Katja Bechtloff
Liane Gruda
Katja Bechtloff
Katja Bechtloff

Sámi Siida – Márkanbáiki (Winter)

Sámi Siida is a reconstructed Sámi camp on the old Sámi market place that is origin for the village of Jukkasjärvi. Grazing reindeer, exhibitions about Sámi culture and livelihoods are found here. Sápmi slow food lunch is served by the fire in giant lávvu-tent; and genuine Sámi handicraft is available for purchase.

Sámi Camp with reindeer
A Sámi camp is a temporary housing and workplace where one or more herding Sámi 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 as well as life 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 meet our proud companions, the reindeer. There are about 3-10 tamed male reindeer at the camp and they are traditionally trained to pull sleds. Bags with reindeer food can be bought in the shop if you want them to come really close. Try also throwing lasso at reindeer horns in the camp.

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; and it 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 in slices. Drinking a cup of boiled coffee from a sooty kettle is then the icing on the cake. We serve lunch between 11:00 and 15:00. The atmosphere will mesmerise you and make your stay at ours surely delightful.

Sámi handicraft shop
Inside the wooden building is a crafts section and shop where you can see our traditional craftsmanship, largely using materials like reindeer horn and reindeer leather. There is a range of traditional and modern Sámi arts and crafts and souvenirs available for purchase.

OPEN DAILY: 10:00 – 17:00. 1 Nov 2016 until 17 April 2017. 24 Dec open until 13:00.

ADMISSION FEE: SEK 150 per person, SEK 120 per student (valid student ID), SEK 75 per child (3-15 years), free for children under age 3. Tickets are bought in the handicraft shop. (No entrance fee to shop and café.)

GUIDED TOURS: 10:00 & 16:00 with reindeer feeding and slide show on the reindeer herding year. Tour duration: approx. 45 min. SEK 100 per person, SEK 50 per child (3-15 years), free for children under age 3.

Guided tour only purchasable in combination with entrance ticket.

ADVICE: Remember warm winter clothing and shoes to enjoy your visit outdoors and in the tent.

LOCATION: Marknadsvägen 2 in SE-981 91 Jukkasjärvi. Next to Jukkasjärvi church, 900 m from Icehotel.17 km east of Kiruna town. Local bus #501.