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 6 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