Best Festivals in Scandinavia


Daily Scandinavian’s choice of the month. Here is a list compiled by the editor showing what he considers some of the best festivals in Scandinavia. Everything from sports, classical music and rock to history. You’ll find something for young and old.  Enjoy!

Celebrated with bonfires, parties and great gusto across Scandinavia on the nearest weekend to 23 June.


Holmenkollen Ski Festival. Norway
Oslo’s Holmenkollen ski jump is the focus of this traditional sports event, held annually in March.


Horsens Middle Ages Festival. Denmark
Medieval history is brought to life in late August at this lively festival, with music, dancing and traditional performances.

Dalhalla Summer Music. Sweden
There’s something to appeal to everyone at this cavernous open-air arena, set in the depths of an abandoned limestone quarry near Rättvik. Its summer-long music programme encompasses opera, jazz, pop and rock.


Roskilde Festival. Denmark
Northern Europe’s largest annual music festival, held over four days in early July, features world-famous rock and pop bands.

Bergen International Festival. Norway
Norway’s answer to the Edinburgh festival; from late May to early June artists and musicians flock to Bergen from all over the world to perform in this, the loveliest of Norway’s cities. Ibsen and Grieg are, of course, focal points.