WHERE: Traena, Norway
WHEN: 06 – 08 July 2023
Heaven is not only found … in the tropics. The inhabitants of the tiny municipality of Træna, one of the smallest in terms of population and area, of all Norway, know this well.
Just in this remote place, on an island in northern Norway, at 65 km away from the Atlantic, takes place the Traena Festival. If you are curious to know what makes this event so special … the answers could be many. Spectacular location, extraordinary hospitality and suggestive position. In this context, I would like to mention excellent music and excellent cuisine, and that’s it.
The Guardian has included him among the 10 European Festivals, to watch at least once in his life!
Here are some of the most interesting elements that make this island unique:
Photo, 2016 Økonomistudentene
The Traena Festival is not an event for everyone. If you are interested in attending the event, consider the difficulty and the length of the trip. The island, located at 33 nautical miles west of Sandnessjøen, can only be reached by sea.
Torghatten Nord and Boreal are the two shipping companies that provide connections to Træna.
From Stokkvågen, only one daily departure for Træna, with Boreal, from Monday to Friday at 09:15. Saturday and Sunday at 17:45.
From Sandnessjøen, departure on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with Torghatten Nord, at 16:30. The crossing lasts around 150′. From Bodø (hurtigbåtkaia), a daily departure with Torghatten Nord from Monday to Saturday, at 16:00. The travel time is slightly less than 6 hours. Both boats are used exclusively for passenger transport.
Lots of music, national and international, as per tradition. The 2023 edition of festival includes AURORA. Bigbang. Kjartan Lauritsen. Ary. brenn. Katarina Barruk. Thea Wang. JEZ_EBEL. Jouska. FABRÄK (DK). Diskopunk (SE). Benedikt. Juni Habel. Sara Fjeldvær. Ea Othilde. There are also numerous sideline initiatives, such as the great Gay Parade. It is the most colourful, tolerant and eccentric event of the Traena Festival. Appointment on Friday 07 July 2023.
The gates open at 17:00 and close at 02:30.
Photo ©, Henrik Mundal
Helgepass Trænafestivalen, is the complete ticket valid for the entire festival. It costs 2265 crowns, equal to about €200. Offers access to all concerts, except for the Camping area, Træna Kirke and Bingo Bar. Separate tickets must be purchased for these.
The ticket to attend a single day, chosen from the 3 available, costs 1030kr (about €90)
Given the limited accommodation offer, the Traena Camp is the ideal place to spend your nights. It’s almost a must to book a few months in advance, given the limited availability. To access the campsite you need to purchase a special TELTPLASS ticket which includes access and the possibility of pitching your own 3×4 meter tent. In case the dimensions exceed, you have to buy more tickets. Please note that this ticket must always be combined with the festival pass.
The Teltplass ticket costs 929 crowns, equal to about €80.
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