The summer culture in this part of the world comes out in busy, fun and crazy late-night festivals that are popular with locals. Music, beer, wooden boats, crabs; themes are diverse and imaginative. The main aim is to have fun because it’s too light to go to bed. Here is a small selection.

1. The Lofotr.  Viking Festival in the reconstructed longhouse at Borg attracts children and Viking fans from all over Norway, and features sacrifices, parties, markets, duels, courses in handicrafts and plenty of fun.

2. Riddu Riddu folk festival in the Sami village of Manndalen features top Sami artists, other indigenous performers, and an amazing atmosphere in the lavvo tents. Sheltered by the Lyngen Alps, the weather is usually great.

3. The Træna Festival is a rock festival like no other on an island 60 km (35 miles) out to sea, right on the Arctic Circle. With contemporary bands, freshly caught fish and a concert in the Kirkhellaren cave on the island of Sanna.

4. The Festival of Northern Norway is an eclectic display of music and theatre, with music ranging from symphonic to acoustic at the Kulturhus, in the 700-year-old Trondenes Church, on the quayside and in intimate bars, just when the midnight sun is at its highest in the northern skies.

5. The Nordland Music Festival is a discerning mix of classical and contemporary, jazz and world music, in Bodø’s Stormen concert hall, on Keiservarden mountain with views of the Lofoten Wall and in other stunning locations near Bodø. 

Here you will find a list of most festivals in Northern Norway during the year.