Beer floating

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Beer floating in 2007

Beer floating (Kaljakellunta in Finnish) is an open Finnish summer event. In the event, the participants literally float on the Kerava River or on the Vantaa River from Vantaa to a downstream riverside beach in Helsinki.[1] The participants use small rubber crafts while equipping usually nothing more than a paddle and loads of beer.[2] The event has no official organizers [3] but instead the date is decided on online social forums such as Facebook or IRC-Galleria. The Beer floating event is also organized in Oulu, where the participants float on the Oulu River.[4]

The Beer floating event has been organized annually since 1997. There were under 10 participants in the first event in 1997 but ever since the number of participants has grown every year. In 2011, around 5 000 people participated in the event.[5] The date of the Beer floating event has been varying but the most likely date is considered to be either the last weekend in July or the first weekend in August.

The event will be organized in Amsterdam for the first time in August 2015. [6]


  1. ^ Beer Floating Helsinki
  2. ^ Beer-floating mass event in Vantaa attracts thousands - and leaves an annoying mess behind it, 9 Aug 2010, referred on 30 Mar 2012
  3. ^ Pipsa Palttala: Keravanjoella kaljakelluttiin hauskanpidon merkeissä, 2 Aug 2008, referred on 30 Mar 2012
  4. ^ Ville Koivuniemi: Kaljakellujat täyttivät Oulujoen, 3 Jul 2010, referred on 30 Mar 2012
  5. ^ Kaljakellunta saanut jopa 5000 ihmistä veteen Vantaalla, 30 Jul 2011, referred on 30 Mar 2012
  6. ^ Facebooker wil Fins evenement Beer Floating naar Amsterdam halen RTVNH, 07 July 2015, referred on 8 July 2015

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