Finnmarksløpet - The longest sled dog race in Europe

The Finnmarksløpet sled dog race takes place every year the week of March. That’s when around 150 sled dog teams will be competing, with about half going the full 1,200 kilometres and the rest 500 kilometres. The race starts in Alta, crosses Finnmark to Kirkenes and ends back in Alta. It is Europe’s longest, and the world’s northernmost, sled dog race.


March 8-17

Barents Spektakel 2018

The Barents Spektakel is Norway’s most border-crossing festival!

The festival is a cultural-political cocktail with contemporary art and music, theatre and performance, literature and architecture and seminars and debates as its ingredients – all spiced with current issues related to the Barents Region and the High North in general.



February 21-25

Kirkeneskonferansen/The Kirkenes Conference 2018

The Kirkenes Conference focuses on different aspects of the development of the high north in intersection between politics and industrial and social development.


February 20-22

Kirkenesdagene 2017

Fair at Kirkenes center.



August 3-5

Bugøynesfestivalen 2017

Folk festival at Bugøynes.



July 27-30

Finnmark internasjonale litteraturfestival

The Finnmark International Literature festival is organized by Finnmark county every two years. For the second time it will take place at Kirkenes, the theme for this year's festival is Mentality.



16.-19. November