This year’s Kiruna Lappland Award will be given to Nils Torbjörn Nutti, Nutti Sámi Siida in Jukkasjärvi. The award will be presented at tonight’s Kiruna Gala in the Kiruna City Hall.The citation reads: “In the new, complex tourist industry, tourism entrepreneurs must always be at the leading edge of modern marketing and sustainable visions, based on a knowledge of nature and culture as well as providing a genuine service and being excellent hosts to the customers. Building networks and establishing cooperation within the tourism industry is also important. It is a great honour to present an award to an entrepreneur who has been successful in doing all of the aforementioned things, whilst simultaneously giving Sami culture a prominent position in international tourism.”“It is a great honour to receive this award from our own destination city. There is no better way to illustrate our success in putting Kiruna Lappland and Sápmi on the world map”, says Nils Torbjörn Nutti.“Through their pro-active approach, including the establishment of a sales office in Germany, Nutti Sámi Siida have shown that they are a mature export company and serious competitors in the international travel market”, explains Jörgen Svonni, MD of Kiruna Lappland.Nutti Sámi Siida is an eco-tourism company specialising in natural and cultural experiences based on Sami culture. Their primary product is reindeer sled tours, compliant with the environmental certification, Nature’s Best. The company also operates an outdoor museum and five smaller cottages, accepting larger groups for activities and dining events.Read more at Nutti Sámi Siida´s website.
The season for skiing in the mountains is almost here. In family-friendly Björkliden the ski system is clear and the slope is never far away no matter where you stay. Parents can safely hand their children over to the Lemming Club so that they can spend a few hours skiing down the slopes or on the cross-country trail –
An unbroken tradition with a more than 400 year old history. Today the Sámi winter market in Jokkmokk is a genuine folk festival that is annually visited by tens of thousands of people. In addition to the market square trade going on for three intensive days from February 4 to 6 there are also lectures, concerts,
“Would you like sugar with your coffee?, Mats asks before passing the cup of pot boiled coffee, made over the crackling birch wood fire next to us. We are in a wooden Sami hut, goathi, at Ranch Djurgården in the village of Karhuniemi, 3 kilometres northwest of Kiruna. Mats Pettersson and his wife Lotta live
Wait is over! This week we have started building the 26th rendition of ICEHOTEL. In a couple of weeks’ time, there will be 50 rooms, a church made of ice, the icebar and the event theatre, Aurora Hall. The making of, step by step: Snice is produced using water from the river, and mixing with natural
Kiruna is a young city, with its city plan approved by the King Oscar II in April 1900. The first girl who was born in the new city, actually already on August 21st 1899, was given the name Kiruna. She’s actually not the only one! Please read the story about the british girl Kiruna King,
Esrange Space Center is located about 40 km northeast of Kiruna. This is where SSC (Swedish Space Corporation) sends up sounding rockets and stratospheric balloons for research purposes. There is also a large station for communication with satellites. The base is not open to the public, but there is a small unmanned visitor center with an interactive exhibition