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Norwegian teens celebrate a bizarre, month-long holiday full of drinking, sex, and wild dares — here's what it's like

Norwegian teens celebrate a bizarre, month-long holiday full of drinking, sex, and wild dares — here's what it's like
What the Norwegian teen holiday Russefeiring is like - Business Insider

Every year, Norwegian teens on the cusp of graduating from high school celebrate "russefeiring," a month-long celebration filled with dares and party buses.

  • Norwegian teens on the cusp of graduating high school celebrate "russefeiring" or "the russ" — a celebration like no other in the world. 
  • The wild month-long event is centered on drinking, party buses, and wild challenges. 
  • The russ dominates teens' social media in Norway for the month, giving outsiders a window into the wild party. 

 

Forget the "American Pie" movies — American teens can learn a thing or two about partying from their Norwegian counterparts. 

Every year, Norwegian teens on the cusp of graduating from high school celebrate "russefeiring" or "the russ," a month-long celebration centered on drinking, party buses, and wild challenges. 

Partying during the wild month often reaches absurd peaks. On Wednesday, Norway's national transport regulator put out a formal statement discouraging high school graduates from "running naked across bridges and having sex on roundabouts lest they give drivers 'too much of a surprise,'" Reuters reported. 

"In the American movies, we get the impression that they are so crazy. But we have the craziest celebrations here in Norway," Fredrik Helgesen, a student leader of the russ committee, told the Associated Press. "I don’t think anything in the world is like this."

Students aggressively document russefeiring celebrations on social media, giving the rest of the world a look into the wild — and sometimes just bizarre — celebration.

Here's what it's like to experience what is quite possibly the craziest teen rager in the world. 

The russ starts in mid-April and lasts until Norwegian National Day on May 17.

Måtte alt gå vel ! Amen! #russetid #russ #igang #måttealtgåvel #amen #lykketilpåferden

A post shared by Mali (@malianette) on Apr 26, 2017 at 10:46am PDT

 

Revelers are immediately recognizable by their red and blue overalls — or russebukse — a crucial part of russ.

 

Russebukse are for sale on the official russ website, but many people choose to personalize their overalls.

#russefeiring #russebukse #russegirls #russegutt #yolo #yoloswag

A post shared by A.J Frønsdal (@afroensdal) on May 11, 2016 at 11:25am PDT

 

Much of the celebration is centered around party buses or vans.

For en herlig gjeng med russegutter🇳🇴👍 #russ2017 #russegutter #russetid #flottegutter #romeriksrussen2017

A post shared by ninnil (@ninnil) on May 17, 2017 at 11:44am PDT

 

The most elaborate are rigged with speakers, lighting, and even mini dance floors, which can cost up to $350,000.

@landstreff ❤❤ #rt17 #russetid #rt2017 #landstreff #landstreffredriksten #lf #lf17 #smuglerne #yankees #russetid2017

A post shared by Erling Stenbråten (@stenbraten) on Apr 24, 2017 at 7:55am PDT

 

The average Russbuss is used by 15 to 25 students and costs around $116,000.

Drammensvisningen 2017: Se bildene på DRM24.no! #russ #russetid #drammensrussen #DRM24

A post shared by Drammen Live24 (@drammenlive24) on Apr 20, 2017 at 2:03pm PDT

 

Many of the month's parties take place in and around the buses, as hired drivers shuttle teens to various festivals.

Borgartoget i Ulsteinvik:) #russebil #russ2017 #ulsteinruss #folketoget #ulsteinvik #mendetblejofintværjo

A post shared by Ingers (@ingers1971) on May 17, 2017 at 7:50am PDT

 

One of the biggest music festivals is held at the theme park Kongeparken, which is transformed into a three-day concert venue.

3 dager til det smelle igjen💥 #landstreffetstavanger #mittLS

A post shared by ODA HJELMELAND (@odahjelmeland) on May 3, 2016 at 5:52am PDT

 

The Associated Press called the event "Coachella transported from the desert to the snaking fjords by the icy North Sea."

Landstreff Stavanger
Landstreff Stavanger

Roughly 13,500 teens show up at the venue, "ready to rave at all costs."

Landstreff Stavanger
Landstreff Stavanger

Many dares are simply absurd — like wearing bread on your feet all day.

Når ikke vanlig sko lenger passer til skoledagen 😂😁#brød #rt17 #russeknuter #krypton2017

A post shared by Helene (@14helnet) on May 15, 2017 at 11:58pm PDT

 

Or, finishing a Big Mac in two bites.

Ute og tar russeknuter 👍🏻 #russ2016 #russeknuter #mcdonalds #cheeseburger #omnomnom #tasty

A post shared by Martin Mikalsen (@martin.mikalsen) on May 12, 2016 at 8:54am PDT

 

Others are racy, like having sex outside.

Noen som skulle hatt en håndfull kondomer til russetiden? Vi har masser - bestill på gratiskondomer.no #russ2017 #russetid

A post shared by Helsedirektoratet (@helsedirektoratet) on Apr 27, 2017 at 3:47am PDT

 

And, some just encourage drinking, like the dare to have 24 drinks in a single day.

LF var SYKT 🔥 #LF17 #Russ2017 #LandstreffFredriksten #rusbrusalt

A post shared by Ole Jakob (@olejakobaune) on Apr 24, 2017 at 6:36am PDT

 

After criticism that russ was getting too wild, some new dares were invented to encourage teens to make good choices, such as getting tested for STDs or giving food to a homeless person.

 

The "knots" that students earn through the dares are trinkets that are tied to the russ cap, or russeknuter. For example, you'd get a tampon to tie to the cap if you chug a beer with two tampons in your mouth.

"Vi har mange russeknuter, du har bare tre" Gratulerer med dagen, Norge! #17mai #hipphipphurra #russelue #russeknuter

A post shared by Your Personal Whipping Girl (@tyraimyra) on May 17, 2017 at 3:35am PDT

 

The caps have been around since 1905, when they were used in graduation ceremonies to represent students' acceptances into universities.

Russ🇳🇴 #russelue #fjord

A post shared by Johannes Aune (@johsaune) on Apr 22, 2016 at 7:09am PDT

Source: Norwegian American 

The partying and dares can take a toll on Norwegian teens as the month goes on.

Takk for en fantastisk russetid! ❤😁🇳🇴 . . #russ #rt2017 #russetid #squadgoals

A post shared by Maria (@maodgr98) on May 17, 2017 at 11:02am PDT

 

Everything finally comes to an end on May 17, a national holiday celebrating the signing of the Norwegian constitution.

 

People celebrate the day with traditional garb and parades.

Best class a guy could ask for 😀🙌🤓#Petroleum #friends #NTNUlife #17mai #avgangskullet

A post shared by Even G. Øyan (@evengoyan) on May 22, 2017 at 10:51am PDT

 

After a month of partying, it's time to get serious — exams are just around the corner.

 

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