Practical info

Karlsøya is a beautiful and lush island in North Troms, which offers fantastic nature experiences and adventures. Considering that the island is located exactly 70 degrees north, you may want to plan the trip a little in advance. Here are some tips on how to live a comfortable festival experience on Karlsøya.

Participant Passports / Tickets

Everyone must buy a participant's passport to be a participant in the festival. The pass costs NOK 600 throughout the festival and includes simple breakfast and dinner as long as you are on the island. This means that you can come the Saturday before the festival week and stay until Tuesday the following week. You can buy a participant passport on our website (link) or at the entrance when you come to the island. When you buy a passport, you must register contact information and what you want to contribute at the festival.

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Transport / Travel

Karlsøya is located in Karlsøy municipality, a good hour's car / bus ride north of Tromsø. The easiest way is to take the scheduled bus (weekdays) from Tromsø at 16.35 which corresponds with the ferry at 18.20. On weekdays you can take the ferry 07.20, which corresponds by bus to Tromsø and the airport. 


There is free camping on the island so now you have the opportunity to combine fantastic nature experiences with festival life. We also have an "official" festival camp in addition to a child-friendly and drug-free family camp. It is possible to bring a motorhome, but we would recommend leaving the car on Hansnes ferry quay and bring a tent and backpack on the ferry.

Karlsøty Festival's Handbook v8.1

Check out the Karlsøy Festival's most important work tool, the Handbook

Now there are only three short months left until we gather in creative interaction at Karlsøy in Troms! 

The festival association has come to life, the program is on its way to the public and this year's poster is about to be completed. This year, as last year, the festival is organized as a joint venture, where the currency is time, desire, interest and effort. The reward comes in the form of mastery, social interaction, belonging, identity and, not least, quantities of rich art, music, food and other cultural expressions in the world's most beautiful nature.