Summer brings scores of festivals to Scandinavia


NEW YORK -- Summer in Scandinavia means two things are in greater supply than during any other time of the year -- daylight and festivals.

A sampling of the latter follows. For more information, contact the Scandinavian Tourist Boards at (212) 885-9700.


  • Roskilde Festival, June 28 to July 1. As many as 70,000 tickets will be available for this event, one of the biggest rock festivals in the world, to be held near Roskilde, outside Copenhagen.
  • Tickets can be purchased until June 15, or until they are no longer available.

    Trains run from Copenhagen Central Station to Roskilde; shuttle trains run every half-hour from the station to the festival grounds.

    More information may be obtained by e-mail at [email protected] or on the Web at

  • European Medieval Festival, Aug. 24 and 25. This event, held in the city center of Horsens in east Jutland, celebrates medieval life with some 4,000 participants dressed in period costumes. One of Europe's largest medieval festivals, it drew 100,000 people last year.
  • For more information, e-mail a request to [email protected] or visit the Web site at

    The unofficial Danish Festival Calendar is available on line at


  • Helsinki Festival, Aug. 24 to Sept. 9. This festival is the most diverse event on the Finnish cultural calendar.
  • The Huvila Festival Tent, for example, will host performances of a children's magic show Aug. 26 and a concert by jazz guitarist John Scofield the following day. Finlandia Hall will be the host to orchestral works.

    Besides music, the Helsinki Festival also features dance, theater, the visual arts, cinema and a children's festival.

    For details, e-mail [email protected] or visit the festival's Web site at

  • Savonlinna Opera Festival, July 7 to Aug. 5. This year's operas -- held in the medieval Olavinlinna Castle, built in 1475 -- include "Aida," "Rigoletto" and "Macbeth." The Los Angeles Opera will provide guest performances of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and Strauss' "Salome."
  • To learn more, e-mail [email protected] or access the Web site at

    Information on all of Finland's festivals can be found on the Web at


  • The Cutty Sark Tall Ship Race, July 27 to 30. An armada of more than 100 tall ships will gather in Bergen for this traditional sailing event.
  • The Parade of Sail on July 30 will see all the ships sail in company from the Bergen harbor. The race starts in Antwerp, Belgium, on July 4; goes to Alesund and Bergen, Norway, and finishes in Esbjerg, Denmark, on Aug. 7.

    For more on the race, e-mail [email protected] or go to the Web site at

  • Queen Sonja International Music Competition, Aug. 16 to 23. This vocal competition in Oslo, endorsed by the Queen of Norway, brings singers from all over the world. The vocalists will perform with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Also taking place during the competition will be the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, from Aug. 17 to 25.

    For more information, e-mail [email protected] or visit the Web site at

    Details on various Norway festivals are on the Web at


    Music on Lake Siljan, June 30 to July 8. There is music for all tastes and ages in this festival, whose area stretches through towns along the lake in the province of Dalarna.

    A car is recommended to get around this event.

    Highlights include a tribute to Louis Armstrong by trumpeter Peter Asplund and his orchestra in the town of Mora.

    One of the more unusual events is a daily song-hike around Lake Siljan, trekking about nine miles each day.

    The Siljan Tourist Office can assist with tickets and accommodation reservations. For information, e-mail [email protected] or visit the Web site at

    For more about the festival, send an e-mail request to [email protected] or visit the festival's Web site at

  • Stockholm Jazz Festival, July 17 to 22. This 18th annual festival of jazz, blues and soul takes place on Skeppsholmen Island, near the Kings Palace and Old Town.
  • Performers include B.B. King, the Wayne Shorter Quartet, Bill Evans & Push, Maceo Parker, the Robert Cray Band, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and the Brecker Bros.

    More information can be obtained by e-mailing [email protected] or from the Web site at

    For information on all Swedish music festivals, e-mail [email protected]. The Web address is

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