INFO

On this page you will find all information about the festival and its policies as well as all practical info about the area, services and getting around.

We expect all our guests to honour their fellow festival-goers to create a welcoming, accepting and appreciating atmosphere.

If you wish to download our info package for offline use, click here.

FESTIVAL SITE & ACCESSIBILITY

The festival is held on top of a fell called Rukatunturi, 490m above sea level, and it is a part of Ruka Ski Resort. The area is rocky, at times challenging to travel and has level changes. For this reason, all of it is not wheelchair accessible. If you wish to enter with a wheelchair, please let us know beforehand.

GETTING AROUND

You can get around Ruka by foot. Distances can be rather long, the terrain can be advanced and the steepness may surprise you at times, but it's still the best way to get around. Just remember to reserve enough time :-)

The Ski lift helps you get up (and down). All three day tickets include a ski lift ticket. Village Express takes you directly to the festival site.

Ski Lifts are open daily from 10:00 to 20:00.

Ruka's taxi services are convenient for longer distances.

Electric mountain bikes are also a handy and a fun way to move around the area. You can rent them from Ruka Bikes.

DRINKS & FOOD ON SITE

We offer high quality drinks from local beers to natural wines and cocktails at the festival site. There are a few bars, which also offer small snacks to keep you going.

Bringing your own drinks or food to the festival site isn't allowed, but you can bring a non-deposit water bottle and small snacks.

All canned drinks and bottles sold inside the festival area include a 1€ deposit which is refundable upon return. We strongly encourage you to return them.

RESTAURANTS

From RukaVillage and RukaValley, you'll find plenty of restaurants offering a vast variety of dishes focusing on local cuisine and ingredients and a lot of vegetarian and vegan options.

Opening hours for restaurants:

Pizzeria Ruka: Mon - Sun 11 - 23

Rukan Kuksa: Thu 14 - 21

Hanki Baari: Thu - Sat 12 - 23

RUOK Burger: Wed - Thu 12 - 18
Fri - Sat 12 - 21

Kotipizza: Mon - Sun 10:30 - 21

Subway: Mon - Sun 11 - 18

More info and full list of restaurants here.

SERVICES

ATM

There is an ATM located in Ruka Village, at Kumpare shopping centre (outside). Accepted forms of payment on the festival site are cash, credit and bank cards.

Pharmacy

Ruka Info (at Shopping Centre Kumpare) has a Kuusamo Central Pharmacy service point where you can buy the most common self-care medicines and bandages. Ruka Info is open daily 10 - 17.

Grocery Stores

In Ruka Village, the closest grocery shop, K-Market, is in Shopping Centre Kumpare. More shopping opportunities are available at Rukan Portti, where you can find Sale Ruka and Alko.

Opening hours:

K-Market Ruka Village:
Mon - Sat 10 - 20
Sun 12 - 15

Sale Ruka:
Mon - Sat 08 - 21
Sun 10 - 21

Alko Ruka:
Mon - Wed 10 - 18
Thu 09 - 21
Fri 09 - 12
Sat closed
Sun closed

TRASH

It’s very important that you leave no trace behind, meaning no cigarette butts, no glitter, no confetti, no packaging, no other trash, cans or bottles. We encourage everyone to pick up litter as they go.

All cans and bottles have a 1€ deposit which you'll get back or can use at any of the bars.

DONT BE STUPID

We expect all our guests to honour their fellow festival-goers to create a welcoming, accepting and appreciating atmosphere.

There's zero tolerance for harassment, disruptive, and generally unwanted behaviour at the festival. If you witness any, please report to security or a staff member. Remember to take care of each other.

Illegal substances are not allowed at the festival. Everyone is subject to a security check at the gate.

CLOTHING & GEAR

Bring plenty of warm clothes and layers as Finnish summer weather can be unpredictable. It's highly recommended to bring with you a wind- and waterproof jacket and pants, as well as suitable shoes for challenging terrain.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Drinks of any kind

  • Illicit substances

  • Pets or other animals

  • Umbrellas

  • SLR cameras, Tripods, Selfie sticks, GoPro sticks and other camera sticks

  • Deposit bottles

  • Weapons of any kind, firearms, drugs/narcotics, alcohol and any other illegal items

  • Aerosol sprays (hairspray, deodorant, paint etc.)

  • Thermacell mosquito repellents (all normal non-aerosol mosquito sprays are okay - let's not kill our friends in the ecosystem)

  • Any portable chairs

FIRST AID

First aid is located near the lower main entrance (MastonAitio side). Emergency number is 112. Please contact staff if you see a case of emergency.

SUSTAINABILITY

At Solstice, sustainability and ecological production on all fronts are core values. Please do your part by recycling waste, turning the lights off when you can, by not taking long showers and saunas, and considering travel and meal options.

FAQ Open all

  • What is the age limit?

    • 18 years. Identification required.

  • How do I get to Solstice 2023?

    • Ruka Ski Resort is located in Kuusamo. The easiest way to get there is by bus. We sell bus tickets from Helsinki to Ruka and back, which will be available around Feb.

    • The nearest airport is Kuusamo Airport. You can also fly to Oulu Airport and take a bus to Kuusamo. Bus tickets for Oulu-Kuusamo available at www.matkahuolto.fi.

  • Where can I book an accommodation?

  • Where can I buy a ticket to the festival?

  • The accommodation ticket is for four nights but I can't stay that many / I want to stay longer.

    • You can arrive later or leave earlier within the booking period. If you wish to extend your stay past four days, please contact [email protected]

  • Is there a camping site?

    • There is no camping on the festival site or organised by the festival. However, the nearest tent camping possibilty can be found at Valtavaara. More information on that here. Should you decide to camp, be sure to pay extra attention on leaving no trace behind and being respectful to the land and the people around.

  • Is there fresh drinkable water on site?

    • Yes inside the festival area. You can bring an empty bottle to fill it up. We also sell spring water bottles on site.

  • Is there a guarded place to leave my belongings on the festival site?

    • No. We recommend leaving your valuables at your accommodation.

  • Can I bring food?

    • You can bring small snacks (nuts, cookies, bananas etc.)

  • Is there an ATM on site and what forms of payment are accepted?

    • There is one located in Ruka Village, 1 km from the festival site. Accepted forms of payment on site are cash, credit and bank cards.

  • How do I move around Ruka and the festival site?

    • Mainly by foot and ski lifts. The ski lift takes you easily from RukaVillage to the festival area and back. There’s a local cab service as well, which makes it easy to get around. Electric mountain bikes are also very handy in the area. You can rent them from Ruka Bikes.

  • Can I drive there?

  • Can I return or change my ticket?

    • All tickets are non-refundable and unexchangeable unless the event is cancelled.

  • Can I bring my medicine?

    • Yes but please contact us beforehand at hello(at)solsticefestival.fi

  • Can I take photos or film at the festival?

    • Yes, but keep in mind your fellow festival attendees. Don’t film other people without their permission and please don’t film or take photos on the dancefloors. Professional SLR cameras, selfie sticks, drones or tripods are forbidden.

  • Media accreditation?

    • For press inquiries, please get in touch by 1st April at hello(at)solsticefestival.fi

  • Sustainability?

    • Solstice aims for zero waste and minimal environmental impact, and is implementing its circular economy system in all aspects of its production. Solstice collaborates closely with Ruka Kuusamo’s sustainability program, as well as ‘The Most Sustainable European Capital of Culture’ program with Oulu.

      Solstice Festival adheres to green values and works in accordance to Ruka’s environmental plan to ensure a carbon neutral festival. All of the electricity used will be generated through wind and water power. Waste will be recycled back into energy and raw materials to be used in our art installations. Read more about Ruka’s environmental plan at www.ruka.fi/en/environment.

QUESTIONS, PARTNERS & MEDIA ACCREDITATION

If you have questions about the festival or you wish to partner with Solstice Festival you can send an email to hello(at)solsticefestival.fi

If you have press inquiries please get in touch by 1st April at hello(at)solsticefestival.fi