I went to see Beer Floating last week, in the neighbour town.
Now, if you’re not familiar with this event, Beer Floating (Kaljakellunta in Finnish) means gently floating down a river while drinking beer.
Yes, it’s a real thing. We do it every year in Finland (since 1997, anyway). It’s not a festival, more of a flash mob type of thing, in the sense that a date is agreed on (on Facebook, in late July or early August) and anyone can just show up.
The idea is that you need an inflatable dinghy (or one of those inflatable swimming pools for children, or anything that is inflatable and floats) and some cold beer. Then you get to the river and join other people with similar gear and float down the river.
It’s not a contest, so you can take your time. The whole point is to chill, enjoy a nice summer day and good company, maybe make some friends. And, unlike most festivals involving Finns and alcohol, this is a rather sedate affair, meaning nobody gets hammered or drowns.
This was actually the first time I saw the event myself (no, I’ve never participated: can’t swim and don’t drink beer), and I wanted to show you some pictures of the somewhat innovative floating devices.
Unicorns were quite popular this year (I counted at least a dozen), as well as the square swimming pools. However, I also spotted a few hardcore sports dinghies, as well as some DIY contraptions.
Well, it’s anything goes, as long as it floats and can hold at least one person and his/her stash of beer…
Yes, I know what you’re thinking: Finns are crazy…
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