This was a difficult concept for me to grasp no matter how many times it was explained to me.

When Norwegians finish high school, they have a massive celebration, call Russ. As in, they make up special clothes, costumes, paint cars, engage in all sorts of drunken party behavior, and generally let loose.

Check out the video below to see what I mean.

The closest thing I can relate it too is a mixture between a lad’s holiday and spring break. Which is not a bad thing at all, it’s mostly shocking that the average age of participants is between 16-18.

Drømmeprinsen ruller 🎉😜😎☀️ #russ2003 #russ #russ2016 #russ13åretter

A photo posted by Mari Ringnes Nordgård (@mariringnesen) on


Over the years the parties have gotten bigger and bigger, and there is some backlash now from older generations who used to enjoy more of a peaceful low key celebration rather than a massive week long party of dares and festivals.

TB #russ2016 @jaws_eikelirussen på Tryvann😷 #russehjelpen #russ2017 #russ2018 📷: @dugnadsiden

A video posted by Russens Hjelp Siden 08 (@russehjelpen) on

Whatever your feelings, it really is a site to see!

Feature image- Flickr- Sigurd Rage.