Larzen can speak to this, but Norway in sunshine is spectacular. But you can see those same beautiful fjords and mountains in gray, dark weather and it just feels bleak, lonely, and isolated. That's why there is such a great socializing indoor culture and candles. Lots and lots of tea lights everywhere.
But sunshine makes the country just shimmer. Sunshine looks better there. I say this as someone living in a very sunny place in California. Norwegian sunshine looks better.
So glad the family could get together. ML's daughters are still in the year of firsts for everything. Next year may be harder because it won't be the first summer, first this and first that, but the second one, and people pay less attention and offer less support as time goes on.