The 29th Midnight Sun Film Festival held in Sodankylä, Lapland, wrapped up Sunday. 25,000 visitors flocked to see films in the northern cult festival.

KAUTOKEINO: Even though the Kildin Sámi language is at risk of dying out, the culture and traditions can be saved through music.

When Bjørne Kvernmo docked his ship, “Havsel,” at the port in Tromsø this month, he knew it would be the end of a tradition he’s kept up for 40 years. With his return, northern Norway’s long-standing seal hunt had finally come to a close. 

A remote Norwegian island is nearly ready to start producing the first-ever batch of Arctic whiskey, an expression, they are sure will be a hit on the market.

Oleg Birlinskiy knows he took a risk.  

Photo: Destination Tromsø

It will be the first ever Chess Olympiad in the Barents Region.

The Kola Peninsula

For a three month test period there will be weekly radio broadcastings in kildin sami language for all radio listeners in Murmansk Oblast.

The Norwegian team won this year’s Barents Sports Festival in swimming by two small points. Nearly 50 swimmers from Russia, Finland and Norway gathered in Finnmark this weekend.

Poets from China, Iceland and Sápmi gathered at the Russia-Norwegian border to cross the Cultural Boundaries and share their passion for poems.

Russian protest art from the 70’s to today will be displayed in an old former military building in Boden, northern Sweden, this summer.

The first video game conceived and produced by an indigenous organization is drawing eyes in an industry mired in bitter disputes over issues of representation.

Tromsø International Film Festival tours Russia with a unique concert production of the 1927 Soviet silent film Bed and Sofa.

Natural gas is not only of high importance for the Russian economy, but also for Russia’s cultural life as the Shtokman field in the Barents Sea gets its own symphony.

The Solovetskii monastery (

-The projected 100 meter high statue of Christ will ruin the landscape of the Solovki archipelago, director of the local museum says. Famous Russian architect Zurab Tsereteli still wants his monumental work to be placed on the far northern island.

Two years ago his mother, Queen Sonja of Norway, attended the festival. In February 2013 the Crown Prince of Norway will have the same pleasure to visit the border town of Kirkenes during the spektakular days.