Nope – that isn't a Highland Games in the best weather Stornoway has ever seen. It's the world's northernmost Highland Games in a tiny Arctic village called Snefjord in Finnmark which has been holding the event since 2006. Just like classic Highland Games in Scotland the Snefjord event has become a part of local tradition and involves feats of strength and agility from heavyweights around Europe.
It's all the product of friendships and coincidences – but it is a serious professional Games. Snefjord (pop 50 people plus 5000 reindeer in summer) do all the classic heavyweight events including tossing the caber and have become one of few Highland Games across Europe whose winners advance to the most important trophies and competitions. They have some unusual features – instead of Highland dancing they have Sami dancing. And because of the endless daylight at this time of year they have a Midnight start to their "weight over the bar" event.
Anyway Snefjord are looking for heavyweight competitors and some pipers willing to tour neighbouring villages between July 13-17th to drum up trade.
I'm going to cover the event – it sounds absolutely barking but fun. If any heavyweight competitors or pipers are free (and I know it's a busy time to be away in the Arctic) contact Snefjord organiser Trond Egil Nilsen [firstname.lastname@example.org] and check out the website www.circussnefjord889.com