Festivals in and around Jotunheimen National Park

Norway is in many ways a country of extremes, so it’s perhaps not a coincidence that some of the genres that have thrived here for decades are black metal and jazz (or even black jazz …). Black metal can be experienced in Norway during the Inferno festival, held every easter in Oslo. Jazz festivals can be found in places such as Molde, Kongsberg, Haugesund, Oslo, Beitostølen and Lillehammer. And speaking of extremes, the International extreme sports competition in Voss usually has a few memorable concerts every year. Jotunheimen National park has no exception, great Festivals like Vinjerock, Trollrock, The Nordic Mountain Film Festival and Jotunheimen Fjellfestival.

Food, and especially local food, is more and more important to Norwegians, and in the last few years a number of new food festivals have popped up across the country. It’s perhaps unfair to mention only one, but the Rakfisk festival in Fagernes (Rakfisk is rine-cured fish – trout, sometimes char – that has been salted and left to ferment in brine for two to three months) is an event you should not miss if you are in the area. Source: VisitNorway

Norwegians are a music-loving people, and all over the country artists, promoters, venues and enthusiasts come together to provide a rich offering of concerts – from massive stadium rock shows down to tiny and intimate performances.

Where to find us

Peer Gynt Highlights

By: Peer Gynt

Valdresvegen 13
2900 Fagernes
+47 61 35 94 23)

Norsk Rakfiskfestival

One way to ease the transition from early autumn to cold winter is simply to bring out our best food and beverages, and have a jolly good time! The Norwegian Rakfisk Festival is the biggest festival in the region and one of the most unique and popular food festivals in the country! Celebrating Norwegian food traditions, especially «rakfisk”, it attracts between 30-40 00 people to Fagernes every year! Here you can sample and buy products from award winning producers, enjoy live music and dancing until the early mornings.

Picture: Cathrine Dokken

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Hemsing Festival

The Hemsing Festival takes place annually in Aurdal – a small village in the mountains of Valdres, with around 700 inhabitants and great cultural traditions. This is a place where both Edvard Grieg and Knut Hamsun, amongst others, got their inspiration from the beautiful nature, and Frydenlund Skysstasjon was for many years an important meeting place for artists from all over the country.

The musical sisters Ragnhild and Eldbjørg Hemsing grew up in this village, and were both introduced to classical and folk music at an early age. Today, they are both internationally renowned artists, who consider the whole world as their workspace. The sisters view the communication of the magical power and depth of music to an audience to be one of the greatest pleasures of performing arts. This is what inspired them to establish their own international chamber music festival in the village where they grew up. Their wish is to transfer some of their own expertise back to this community, and with that, see how music can affect the community, and create an identity and a sense of belonging.

Intimate encounters with great music!

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Stiftelsen Fjellkultur

+47 97 01 42 28)


The Mountain Film Festival in Gjendesheim is organized by the Foundation Mountain Culture, created by publisher Free Flow AS and DNT. The foundation will promote film and cultural expressions related to nature. It wants to contribute to increased quality in width in the dissemination of film and culture related to outdoor activities and inspire active use of nature and to promote conservation and safe travel in the mountains. East Jotunheimen is rich in history and offers a dream destination you did not know it existed. The program will still be packed with quality films you do not get seen elsewhere, all in a unique setting among Norway’s nicest hosts, Marius Haugaløkken and Anne Taagvold on Gjendesheim cabin.
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Nord-Aurdal kommune, PB 143
2901 Fagernes
+47 61 35 90 00)

Valdres Sommersymfoni

The Valdres Summer Courses is a classical music festival for young musicians. During these 8 days, there will be more than 30 concerts throughout Valdres starring young talents, the stars of tomorrow and professional musicians. Sonoko Miriam Shimano Welde (fiolin) is this year’s ambassador for «Playing for a Future» and she will perform during the festival. Picture: sommersymfoni.no
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Peer Gynt Huset, Toksevegen 14
2640 Vinstra
+47 81 53 31 33)

The Peer Gynt Festival

In the Gudbrandsdalen valley, one hour north of Lillehammer, Henrik Ibsen’s drama “Peer Gynt” is celebrated in one of Norway’s leading cultural festivals. Norwegian drama, music and nature comes together in the middle of Peer Gynt’s kingdom. The festival is a celebration of Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt” and the historical person Per Gynt, who lived in the Gudbrandsdalen valley in the 17th century. The tales about Per have been told through generations, and these, together with the nature and culture in the valley, is what inspired Henrik Ibsen to write the dramatic poem. The festival will give its guests a good insight into the Norwegian spirit; through nature, culture and traditions. Picture: peergynt.no

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2954 Beitostølen
www.trollrock.no (Norwegian only)

Trollrock Beitostølen

Welcome to the music festival, Trollrock! We are once again ready for a unique musical experience in Beitostølen. Top national and internatio­nal artists will take the stage. At Trollrock you will find comfortable accom­modation, unique activities, fantastic nature, the best selection of music, nice food and lots more.
Foto: Aud Eva Bergo
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Bygdin – Eidsbugarden
2985 Vang i Valdres
+47 97 10 99 03)


Vinjerock is named after the famous Norwegian journalist and writer Aasmund Olavsson Vinje. He was the first man to build a cabin at Eidsbugarden and was also the man who named the region of Jotunheimen. Every year in July, Vinjerock draws several thousand people up into the mountains, eager to spend four days at the shoreline of the Bygdin – Eidsbugarden. Photo: Hallgrim Rogn 
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