Assuming you aren’t currently roasting in Australia (hang in there folks, we’re thinking of you!), if you’re feeling the sting of winter’s chill, these photos might help you warm up a little. 

Alesund, Norway is the site of the world’s biggest bonfire - created by stacking wood pallets into a 40 metre (131 ft) tower on an artificial island. The towering inferno is created for “Sankthans, or ‘Midsummer’, an annual festival celebrated on the 24th of June (around summer solstice) in commemoration of John the Baptist’s birth. The day is celebrated in Scandinavian countries and other parts of Europe, and the bonfire, known as Slinningsbålet, is a traditional part of the festivities, but things are taken to an awesome extreme in Alesund. 

"In 2010, a record was set for the tallest bonfire at 40.45 meters (132.71 ft). The previous record was 37.84 meters (124.14 ft) set in 1993. The base of the structure is approximately 20 meters wide (65.6 ft). About 30-40 people partake in the build, and to light the structure someone must climb to the top to ignite it. If the fire doesn’t burn from top to bottom things could end badly."

Click here for video footage of this incredible event.

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