Taking place on the wild beaches of Sandhornoya, a remote island in the North of Norway surrounded by high mountains and the turquoise ocean, the inaugural SALT Festival presents a continuous arts diary for a full year, offering a series of cultural experiences in this astonishing landscape.


Encompassing art, music, architecture and food, the festival follows the traditional nomadic practices, working with the rhythm of the seasons and making little mark on the landscape.

SALT’s co-founders, Erlend Mogard-Larsen and curator Helga-Marie Nordby, spent two years exploring Norway’s northern regions before they found their perfect spot. The journey, says Larsen, is key to the experience. “Visitors can arrive by boat as we did, or along the mountain road from the town of Bodo, 90 minutes away, crossing over Saltstraumen, the worlds strongest tidal current.  Arriving by boat is very special indeed, the 2km long beach, once deserted, stretches wide with festival goers, the vertical structures stand tall against the black wall of the mountain.”

Sami Rinalta of Rinalta Eggertsson created the Festival’s striking architectural structures, which are based on the ancient fish drying racks, once used to dry cod.  Visitors move between these ‘Archtic pyramids’ where they can experience film, music concerts, local seasonal food and beer, and the world’s largest sauna. Joar Nago, a local Sami artist and architect, has designed seven tent like structures for visitors to stay in. Based on Sami architectural practises, each ‘Njalla’, has a glass roof and is built on wood skis, to allow the inhabitant to pull their lodging around the beach and find the perfect spot in which to experience the midnight sun or northern lights.

Open 5 days a week until 6 September 2015. SALT will then travel to other destinations including Greenland, Iceland, Scotland and Alaska.

For more info go to www.salted.no

See the wonderful images from Salt in our picture gallery below.

The structure is based on traditional fish drying racks, a nod to the area’s first dominant industry - exporting dried, salted cod.
Gildehallen. Photo Gunnar Holmstad
What is claimed to be the world’s biggest sauna, to seat 110-120 festival goers. Photo: Gunnar Holmstad
International architecture students were invited to design and build wood structures from locally sourced pine, that form lookouts and viewpoints along the beach. Photo: Gunnar Holmstad
Photo: Gunnar Holmstad
Photo: Marte Antonsen
Artist and architect Joar Nago, has built a number of shelters for visitors to stay in, based on traditional Sami storage houses called njalla. These are kitted out with two beds, with reindeer skins for mattresses, a wood burner and a glass ceiling. Photo: Marte Antonsen
Photo: Marte Antonsen
Bonfire. Photo: Gunnar Holmstad
Photo: Gunnar Holmstad
Photo: Marte Antonsen
Photo: Marte Antonsen

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