Sámi Siida – Márkanbáiki
Sámi Siida is an easily accessible, vibrant meeting place in Jukkasjärvi for visitors from near and far who want to engage their senses to experience Sápmi. Grazing reindeer at the banks of mighty River Torne, outdoor exhibitions covering nomadic and modern Sámi life, camp fires, local Sámi slow food, and arts and crafts. All this and more is found on the old Sámi market and assembly place that is origin for the village of Jukkasjärvi.
Sámi camp with reindeer and exhibitions
A Sámi camp is a temporary housing and workplace where one or more Sámi reindeer herding families tend to spend parts of the year. At Sámi Siida, which is a reconstructed Sámi camp, you learn about our history and traditions as a nomadic people. We will show you how we lived in the past and how we live today. Sámi Siida is an experience for young and old, where you can gain an insight into the life of one of the world’s indigenous people – the Sámi people. You can also meet our companions, the reindeer, and have the opportunity to get them really close in our corral. We will tell you about the reindeer, how they live, what they eat, and talk about the myths and magic that surround them. A slide show on contemporary reindeer herding is shown and you can try throwing the lasso at reindeer antlers.
Sámi cuisine in Café Sápmi
Inside the on-site’s giant lávvu-tent you can settle down, enjoy the open fire and savour traditional Sápmi slow food lunch prepared over the open flames. Reindeer meat is an essential part of Sámi cuisine that is about pure taste, quality and care for animals and nature. We claim to serve the world’s best suovas, i.e. traditionally lightly-salted, cold-smoked reindeer meat cut in slices. Drinking a cup of hot boiled coffee will be the icing on the cake. We serve suovas lunch between 11.30 and 14.30; and refreshments, coffee and cakes the whole day.
Sámi handicraft shop
The on-site shop features a crafts section where you can see our traditional craftsmanship, largely using materials like reindeer horn and leather. There is a range of traditional and modern local Sámi arts and crafts and souvenirs available for purchase.
Open: Monday to Friday, 11.00 – 15.00. 6 September – 27 October 2017. 30 Oct – 3 Nov closed due to staff training.
Admission fee: SEK 150 per person, SEK 120 per student (valid student ID), SEK 75 per child (3-12 years), free for children under age 3 in company with adults. Entrance tickets are bought in the handicraft shop (no entrance fee to shop and café).
Reindeer feeding: Join our reindeer feeding 15.00 – 15.20. Only for visitors with valid entrance ticket.
Address: Marknadsvägen 2 in SE-981 91 Jukkasjärvi. Next to Jukkasjärvi church, and 900 m from Icehotel. 15 km from Kiruna Airport and 20 km from central Kiruna. Local bus #501.
Group arrangements: For groups we can also offer guided tours to our Sámi camp and to the reindeer, lunch, dinner etc. upon request. Contact us for more information via phone +46 (0)980 213 29 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.