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International Air Guitars rock out when Air Guitar World Championships takes place in Oulu once more at the end of August! Apart from the world’s best air guitarist being chosen in the Grand Final on Friday of the event week, Air Guitar World Championships offer people airy activities for several days when this international event takes over Oulu, the World Capital of Air Guitar. Make Air Not War!
The airiest rock event of the year kicks officially off on Wednesday. The event reaches its climax on Friday when the best air guitarists in the world will challenge each other in the World Final. To honour the peaceful ideology of Air Guitar, all things bad and nasty in the world are exorcised from our earthly airspace with declaring the Air Guitar Peace, which will spread our love all over the world. Join the Party!
Tuesday: Oulu by midnight sun canoeing
Arrival in Oulu according to your flight/train schedule. Check in to your hotel. Meeting your guide at the “Toripolliisi” at Oulu market place, short walk over to the river shore and to the canoes. This night-time canoeing trip will give you an opportunity to get to know the city of Oulu and the river Oulujoki delta seen from the water. Along the canoeing route, you will see a number of interesting sights and may be surprised by the wonders of wilderness and how near the city they actually are.
Walk over to the hotel or enjoying the stunning atmosphere of the Oulu market place and its many bars.
Wednesday: Breakfast at the hotel. Wednesday is the opening day for the long Air Guitar weekend with the official opening program in the afternoon and a great Airientation Party in the evening! Airientation party is traditionally inside party for the participants. As Go Arctic! Air Guitar Tourist you get to join the party and enjoy the international atmosphere with the best Air guitarists of the world. Evening includes good food and traditional Finnish sauna of course!
Thursday: Breakfast at the hotel. Leisure time and fabulous Oulu sightseeing.
In the evening the Dark Horse Qualification Round will be held at 45 Special, the legendary rock club situated in the middle of Oulu city. Your party pass includes the ticket and no queuing - straight through to the party. The four best players will be granted a position for the Fridays finals.
Friday: Guided walking tour – stories behind the greatness of Oulu
Get to know the city and it’s history in fun way. Our professional guide will tell you the facts about Oulu and fun stories from the past. Something old, something new, a little bit of blue. A walk of an hour and a half - two hours takes you from the old monumental centre to the new one. The guide will tell you about the persons and events of the past, show you where the long narrow boats full of tar barrels landed and lead you to the old storehouses and to the market hall guarded by the statue of a policeman. You will be revealed the humorous stories behind this figure loved by everyone.
The Final Friday starts with the Declaration of AGWC Peace and the AGWC Parade for world peace. After the Peace declaration the parade goes through town.
In the evening enjoying the Air Guitar World Championships finals from a VIP-Area. VIP-Service includes party food and snacks and the best spots to enjoy the nights show!
The spectacular Grand Final of AGWC in the city center. The evening gathers together the best of the best air guitarists from all over the world plus the victorious black horses. Only one can win and take home the first prize! It's a guaranteed rocking experience with or without guitars!
Saturday: Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.
Saturday: Train/bus transfer from Oulu to Rovaniemi (tickets not included in the package). Check into your hotel. Leisure time.
Sunday: Santa Claus Safari.
We welcome you to come and experience the most important elements of the magical ambience of Lapland! Your adventure begins with a refreshing cruise on a traditional riverboat along the Kemijoki and Ounasjoki rivers.A visit to the home of Lappish family and their workshop is the first stop on our cruise. After this, the riverboat will take you to a localreindeer farm, where you can learn about the Lappish culture and reindeer rearing. Enjoy a delicious Lappish lunch and participate in a ceremonial crossing of the Arctic Circle during your visit to the farm. In the afternoon the tour continues by car to the Santa Claus Village for a meeting with Mr. Claus himself. After which you have a chance to do some shopping before returning to the city. Leisure time.
Monday: Breakfast at the hotel. Check out. Train or flight out from Rovaniemi or Oulu.
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The city of Oulu is located at the western coast of Finland. As the fifth largest city in Finland, Oulu offers its visitors plenty of tourist attractions and activities all year round.
Oulu region is the biggest urban centre in Northern Scandinavia with 250.000 citizens. Oulu is very easy to access from any part of the world – there are numerous daily fights and just an hour’s flight from Helsinki and Stockholm.
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