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 6–10 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 13–17 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.
The Väyläfestival, June 21– 1st July 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 20–21 in Salla. Rock out under the Midnight Sun, in the middle of nowhere!
Pyhä Unplugged, August 2–5 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, August 3–4 in Kemi. Top performers from Finland and abroad.
Simerock, August 10–11 in Rovaniemi. The best pop and rock performers from across Finland.
Ijahis Idja (‘’Nightless Night’’), August 17–19 in Inari. Listen and experience Sámi and other indigenous peoples’ music at concerts, seminars, workshops and clubs.
And to end the summer – Sompiorock in September in Savukoski.
Posio Fish Market Fair, July 14–15. Traditional village market with food, music, dance and more!
Cloudberry market of Ranua, August 4–5. Cloudberries, food, music and more! Traditional village markets held already for over 40 years.
Old Market Square Carnival of Rovaniemi, August 17–19. Finland’s biggest charity fair brings history back to life in the city centre of Rovaniemi.
Sports & Outdoors
Nuts Trail Run, July 13–14 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 13–15 in Ruka-Kuusamo. Stand up paddling weekend takes paddlers to River Kitkajoki and River Oulankajoki in Oulanka National Park.
Swim the Arctic Circle, July 14. 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, July 19–21 in Savukoski/Kemijärvi. Follow the flow of a No Ordinary river, paddling event covering 110 km from Savukoski to Kemijärvi, Eastern Lapland.
Levi Outdoor Fest, July 25–29 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.
Pyhä Marathon August 10–12. 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.
Pyhä-Luosto MTB August 18. Mountain bike festival at Pyhä-Luosto area. Pro series 81 km, Adventure trail 44km, Family track 15km
Saariselkä MTB Stages, August 23–26 in Saariselkä. Experience mountain biking in the pristine and unforgettable sceneries of Urho Kekkonen National Park and Hammastunturi wilderness area.
Ruskamarathon, September 1 in Levi. A traditional running event spiced up with the beautiful surroundings of Levi and vibrant colors of an early autumn.
Only in Lapland
Midsummer in Ruka-Kuusamo, June 21–24. 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, June 29 – July 1. 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.
Poikkinaintiajot Folkrace, July 12–15 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 July 28 in Ivalo, as a part of Inari Weeks.
Gold Panning Finnish Open at Gold Village of Tankavaara, July 19–22 in Sodankylä. Competition is open for everyone, come try your skills!
BorderPride, August 27 – September 2 in Tornio/Haparanda. A twin-city Pride festival, because love knows no borders.
Kuusamo Nature Photo Festival, September 7–9. Nature photographers and lovers of nature gather again in Kuusamo. Lots of interesting presentations, films and nature photo exhibitions.