Enjoy the peaceful, undulating forest and the flowing rivers alongside The Wild Festival’s unique performances. The festival route guides visitors through brightly lit pine woods, ancient riverside trails, wilderness ponds, past the rapids at Kiutaköngäs and finally on to the beautiful Oulanka riverbank.




The Wild festival 23.8.-24.8.2019 combines Oulanka National Park’s wilderness with a diverse artistic program. The arts program includes creative acoustic gigs, dance, community art and philosophy. Entrance to the festival area is free of charge. The festival starts on Friday 23rd of August with an evening gig at Valtavaaranlampi near Ruka.

On Saturday 24th the festival spreads out along a 10 kilometre route in the forest of Oulanka National Park. The starting point is the Oulanka Visitor Centre.

The Wild Festival is organised by Kulttuuriyhdistys Päiväkoti ry. and Ruka-Kuusamo matkailuyhdistys ry. We are co-operating with The Finnish National Forestry and Parks Commission.


Visitors can bring their own snacks and prepare them at the permitted sites. These sites are specially marked for this purpose. Remember to check possible forest fire warnings. Please be careful not to leave any litter in the forest. There is a cafe-restaurant in the Oulanka Visitor Centre that is open on Saturdays from 10am to 6pm.

Hiking on the festival route

Visitors can follow the festival program on Saturday by moving from one performance place to another according to the given schedule or wander freely and enjoy the performances that might happen to come across. The shows will take place approximately 1 hour apart from each other. There are three starting times for the scheduled rounds. The whole route with all the artists will take about 7 hours.

The festival route will be marked with signs and it combines two hiking trails: Hiiden hurmos and Könkään keino ending at the riverbank in the camping ground one kilometre away from Oulanka Visitor Centre.

Please bear in mind that walking is permitted only on the marked routes. In Oulanka National Park visitors must abide by the rules of Hiking without littering.

For more information about the rules of the national park please see: https://www.nationalparks.fi/en/oulan­kanp/instructionsandrules


Friday 23rd Valtavaaranlampi

Yona & lumos Quartet

Saturday 24th Oulanka National Park


Joose keskitalo & The Mystic Revelation of Teppo Repo

Tatu Rönkkö

Pekko Käppi & K.H.H.L

Miki Liukkonen


Akseli Huhtanen

Sanna-Mari Prittinen

Liisa Louhela

Ahtinen ja Koivisto


Forest yoga


Friday 23.8.  Valtavaaranlampi YONA & LUMOS 17:00

The hi­king rou­te to Val­ta­vaa­ran­lam­pi is about 3 km. The star­ting point is Saa­rua Par­king, East Ruka (Ahon Jus­sin­tie 7).


Saturday 24.8. Oulanka National park  10:00-19:00.

Wild Festival map

The scheduled rounds start from the National Park Visitor Center at 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00. The scheduled rounds will end approximately klo 16:45, 17:45, 18:45.

1. KORPIKOMPPANIA Klo 10:40, 11:40, 12:40

2. MIKI LIUKKONEN klo 11:30, 12:30, 13:30

3. MAUSTETYTÖT KLO 12:45, 13:45, 14:45

4. TATU RÖNKKÖ klo 13:50, 14:50, 15:50

5. PEKKO KÄPPI & K:H:H:L KLO 14:50, 15:50, 16:50



(Suitable for children also)

B. Community art “Wild’s drawing book” by SANNA-MARI PRITTInen  11:00-15:00

(Suitable for children also)

c. Environmental art by AHTINEN & KOIVISTO  11:30-14:30

d. meet forest-philosopHER Akseli huhtanen 11:30-14:30


Friday 23rd of August Valtavaaranlampi

Hiking to Valtavaaranlampi

The hiking route to Valtavaaranlampi is about 3 km. The starting point is Saarua Parking, East Ruka (Ahon Jussintie 7). Valtavaaranlampi has lean-to shelter.

Saturday 24th Oulanka National Park

On Saturday the festival’s starting point is the Oulanka Visitor Centre. We recommend to travel there by festival bus. Constraction work on process in the last 13 kilometers of the road. Recommendation is to drive only 20-30km/hour

Festival bus

The easiest way to arrive is to take the festival bus that operates regularly on Saturday 24th of August between Ruka Centre and Oulanka Visitor Centre. The timetable will be announced soon.

Shared taxi

A shared taxi from Ruka to Oulanka Visitor Centre can be booked in advance. To order a shared taxi call Ruka taxi service tel. 08 8681 222

Oulanka National Park directions and maps


How to get to Ruka



Please see the accomodation options below.

You can choose either package with special offer (including accomodation in Ski-inn Aurinkorinne + festivalbus tickets) or accomodation elsewhere in Ruka.



You can book accomodation from Hotel Scandic Rukahovi with a special offer code: BVIL220819

Book festival accommodation from Scandic

Please check other accomodation options from the link below


Volunteer work

Wild Art festival is looking for volunteers. The volunteers will be provided with the accommodation in Ruka. Registration for volunteers: info@nullkulttuuritalopaivakoti.fi

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