- Rock, Beer & Seafood in the Arctic
- We simply love beer
- All-local seafood
- The most unique festival area in the world
- Bukta = A unique festival experience
- How to get to Tromsø?
- How to get to the festival?
- Where to stay?
- Official Travel Guide to Tromsø
- Tromsø on Tripadvisor
- This is what Lonely Planet has to say about Tromsø
- Age limit
- Festival Wristband
- Need help?
Bukta is an annual boutique rock festival, which takes place in the arctic city of Tromsø in Northern Norway in July. For fifteen years we have been committed to deliver a unique festival experience with rock music, beer and seafood as our profile. We want to present what we think is the best live acts rock music has to offer, at the same time as we explore the width of the genre – past, present and future. Over the years we’ve had some of the greatest rock artists in the world play our stages, and our programming has consistently had an exciting combination of important international and Norwegian rock bands as well as great up-and-coming bands from the incredibly rich Northern Norwegian rock scene.
What would rock music be without beer? At the festival we’re showcasing the incredible assortment of our amazing local brewery Mack – the northernmost brewery in the world – and one of the few remaining independent and family owned breweries in Norway. Each year we make a unique craft beer together with the Mack Microbrewery – sold exclusively at the festival, last year we made an amazing Witbier – for this year we haven’t decided yet, so please feel free to let us know what your favourite beer is.
We probably have the best festival kitchen in the world! Together with our esteemed food partners Mathallen & Scandic we take pride in offering an all-local menu inspired by our arctic traditions and cultural heritage. The seafood comes from the ice cold oceans outside Tromsø and the festival cuisine consists of tasty and fresh bistro style dishes like Fish and Chips of Pollock, Matured Cod & Craft Bacon, Whale Steak Burger, Halibut, Shrimp Soup, Bolinhos de Bacalhau, Poke Salad, Mussels, Varieties of Herring and Sashimi of Aurora Salmon– just to name a few of our classics. The culinary aspect of the festival is very important to us, and we constantly work on developing new and exciting dishes to excite our seafood loving audience. While you’re trying to figure out what to eat next – you can snack and nibble on fish cakes or stockfish while you wait.
The festival is situated in the unique location of Telegrafbukta, the most beautiful festival site in the world. The main stage is placed on a picturesque beach, surrounded by forest, with the Arctic Ocean and snow-capped mountains as a stunning backdrop to the magic that happens on the stages.
Our aim is to provide a unique festival experience – unparalleled to anything else in the world – and we strive to keep our audience coming back. We have rock, seafood and beer of the highest quality, served in beautiful surroundings, with an amazing festival atmosphere, at a comfortable site with a friendly and service minded staff to help you relax and experience the best the Arctic has to offer. We might not be the biggest festival in the world – but we want to be the best!
Come to Bukta for a unique and spectacular festival experience. Not only will you have a great time – you will probably come back next year. Boom!
3 days – 3 stages – 33 acts – no bullshit!
Tromsø has an airport located 10 minutes from the festival area. You can either fly to Oslo for a connecting flight to Tromsø – or you can fly directly from Luleå, Frankfurt, Stockholm or Alicante. Some say the airport has the most spectacular landing approach in the world.
Book your flights here:
Arctic Airlink: www.arcticairlink.no (from Oulo or Lulelå)
The festival is located on the south tip of the Tromsøya Island, and the festival area is a good 20-minute walk from the city centre of Tromsø. You can also get there by taxi or bus. During the festival there are frequent bus departures from downtown Tromsø.
There are a lot of great hotels in Tromsø in all prize ranges. We recommend staying at our main hotel partner Scandic Ishavshotel. Not only is the hotel really nice, and rated as the best hotel in the city, they are also super friendly people – and their breakfast is beyond amazing (really).
Book a room at Scandic Ishavshotel today.
The great people at the local Tourism Office has made an Official Travel Guide to Tromsø. It’s pretty good and covers everything the region has to offer.
Check it out here.
There is a lot of exciting stuff happening in Tromsø, great restaurants and incredible sights to see.
Check out what people think on Tripadvisor.
Located 400 km north of the Arctic Circle at 69˚N, the small town of Tromsø bills itself as Norway’s gateway to the Arctic, and there’s definitely more than a hint of polar atmosphere around town. Surrounded by chilly fjords and craggy peaks that remain snowcapped for much of the year, Tromsø sits on the eastern edge of Tromsøya, and is linked to the mainland by a gracefully arched bridge.
In previous centuries, the town was a centre for seal hunting, trapping and fishing, and was later a launch pad for several important Arctic expeditions, including some led by Roald Amundsen. These days it’s best known as one of the better places in the north of the country to spot the Northern Lights in the winter and the Midnight Sun in the summer.
It’s also a notoriously lively city, with a large university, a happening cultural calendar and an animated nightlife. Tromsø prides itself on having more pubs per capita than any other Norwegian town.
More from Lonely Planet here.
Please be advised that there is an 18-year age limit at the evening events of the Bukta Festival. This is an absolute limit and we do not allow anyone under the age of 18 to enter the festival area. At “Bukta for alle”, on Saturday afternoon, there is free entry and free age limit.
To enter the festival area you must have a festival wristband. This is provided at the entrance to the festival area in Telegrafbukta by showing a valid ticket.
You can also swap a ticket in wristband at the Bukta Festival stand at Nerstranda shopping mall before the festival.
Healthcare professionals can register in the tent labeled “Accreditation” at the entrance area, and register to receive day wristband instead of festival 3-day wristband so that they can comply with the uniform regulations in the workplace.
The view is good and we have our own wheelchair ramp in front of the main scene. It may be a bit difficult for wheelchair users to move around the festival area due to the terrain, so we recommend wheelchair users to accompany their companions. There is a toilet for disabled people in the festival area. We can also be of assistance if needed.
Municipal attestation is accepted if the guest has a festival pass / day pass. In case of special needs regarding companions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org in advance.
You can pay with credit card, debit card and cash at the festival.
There is no parking at the festival area. We therefore encourage and recommend everyone to take advantage of the extended bus service, ride a bike or walt to Telegrafbukta.
The local bus company Troms fylkestrafikk has extra departures to Telegrafbukta from the city center (Route 33 from Sjøgata) during the festival. The bus will run continuously between Telegrafbukta and the city centre after the end of the concert. The buses run from 10:30 pm on Thursday evening and 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday.
Taxis and private cars who bring people to the festival are advised to stop at the intersection Mellomveien / Krognessveien (below Tromsø Museum) to avoid gridlock at the festival area. There will be limited traffic on parts of Kvaløyveien on the upper side of Telegrafbukta.
If you need help or have any questions about the festival or how to get here, don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com. We’re always glad to help you out. You can even call our festival manager directly at + 47 950 58 368 and he’ll assist you with whatever.