What can you do with all the light that summer in Lapland offers for 24/7 for three months? Do like the locals do, and go crazy. It’s no secret that under the Midnight Sun, the party can last all night!
Join the locals at one of the many music festivals. You’ll find rock, pop, rap, classical, or perhaps something you won’t hear anywhere else. Summer is also the time of markets: something old, something new, and smiling faces guaranteed: purchase local handicrafts, try Lapland delicacies or just enjoy the atmosphere. There couldn’t be a more beautiful backdrop for doing sports than the majestic fells of Lapland. Whether it’s biking, running or canoeing that you prefer, Lapland has something for everyone.
If you are looking for something a little bit more special for your summer holiday, then these events are for you!
Arts, Culture and Music
The Silence Festival, June 4-7 in the small village of Kaukonen in Kittilä gathers the most interesting performances and artists from Finland and abroad.
The Midnight Sun Film Festival, June 10-14 in Sodankylä brings together the most fascinating film directors from around the world, up-and-coming talents, international audiences and the inhabitants of Sodankylä and Lapland.
Solstice Festival, June 18-21. Two day festival gathers the most exciting foreign and local artists on the top of Rukatunturi under the midnight sun.
The Väyläfestival, at the end of June, is a multifaceted arts festival taking place in the Torne River Valley, an area surrounding the border between northern Finland and Sweden. Musicians and visual artists from Finland, Norway, and Sweden present a unique summit of the arts in the churches and culture venues of the heart of Lapland.
Sallainen Rock, July in Salla. Rock out under the Midnight Sun, in the middle of nowhere!
Sounds of Luosto, July 30 – Aug 1 in Luosto. Enjoy live classical music set in the beautiful natural surroundings of Sodankylä.
Pyhä Unplugged, July 30 – August 2 in Pyhä-Luosto. The artistic director of the festival is Finnish musician Mato Valtonen, known for his bands, Sleepy Sleepers, and the Leningrad Cowboys.
Satama Open Air, July 31 – August 1 in Kemi. Top performers from Finland and abroad.
Simerock, August 14-15 in Rovaniemi. The best pop and rock performers from across Finland.
Ijahis Idja (‘’Nightless Night’’), August 14-15 in Inari. Listen and experience Sámi and other indigenous peoples’ music at concerts, seminars, workshops and clubs.
Wild Festival, August 21-23. The Wild Festival in Ruka combines Oulanka National Park’s wilderness with a diverse artistic program. No entrance fee!
And to end the summer – Sompiorock, September 4-6 in Savukoski.
Posio Fish Market Fair, in July. Traditional village market with food, music, dance and more!
Cloudberry market of Ranua, in August. Cloudberries, food, music and more! Traditional village markets held already for over 40 years.
Old Market Square Carnival of Rovaniemi, August 21-23. Finland’s biggest charity fair brings history back to life in downtown Rovaniemi.
At Sompio’s Harvest Market, in September in Vuotso, Sodankylä, you can buy top quality local goods, watch interesting work demonstrations, listen to live music and get to know local producers.
Sports & Outdoors
Salla Midnight Trail Run & Orienteering, in June in Salla. Sprint under the Midnight Sun in the beautiful landscape of Sallatunturi and Ruuhitunturi.
Midnight Sun Harness Races, in June in Sodankylä. The races start late in the evening and continue until midnight. Giddy-up!
Nuts Trail Run, July 10-11 in northwestern Finnish Lapland. Options for 134 km, 55 km and 30 km trail runs in scenic Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park.
Ruka SUP Weekend, July 10-11 in Ruka-Kuusamo. Stand up paddling weekend takes paddlers to River Kitkajoki and River Oulankajoki in Oulanka National Park.
Swim the Arctic Circle, July 11. An open-water swimming competition in the Tornio River where you swim across the border between Sweden and Finland, across the Arctic Circle and the time zone.
Kemijoki Experience in July in Savukoski/Kemijärvi. Follow the flow of a No Ordinary river, paddling event covering 110 km from Savukoski to Kemijärvi, Eastern Lapland.
Arctic Challenge, July 20, is an extremely tough exercise race, that tests both the physical and mental endurance of the participants.
Arctic Grind Saariselkä, in July, is an all-new gravel grinding event in the Northern Lapland.
Levi Outdoor Fest, in July in Kittilä. Activity event combining unique nature of Fell Lapland to diverse sport and leisure activities suitable to everyone in the family from beginners to experts.
Levi Bike Fest, in July. Five days of cycling uphill, downhill, in the forests, through the towns and fells.
Pyhä Marathon August 14-16. Trail running event in the Pyhä-Luosto National Park. Running distances available are: 43 km fell marathon, 21,5km fell half marathon and 10 km fell light trail.
Kaldoaivi Ultra Trail MTB & Trailrun 130km, August 14-15 in Nuorgam, Utsjoki. The world’s northernmost ultra race held in the largest wilderness area of Finland.
Pyhä-Luosto MTB in August. Mountain bike festival at Pyhä-Luosto area. Pro series 81 km, Adventure trail 44km, Family track 15km
Saariselkä MTB Stages, August 20–23 in Saariselkä. Experience mountain biking in the pristine and unforgettable sceneries of Urho Kekkonen National Park and Hammastunturi wilderness area.
Rudolf’s Revenge MTB in August. Mountain bike festival at Ruka area. Gravity, XC, Santa’s Little Helpers, Speed & Skill, Academy Sessions, Puss Camp and Group Rides and evening jams.
Ruskamarathon, in September in Levi. A traditional running event spiced up with the beautiful surroundings of Levi and vibrant colors of an early autumn.
Ruska Race in September 14. Consists of mountain biking around lake Pyhäjärvi, canoeing along the small river and hiking a sightseeing route over Soutaja fell.
Only in Lapland
Midsummer in Ruka-Kuusamo, June 18-21. The Midsummer Festival – the celebration of the shortest night of the year – is all about happy people and ancient traditions.
Inari Nightless Night – Instagrammers outdoor bash, in June. The arctic summer and the nightless night provides ideal conditions for an adventure where you get to dive into the secrets of social media and photography.
Midnight Sun Hike in June. Celebrate the Nightless Night by hiking Muonio. Breathe the cleanest air in the world as you explore Fell Lapland, whether it’s a few kilometers around the Pallastunturi Visitor Center or the epic 55 km Hetta-Pallas trail.
Poikkinaintiajot Folkrace, in July in Pello. Top Gear -approved summer fun, ‘’Everyman’s class’’ car racing event.
Snowmobiles are a common sight in Lapland, and the craziest ones don’t let the lack of snow stop them from engaging with their favourite hobby! Join the fun at Snowmobile Watercross race and more Inari Weeks July 17-26.
Sodankylä Watercross, in August, shows how the fast & furious snowmobile riders compete with each other on water.
World Gold Panning Championships at Tankavaara Gold Village, in August in Sodankylä. Competition is open for everyone, come try your skills!
BorderPride, in August in Tornio/Haparanda. A twin-city Pride festival, because love knows no borders.
Kuusamo Nature Photo Festival, September 12-15. Nature photographers and lovers of nature gather again in Kuusamo. Lots of interesting presentations, films and nature photo exhibitions.