– 13.9.2018


As the summer draws to a close it’s time to look ahead to the fall term.

Vulcanalia, the University of Oulu’s unofficial opening party of the academic year, is the perfect event to help you ease into student life here in Oulu. It is also one of the few events of the year that brings together all of the University of Oulu’s diverse population of students and staff members.

An Oulu tradition, the first Vulcanalia event took place over two decades ago in 1995. The event’s long-standing success is due to its ability to bring together both the academic and social aspects of student life here in Oulu.

This year’s festivities will take place on Wednesday, the 12th of September, 2018.

The day opens with the Vulcanalia Student Fair. It is almost impossible to miss, as the event takes over most of the University’s Linnanmaa campus. The fair starts around 10:00 and will last until 14:00. 


The atmosphere at the Vulcanalia Fair is light and fun, with students eager to share their interests and learn more about all of the exciting opportunities Oulu has to offer. If you are up for a challenge, you can pick up a stamp pass from the OYY booth and try your hand at winning a coveted Vulcanalia overall patch, but you better move fast because supplies are limited!

After the Fair, the real party begins.

The Vulcanalia Festival starts around 20:00 of the same day (but make sure to come early if you want to skip the line) and will take place this year at Oulu Areena. The Oulu Areena is accessible by bus, bike, and on foot from the city center. We will also have Wesibussi available from the University but keep in mind spaces are limited.  More information about transportation will be posted on the Facebook page as it becomes available. 

There has been a lot of speculation about who this year’s Vulcanalia Festival artists may be, we will be dropping hints in the coming weeks and are planning a photo competition for early next week, which may lead to a special prize for one lucky participant!  

Artists will be announced on the 15th of August, and ticket sales begin a few days later on the 20th.

The Festival will run until just before midnight. After the Festival will be the official Vulcanalia After Party, hosted by our generous sponsor Ilona. Where the fun will continue until they kick us out.

The day is shaping up to be one to remember!

Festival 1

So, whether you are a new student looking to learn more about what the University has to offer, or a returning student looking to reconnect with old friends, make new friends, or explore new interests, Vulcanalia is the event for you!

To learn more and keep up to date on all the latest Vulcanalia news and events you can visit our Facebook page or send us an email at vulcanalia@nulloyy.fi.