BBC visits remote Norwegian island festival

BBC has visited the remote and unique Træna Festival close to the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway.

Træna - Søholmen (foto: Terje Mortensen -

Writes BBC correspondent Olaf Furniss: “In the “land of the midnight sun”, northern Norway, the locals make up for the long months of winter darkness by letting their hair down in the summer – nowhere more so than on a small group of rocky islands close to the Arctic Circle, which plays host to what may be the world’s most remote music festival.”

The Træna Festival is set in a unique setting among the thousands of islands found on the idyllic and wild coastline in the southern part of the Nordland County, close to the Arctic Circle. Træna is and archipelago that consist of 418 islands, creating a stunning backdrop for a festival that sports a roster containing some of Norwegian music’s top shelf-names: Kaizers Orchestra, Big Bang, Bertine Zetlitz, Jim Stärk and Adjagas. To reach the Træna archipelago, visiting festival goers (of which there are quite a few) must take a five hour boat crossing from the town of Bodø – the journey itself is part of the whole experience of the festival concludes BBC’s Olaf Furniss.

Furniss is taken by the beautiful surroundings, the community spirit, the unique ambiance and the strong acts performing at the festival. The 24-hour sunlight also contributes to a intense experience.

Read Olaf Furniss’ entire article here.

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