Wardruna

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Experience ancient Viking mysticism in the darkening late summer night. The phenomenally popular Wardruna from Norway creates new music from age-old Norse elements. The group’s ambient-style concerts are renowned for their ritualistic and mesmerising atmospheres.


Along with traditional Scandinavian drums, harps and wind instruments, the rich soundscape includes whispering voices, melodic vocals and mighty choral singing. Historic Norse instruments are complemented by the natural sounds of trees, stones, fire and water. Song lyrics, written in old Viking languages, are based on mythology and runes.


Wardruna has published four albums and has topped the Billboard chart for world music. The group’s fame has been further enhanced by having its compositions featured in the popular History Channel’s series Vikings.

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Olavinlinna Castle

​The Savonlinna Opera Festival performances are held in two locations. Main location is Olavinlinna Castle.

 

Olavinlinna (Swedish: Olofsborg; literally St. Olaf's Castle) is a 15th-century three-tower castle located in Savonlinna, Finland. It is the northern most medieval stone fortress still standing.

The castle is built on an island in the Kyrönsalmi strait that connects the lakes Haukivesi and Pihlajavesi.

 

Transport to Olavinlinna

Transport to the opera performances and concerts is provided (for a charge) from the main Savonlinna hotels to the Castle and back.
 
Route/timetable
 
18.00 Malakias Summer Hotel (Hernemäki) 
18.10 Tott Hotel 
18.15 Seurahuone Hotel 
18.20 Spa Hotel Casino and Vuorilinna 
18.25 Pietari Kylliäinen Hotel 
18.30 Olavinlinna Castle, Linnankatu stop.

The return journey leaves the stop on Linnankatu for charter buses near the Castle 15 minutes after the end of the performance. 

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