Recently I asked a Finnish friend what’s the one event in Finland I should attend this year thats not to be missed, her instant reply was Kaljakellunta Beer Floating festival in Vantaa.
Without even a flinch, in a matter of seconds she had instantly calculated and matched me up to an event.
To be fair, she did judge me pretty well.
I do enjoy a beer and I do love Finland.
However, I’m not sure combining all of them together and adding a water sport element to the picture is a good idea at all.
She explained that Kaljakellunta is an event in Vantaa, Finland where you turn up on the day with a rubber blow up boat, a crate of beer and see what happens.
What could possibly go wrong? Where do I sign?
Instantly I had flashbacks of Kings day in Holland, where all the canals are full of beer boats and boom boxes as we celebrate the night away.
Or the time I somehow ended up in Laos in a Canoe paddling past drunk backpackers in blow up tubes.
I get the idea of floating devices and beer, but why in Finland?
Well, why not! Why should all the other countries have fun. Finland can have fun too!
Good for Finland coming up with another pointless event for the fun of it.
Why does this Finland create such a high number of outlandish events?
Finland has been already home to a number of crazy events such as:
– Wife carrying world championships.
– World cell phone throwing championships.
– How long can you stay in a Sauna.
– Air guitar world championships.
– World cup in snow shoe, football.
Seriously! You can’t make this stuff up. Finland is obsessed with hosting crazy events and I’m all for it.
Why be like everyone else? Live a little and become a champion in a pointless field.
Many of the above events no longer exist, which is funny.
I have a funny feeling that the Kaljakellunta Beer Floating festival in Vantaa is going to stick around for good. It’s been going strong since 1997!
The only thing I’m wondering is, I hope they have a good kaljakellunta Beer Floating festival startup story.
I really hope that Kaljakellunta was not invented because a Finn was in a total Kalsarikännit mood drinking alone in his underwear one evening and he decided to sail away in a rubber boat to Estonia to buy more cheap beer but then he discovered others doing the same and kaljakellunta was born!
That’s my fan theory!
I Hope the Kaljakellunta Beer Floating festival has the same kind of epic legendary story to it and I’m looking forward to finding out!
I’m happy to confirm that I will be attending in 2016! I have my boat and beer ready and happy to represent the United Kingdom at Kaljakellunta 2016.
And no Finland! That is not an invitation to a drinking competition.
I know you will win and then win some more and I’m happy for you to go ahead with that.
My student days are over and my kidney has fully recovered back to normal form. I’d like to keep it that way. Kiitos for the offer though.
Stay safe Finland! And I will see you at Kaljakellunta Beer Floating festival 2016!
Ah yer, oops! I’m a travel blogger and I should add some useful, informative information for the event to help the reader so at least they have some take away info from this post.
Here we go then (Because I’m nice):
how to get to kaljakellunta Beer Floating festival in Vantaa Helsinki Finland
You have many options.
For €5.50 from Helsinki you can get to Vantaa by public transport it takes around 20-30 minutes to complete the journey.
Simply grab the local Helsinki commuter trains, Either line R or Z from Helsinki central train station and look out for the one going to Vantaa.
This is why I would advise staying in Helsinki, which might be a bit easier for internationals as public transport is easy to access and you have more accommodation choice in Helsinki.
Apparently last year UBER from Helsinki was the best way to go about it.
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Where does the kaljakellunta Beer Floating festival start?
Tikkurila in Vantaa (behind Heureka Science Center), or possibly from Tammisto in Vantaa. Basically, in Vantaa and on the day you will discover which starting place will be the place. It’s still not decided due to water levels.
In my opinion? Follow the crowd.
So basically just get to Vaanta. Sorted!
the date for Kaljakellunta Beer Floating festival in Vantaa Helsinki Finland
Book it, seal it, deal it! See you in Vaanta.
Does Kaljakellunta Beer Floating festival in Vantaa Helsinki, Finland have an After party?
They had one last year, I’m sure they will have another one. I’ll update more information when it’s announced, so keep a look out!
It went on until 4am last year at a local bar, that’s pretty Cray Cray! Those crazy Finns!
But Dave, what boat do you recommend buying?
Good question. Thank you for asking.
From my experience of beer and floating the INTEX Explorer Pro 200. has never let me down.
It’s a solid buy and investment that won’t break the bank.
I would also recommend this captain hat, the both items go hand in hand together for Kaljakellunta.
Plus A Travel Dave, Travel Tip. Do buy a dry waterproof bag! It will save you from getting the important stuff wet, a solid investment.
All three items are affiliate links from Amazon UK. Can ship all three items to Finland, I’ve done this on multiple occasions.
Can even post to a hotel address so it has arrived already for you when you reach Finland. It would be tough to beat these prices in Finland might be best to order in advance.
See you soon kaljakellunta Beer Floating festival!
Super excited to be attending this crazy Finnish event and can’t wait to visit Vantaa at the end of July (Never thought I’d say those words).
Until then, happy travels and drink responsibly.
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