Expect mountain walk and fishing in sea, rivers and lakes
NORWAY: While big festivals are all about the bands, high tickets price and often overrun with drunken people, more and more intimate events drawn in locals’ keen to make the most of the outdoors and focus on fun in the sun. It´s all about where to find them. Here is one with fun in the Midnight Sun.
Summer in the very north of Europe means wild nature and sun all day and night. If you want to party like the locals under the Midnight Sun, then make your way to the smallest festival in Norway.
Don´t expect any big festival names showing up at the small stage in the festival tent, and most likely you will be able to shake hands will all the crowd during the four days of festival. Normally only 20-30 people lives in the tiny village of Kunes, located at the coast of Laksefjord in the middle of Finnmark, in the most northern part of Norway. During the four days of Kunesdagan Festival additional 3-400 guest use to attend the festival and the village.
“Thanks to all who use to come here and many returns year after year. I will be very happy to meet any new guest in the next festival. This festival will continue to be the tiniest one in Norway”, Alf Edvard Masternes tells. He is the man in charge when Kunesdagan festival kicks off in July.
Live music. Kunesdagan will go on for four days and the program will soon be ready. But expect live music, mountain walk and fishing competition in sea, rivers and lakes.
In addition, a workshop about the art of joik, an ancient form of Sami music.
Wild salmon. At this time of the year the Midnight Sun still shines while you are preparing wild salmon and king crab on the grill well after midnight or in the middle of the night. Local food is most important at the smallest festival in Norway.
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Make it Happen!
Touch Down: Nearest airport: Banak Airport in Lakselv, 1,5-hour drive from Banak to Kunes, Three hours’ drive from Kjøllefjord and the coastliner Hurtigruta. Kunes is located next to Laksefjorden. Two hours’ drive to the Finish boarder.
Stay: Kunes Camping is the only place to stay – in tent or rent a room with shower. It´s possible to rent caravan and use Sauna. Phone: +47 95118700
Eat: Coop Matkroken is the only food shop, located next to the campsite. Food can be made at the campsite´s kitchen.
Play: Fishing in both fresh and salt water, visit the lakes, the river Storelva and a mountain walk. The village has just 20 permanent residents.
Mini Guide: The mountain of Laksefjorden has the largest amount of lakes with trout and char. This is a walk in an easy terrain and rolling countryside. Kunesdagan and the festival takes place last week of July with performing artists from the local area.