Autumn is the perfect time for culture and festivals. It is a time for challenging our minds and enjoying a good, lively discussion afterwards

Snuggle up and challenge your mind

What do you do when the nights start drawing in, the street lights glisten on the wet tarmac and the wind rips the leaves from the trees? You snuggle up indoors. It may be dark outside, but conversation flows in a cosy, candlelit room, switching between jokes and more serious discussions, perhaps even touching on current major issues. This is the time to experience new art and culture and there is nothing better than a good discussion afterwards with friends, both old and new, and a glass of your favourite tipple. What better way to brighten a dim autumn day? Since there are not so many visitors to Northern Norway in the autumn, those who come receive an extra warm welcome and are happily included in conversations.


Here are five festivals to challenge and cheer you up in Northern Norway:

  • Verket in Mo i Rana is a huge, two-day outdoor concert featuring big names in Norwegian pop and rock and many international artists.
  • The Stumfilmdagene silent movie festival in Tromsø is held in the distinguished city cinema, built in 1916. Here you can watch classic silent movies in an authentic cinema auditorium dating back to the silent movie era. The musical accompaniment is a mixture of silent movie music on the piano and new scores written specially for the occasion.
  • The Nordkapp Film Festival is a festival for children and young people in Honningsvåg. It has a varied programme featuring entertaining films for youngsters along with seminars and concerts, all in a compact fishing village famous for its humorous and tongue-in-cheek feel.
  • The Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival in late October celebrates the medium of film. It features experimental video productions, short films, films from the Arctic as well as films from across the world.
  • The blue light at the start of the twilight season in Svalbard sets the mood for Dark Season Blues, a blues festival which takes over every stage and arena in the area during the last weekend of October. The artists are from Norway and across the world, while the audience is made up of Svalbard locals and a few tourists.