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Traena Festival 2023, 06 - 08 July. Norway most spectacular events

Traena Festival

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:

  • Trænstaven is located at 338 meters above sea level.
  • Træna is Norway’s oldest fishing village. It consists of more than 1.000 islands, islands and coral reefs.
  • The settlement, on the whole island, is limited to Husøy, Selvær, Sanna and Sandøy.
  • In Træna it is possible to sight around 180 different species of birds.
  • Thanks to its position on the open sea, Træna is the last place where migratory birds pass from the east and west.
  • From mid-May to mid-July, the midnight sun can be seen.
  • Remains of stone age settlements are still visible on Sanna; here are the archaeological excavations.
  • Several hiking trails run through the Træna mountains. Among these, there is the tracing of love.

Kirkehellern Traena Festival

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.


Oslo can be an excellent starting point, thanks to the presence of two international airports: Gardermoen, and Sandefjord/Torp.

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.


Camping Traena Festival Norway

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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