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About Arctic Weekend in English

Updated on 2nd of October 2018


Arctic Weekend is a Festival for skiers, snowboarders and like-minded people, held every year in Rovaniemi, Finland on the last weekend of October.

The idea is to kick off the winter season with interesting presentations, movie premieres, discussions, charity auctions, live music, good food, even better parties and winter vibes. There is a chance to play and try riding on real snow, an open ski & snowboard session as well as an invitational contest session later in the evening. 

2018 will be the 2nd annual Arctic Weekend. The first one, in 2017 was a big success. Tickets to the main event in Korundi were sold out in advance, and all of the other locations were at full capacity too. The event had a special vibe, and people did enjoy the program very much. Actually 100% of the over 40 people who answered our post-event questionnaire, gave a 9 or 10/10 answer on how likely they were to recommend Arctic Weekend to their friends. 

This year, we are expecting a small growth in the amount of people attending, but quite a big growth in the quality of the program. Most of the program is in Finnish, since majority of the audience will be Finnish speaking. There is however plenty of stuff to enjoy even if you are not a native Finn. The event is very welcoming for all those who share an interest in winter and snow – not only active riders. 

If you are interested, we recommend you grab those tickets in advance, because they are selling out fast. Info below.

The interest from abroad and numerous messages in english has been a pleasant surprise for us organisers. Next year, in 2019, we are looking forward to adding more program in english as well. But there is no need to wait, since there is much you can enjoy anyways. 

We compiled this page to act as a guide for international attendees in 2018.

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See you at the Arctic Weekend!

– Antti Autti, Ville Puominen & rest of the Arctic Weekend Crew

The event is very welcoming for all those who share an interest in winter and snow
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Arctic Weekend info & FAQ

What? 

Arctic Weekend is a festival for skiers, snowboarders and like-minded people, held every year in Rovaniemi, Finland on the last weekend of October.

The idea is to kick off the winter season with interesting presentations, movie premieres, discussions, charity auctions, live music, good food, even better parties and winter vibes. There is also a chance for kids to play and try riding on real snow, and open ski & snowboard session as well as an invitational contest session later in the evening. 

Where & when? 

26th–28th October 2018 in Rovaniemi (details below in program)

Who is it for?

For skiers, snowboarders and like-minded people. The event is very welcoming for all those who share an interest in winter and gliding downhill on snow – regardless of equipment choice, skill level, type of riding etc. 

What makes it special? 

Arctic Weekend takes place in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, the north of Finland, right on the Arctic Circle. The combination of cool venues, good vibes, interesting high quality program and creative elements of surprise make Arctic Weekend what it is. The event was born out of need and will to do something cool to benefit the ski & snowboard scene and culture in Finland – especially in the North – and this is still the driving force behind the event. From riders to riders.

How do I buy tickets? 

NOTE: KICK OFF & PARTY TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE // DAY TICKETS AND THE ARCTIC WEEKEND TICKETS (DAY + PARTY) ARE SOLD OUT.

Friday: You will need a separate ticket for the Kick Off in Kauppayhtiö (sold in Kauppayhtiö, 10 €, Cash Only).

Saturday: For the Main Day in Korundi you have three options. Tickets are sold over the desk at Korundi, and online on lippu.fi. Lippu.fi will add a fee to the price. Clicking on the links will take you to Lippu.fi to buy tickets.

Where should I stay in Rovaniemi?

We recommend booking a room or a cabin through our partners: Hostel Cafe Koti, Lapland Hotels Ounasvaara Chalets and Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara all have special offers. 

Hostel Cafe Koti

10% discount for bookings made via e-mail info@hostelcafekoti.fi. Mention code ”Arctic Weekend” when making the booking. 

Lapland Hotel Ounasvaara Chalets

Standard Chalet for 1-2 persons 99 € / night incl. breakfast

Superior  Chalet for 1-2 persons 114 € / night incl. breakfast

Superior lChalet for 3-4 persons 154 € / night incl. breakfast

Lapland Hotel Sky Ounasvaara

Standard Twin Room for 1-2 persons 89e / night incl. breakfast

Twin Room with a Sauna for 1-2 persons  99e / night incl. breakfast

Junior suite  for 1-2 persons 120e / night & for 3-4 persons 146e / night incl. breakfast

Book through www.laplandhotels.com using code ALLARW18.

Where should I eat in Rovaniemi? 

We recommend our partners, who also happen to be some of the very best restaurants in Rovaniemi:

Yuca – authentic mexican street food

Cafe & Bar 21 – famous for their sweet & salty waffles, cocktails & brunch

Hostel Café Koti – tasty and affordable bistro menu and lovely brunch

Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara – fine dining, recommended by White Guide Nordic (many of the chefs are actually riders too)

Kauppayhtiö – best pizza & burgers in town

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Good food

Even better parties

Winter vibes

FRIDAY

Fri 18:00–20:00 Kama Workshop – Intersport Rovaniemi (Finnish)

  • Riding gear workshop with professionals 

  • Free admission, the Intersport Store is inside Shopping Centre Rinteenkulma

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Gear Workshop at Intersport Rovaniemi


Fri 21:00–04:00 Kick Off Presented by Pyhä AT KAHvila kauppayhtiö

(Mostly Finnish, but movies & party can be enjoyed by all)

  • Stories from Pyhätunturi by Free’kend Ambassadors

  • Video Premieres: Antti Autti x Pyhä, Labyrinth Crew, Keeshlife

  • Finnish rap artist Stepa, Rollomatik Dj’s

  • 10 €, cash only, advance tickets from Kauppayhtiö (Valtakatu 24)

”Originating from the Arctic Circle, Rollomatik is all about breaking the ice on the dancefloors and bringing a breath of fresh air to the clubs. The crew consists of Hesh & Eaves, who are probably the northernmost players in the funk-fuelled party music scene. Together they share a strong enthusiasm to rock the party and provide funky tunes you won’t hear from the commercial channels. In respect of that, if you had to pick one word to describe them, it would be definitely “funky”. And it is really all about that. Their performance is known for a seamless cooperation on the decks to effortlessly blend sounds together in funk, soul, disco, reggae, hiphop, breaks and the latest party bangers.”

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KICK OFF at Kauppayhtiö

26th October 2018 21 PM–4 AM

Stories from Pyhätunturi by Free’kend Ambassadors

Video Premieres: Antti Autti x Pyhä, Labyrinth Crew, Keeshlife

Finnish rap artist Stepa, Rollomatik Dj’s

10 €, cash only, advance tickets from Kauppayhtiö

SATURDAY

Main Day – Korundi House of Culture

NOTE: All of the programs are at Korundi. The Afterparty too!

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AW Theater

Many of the movies are actual Premieres – presented by the riders themselves!

AW Theater 11:15–18:30

lots of fresh ski & snowboard movies, some of them are premiering at Arctic Weekend: KeeshLife, Labyrinth Crew, Full Parts from Saku Tiilikainen, Tommi Ollikainen, Samu Mikkonen & Toni Kerkelä, Perks by Joonas Mattila, The Feeling by GMC Pictures, Patagonia Expedition by Arto Majava, The Arctic Journey by Jaakko Posti & Antte Lauhamaa, Method Movie 3 and Need Snow by Sami Luhtanen


Main Hall 

11:30–12:30 Stories on Sponsorship – Discussion (Finnish only)

13:30–14:30 Mountains as a Profession IN ENGLISH

  • Anders & Merja Bergwall from ArcticGuides (Sweden)

  • What is life and work in the mountains like? How does it affect your every day family life? What kind of sacrifices do you need to make? What do you get in return? Can you escape work in your free time? Lots of interesting stories, spoken in english!

15:00–16:00 Svalbard Unplugged

  • Photographer Rami Hanafi on his project in Svalbard, Norway

16:30–18:00 Panel Discussion – The Change of Lapland Winters and Tourism (Finnish only)

19:00–20:00 Closer Short film featuring Death Hawks, The Psychedelic Snow Experience

  • A short film by director Iisakki Kennilä, featuring Antti Autti, Toni Kerkelä, Shin Biyajima & Keisuke Yoshida

Mountains as a Profession by ArcticGuides – Sat at 13:30–14:30 IN ENGLISH
— Arctic Weekend Staff Pick

The KORUNDI Yard

11:00–14:00 & 16:30–18:30 Burton Riglet Park, Gear Testing, Kid’s Playground

12:00–14:00 Pieps Test Center

14:00–15:00 & 17:00–18:00 Fellfood

  • by chef Tero Mäntykangas in the Kota Hut

14:00–16:00 Open Sesh

  • session for skiers and snowboarders, basic rail riding skills required

  • two riders get to take part in the Rail Rave!

20:30–21:30 Rail Rave!

  • invitational show session / contest where we turn the setup into a rave club

21:30–22:00 Arctic Weekend Afterski Spectacle @ AW Tent

  • Just wait and see

23:00 Lyömättömät

  • Finnish freestyle rap trio

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RAIL RAVE!

SAT 20:30–21:30

Invitational show session / contest where we turn the setup into a rave club. Two riders get picked from the Open Sesh to attend.


The Korundi Cafe / Lobby


All-Day Expo

  • Products, Brands & More on display for the whole day

23:00–04:00 Arctic Weekend Afterparty – Sounds Like Kotibileet 

  • SLK has such a wide selection of moods that it sounds like you’re at a house party, but don’t be fooled, it’s definitely in a good way! A raging party is guaranteed. 

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All-Day Expo

Check out the new gear & products by the best brands in the snow business

SUNDAY

Sun 11:00– Sunday Brunch – Hostel Cafe Koti 

Of course you need a good old brunch to close down the weekend. And brunches don’t get much better than this.

  • Live music

  • Old Shred films

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