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Överkalix Marknad. Photo: Linnéa Isaksson

Summer events in Heart of Lapland

Bright summer nights, tan lines and fresh drinks. Whether your soundtrack is the latest beats or revving engines, the summer in Heart of Lapland has something for everyone. Under the midnight sun you can enjoy music festivals, old cars, sporting events and dancing. Don’t miss out on the highlights for the locals – the summer markets. Get ready to feel the beat with us this summer!

Pajala Marknad, July 8-10 2022

The market in Pajala dates back to the 1700s and is today Norrbotten County’s largest market with around 45,000 visitors each year. 300 street vendors gather here over a weekend and together offers a huge selection. You can find everything from candy to clothes and art, local handicrafts and international delicacies. A carnival area with entertainment for the entire family keeps everyone happy and during the evening the local nighlife comes to life. Welcome to Pajala Marknad.

For more information, visit: Pajala Marknad.



Midsummer sail, June 2022

June 21st the starting shot goes in the bay of Wismar for the longest and hardest Baltic regatta. The sailors will race from the southernmost to the northernmost point of the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea is one of the most beautiful sailing areas in the world. There are hardly any tides and during the summer there is almost constant daylight. The North-South stretch of almost 900 nautical miles provides the perfect balance between a holiday trip and a sea-going race. Almost 80 international crews will sail the regatta and start arriving to Töre harbour sometime around midsummer. Get ready to hoist the sail!

For more information, visit Midsummer Sail.

Kalott Jazz & Blues, July 1-2 2022

Once again, visitors can enjoy music in atmospheric spaces such as the barn at the Åström yard (RIIHIjazz) and the festival culminates late Saturday, with a church concert at Nedertorneå. Festival visitors will meet loads of local talent as well as internationally famous artists. Almost twenty concerts are spread throughout the border geography of Haparanda and Tornio, from the preamble on Thursday to the closing concert on Saturday. You will be able to enjoy music in the most unusual venues – for instance on a jetty, in a railway station or at a playground. Jazz away at Jazz & Blues.

For more information, visit Kalott Jazz & Blues.

Classic Motormeet, July 14-16 2022

The sound of humming engines can be heard over the city when cars take center stage during Haparanda’s Classic Motormeet. The event is arranged by Wheels Nationals and features a swap meet, market, live music, award ceremonies, cruising and of course a lot of cars. After the evening cruise through Haparanda city, the party continues all night long. This is a show that every car enthusiast should attend!

For more information, visit: Classic Motor Meet 

Swim the Arctic Cricle 16 juli 2022

Come and cross borders in the open-water swimming competition in the Torne river. You will not only swim across the border between Sweden and Finland, but also across the Arctic Circle and the time zone. Feel welcome to come and cross your own personal borders too. During the night and you can choose to swim back in time in a 3 000 m race. If you swim the distance under an hour you will actually finish before the day the competition began. Come and follow the stream at the Arctic Circle.

For more information, visit Swim the Arctic Circle.

Sommarfesten på Brännaberget, July 16 2022

Dance your feet off under the midnight sun. This summer the gates to the mythical folk park that has entertained the region for decades are opened. The classic party place Brännaberget invites to dance, together with classic and nostalgic dance music. If you need to rest your feet you can have a snack from the café or just sit down and enjoy amazing views over Överkalix. Let’s go boogie!

For more information and tickets, visit Sommarfesten på Brännaberget.

Matarengi Marknad July 15-17, 2022

Övertorneå’s summer market is called Matarengi Market after the town’s Finnish name and dates back to 1979. During three weekend days, the main street is closed off and street vendors set up their booths. Here you can shop candy, clothes, handicrafts and mingle with local politicians. Many of the stores offer discounts and along the street you’ll find a café where you can rest and have a cup of coffee. Take part in the local community during Matarengi Marknad.

For more information, visit Matarengi Marknad.

Photo: Linnéa Isaksson

Överkalix Marknad, July 15-17 2022

During the third weekend of July, the big festival Överkalix Marknad takes place. You can participate in exciting activities and events in the surrounding villages and the town itself during the entire week leading up to the market. Överkalix Marknad has something for everyone – welcome to enjoy!

For more information, visit Överkalix Marknad.

Sommarfesten i Kalix, July 22-23 2022

The summer party in Kalix is a festival that mixes activities and music in and around the town of Kalix. Nothing makes summer more enjoyable than live music and the entire weekend is filled with popular Swedish artists and all kinds of genres. During the week there are activities all around the municipality to take part of. How about a MTB race along the national riverbanks, a show of veteran cars or a basketball tournament? Welcome to the summer festival in Kalix!

For more information, visit Sommarfesten.


Tornedalscupen, July 22-23 2022

The Torne valley cup is the largest soccer cup in the region for everyone who likes to play a little ball. During two full days, the soccer field in Pajala is filled with playmakers, ball wizards and passing geniuses. Register a team, take part in the audience and tune up in a cheer, or simply just join the evening festivities together with the rest of the enthusiasts. Get ready for Kick off!

For more information, visit Tornedalscupen

Vis & Bluesfestival på Vassholmen, July 29 2022

Listen to Swedens queen of blues or Kalix own singer/songwriter at scenic Vassholmen in the middle of Kalix river. On the island you’ll find well-preserved buildings from the era of log-driving, such as the an old courthouse. Today there’s a café and a museum on the island and besides the ballads & blues festival you can also enjoy summer theatre and car shows. Come and sing a long!

For more information, visit Vis & Bluesfestival på Vassholmens.

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