In the Norwegian town of Alesund, people usher in the summer heat with even more heat, so much that they continuously break records for having the world's biggest bonfire.

Bonfire - Flames

This midsummer festival is called Slinningsbålet and it's celebrated every year on June 24 to commemorate John the Baptist's birth with an annual burning of massively-stacked pallets, crates, and barrels. Because of its size, it takes 30 to 40 people to build the tower on a piece of land surrounded by water.

Bonfire - People Stacked


Once completed, the fire is lit by a fuse housed in a barrel atop the tower. Climbers have to quickly make their way back down before the fire catches up.

This year, the tower stood at a world record-breaking 155.5 feet, beating out last year's 131.2 feet.


It's a tradition that's occurred for more than 50 years and one that requires an incredible amount of bravery and hard work.

"This tradition means everything to the city, and even more to the youth building it," it says on the Slinningsbålet Facebook page. "This is our time to shine, a place to meet friends you couldn't meet elsewhere and create amazing memories of something extremely special. We love this place, the city, the bonfire itself and everyone that we work with for 3 months straight."

If you can't take the heat, get out of Alesund.