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Midsummer in Mora (Dalarna)

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Midzomer in Mora

Sometimes they say that Dalarna is the real Sweden. So there’s no better place than Mora in Dalarna to celebrate midsummer. I went to Mora in 2017 to enjoy a typical midsummer eve with the locals. Because I didn’t know then how to make a flower crown yourself, I bought a diadem with flowers.

I had no idea beforehand where I could celebrate midsummer in Mora. The websites (not even this one in Swedish) didn’t give much info. I read that somewhere in Mora there was a campsite where they put the maypole every year on midsummer and had a nice midsummer party. I put the address of the campsite in Google Maps and started walking.

Midsummer among the locals

After a while I heard a fanfare. According to Google Maps I was still a bit away from the campsite. My curiosity steered me in the direction of the music. I came to a small hamlet in Mora where the locals celebrated midsummer together.

Fika midzomer Mora

There were stands where you could enjoy fika, including sju sorters kakor (the tradition wants you to serve seven different types of cookies). There was a brass band, there were singing choirs and there was even a little train that drove the children around the village.

The maypole

meipaal midzomer in mora

The maypole was already decorated and ready to be pushed upright by the local strong men and women. And this under loud encouragement. There were a lot of Swedes in traditional costume. A unique experience!

Recht zetten meiboom
Meiboom midzomer in Mora

There is a small competition – the honor of the village is at stake – in the region for who has the biggest. Here they are at the top, which naturally increased the competitive spirit even more 🙂

Midzomerfeest in Mora, de meipaal

Små grodorna

When the maypole was finally up, young and old gathered to sing midsummer songs. I only knew Små grodorna but happily joined in. Very happy that I could experience this beautiful party with and between the Swedes. Can’t wait to do it again!

Midzomer in Mora

Video: Midsummer in Mora

Have you ever attended a traditional midsummer party? Where should I definitely go next time?

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22 June 2021

Små grodorna, a midsummer classic

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små grodorna - midzomer liedje Zweden

The song of the midsummer party is ‘Små grodorna’, a sing-along about little frogs. I learned the lyrics from some older Swedish couples when I travelled with Inlandsbanan in the days before midsummer. It was a memorable moment. They went crazy and soon we were all jumping down the aisle of the train like frogs! There is no footage of it. Somehow that is a shame, but at the same time that moment is so printed in my memory that I will never forget it. What an experience!

Once in Mora I attended the midsummer festival in a small hamlet. Together with the locals I watched how the maypole was raised after which we all danced and sang around it. It was a wonderful day!

If you ever get the chance to celebrate midsummer in Sweden, I would say: definitely do it! Put up your flower crown . If you don’t know the text of the little frogs song and the accompanying dance, don’t worry, you’ll pick it up soon. If you want to practice at home, you will find the text below. All together at full throttle?

The text of Små grodorna

Små grodorna lyrics

The song about the frogs is simple and doesn’t really make any sense. Yet it belongs to the collective memory of the Swedes. Are you singing along?

Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se. (2x)

Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de. (2x)

Origin Små grodorna

The melody of Små grodorna comes from the chorus of a military march from the French Revolution, “La Chanson de l’Oignon”. The original text sounded: “Au pas, camarade, au pas camarade / au pas, au pas, au pas!”.

The English, enemies of the French at that time, changed the text with condescending irony to “Au pas, grenouilles!”. The melody is still used in a French nursery rhyme with the original lyrics “Au pas camarades”, and is also used on military occasions. However, it is not yet known how the melody eventually ended up in Sweden, but the Swedish lyrics are clearly inspired by the English version.

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21 June 2021

Midsummer inspiration: pavlova with red fruits

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Recept voor midzomer: pavlova met rode vruchten

For midsummer I wanted to bake a delicious summer cake with lots of red fruits. I looked for inspiration in the Swedish cookbook ‘Sju Sorters Kakor’ and created my own version of their Pavlova recipe. Here’s my Pavlova with red fruits.


Like many Swedes, I am a big fan of meringue or maräng. As a child, when we bought bread in the bakery after school, I was sometimes allowed to choose a meringue too. We called it ‘foam’. The bottom of a Pavlova is a meringue bottom so it won’t surprise you that a Pavlova is one of my favorite cakes!

What do you need for Pavlova

Benodigdheden pavlova
  • 3 egg whites at room temperature
  • 150 grams very fine white sugar
  • 100 grams powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon corn flour
  • 250 ml whipped cream
  • 25 grams white sugar
  • Red fruits (a lot): blueberries, juniper berries, raspberries, strawberries,…

Meringue recipe

Take a stainless steel mixing bowl (I have one from Kitchen Aid) and make sure it is very well degreased. You can also clean it with half a lemon.

Bereiding meringue

Add the egg whites and beat lightly with the whisk on the highest setting. Add the fine white sugar spoon by spoon. The next spoon should only be added when you see that all sugar is gone.

Bereiding meringue

Reduce the setting to medium speed and add the icing sugar, again spoon by spoon. Finally, I also add a spoonful of cornmeal.

Put the mixture on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Smooth it out in a circle.


Put this in the oven at 100°C. Turn the oven off after an hour and leave the meringue in it until the oven has completely cooled down (and preferably even longer).

Do not remove the bottom for the pavlova from the baking paper until everything has cooled down completely. The meringue should still be a little moist in the middle.

For finishing

Whip the whipped cream with a little sugar and decorate it on top of the meringue. Finish with the red fruits.

Pavlova met rode vruchten

Variations on this pavlova are possible with figs, strawberries,…

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