Sámi Siida – Márkanbáiki (summer)
Márkanbáiki is an easily accessible day visit venue for people from near and far who want to engage their senses to experience Sápmi. Get close up and personal with reindeer, stroll through the outdoor exhibition area and try traditional Sámi food in charming Café Sápmi. As a reminder of your visit you surely find some special item in our on-site handicraft shop.
The term márkanbáiki means assembly or market place in North Sámi language and this historical site here is the origin of the village of Jukkasjärvi and a wonderful place for a day visit. Bures boahtin Sápmái – Welcome to Sápmi!
In our exhibition venue you can learn about the culture, traditions, nomadic lifestyle and the history of the reindeer herding Sámi people, look at art works and enjoy the scenery. Our most appreciated companions, the reindeer, are summer grazing here at the shores of river Torne and it is a special moment being able to meet them close up and feed them.
The guided tour “Geasseguossi” is a perfect opportunity to get a deeper understanding about our culture and livelihoods. Our skilled guides will walk you around the venue, share their knowledge and personal stories, and jointly feed the reindeer with you!
In Café Sápmi, our giant lávvu-like restaurant with a fireplace in the centre, we serve traditional Sámi food with a modern twist. Reindeer meat and fish are traditional parts of Sámi cuisine that is about pure taste, quality and care for animals and nature. So why not rounding off your visit with a local food experience? We claim to serve the world’s best suovas, i.e. traditionally lightly-salted, cold-smoked reindeer meat, sliced, fried and served on gáhkku bread. Drinking a cup of fresh, boiled coffee is then the icing on the cake. We also offer berry pastries, coffee cheese and refreshments.
As a reminder of your stay you can visit our on-site handicraft shop to find the most unique gifts. We offer only the best of local Sámi handicraft, duodji. Among the crafts you find reindeer pelts and antler designs, Sámi silver jewellery and even lassos for catching reindeer.
OPEN DAILY: 10.00 – 17.00. 6 June – 1 September 2019.
Café Sápmi’s lunch serving 11.00 – 15.00, and pastries and coffee the whole day.
GUIDED TOUR “GEASSEGUOSSI”: 10.00 & 15.00, appr. 45 min; included in the admission fee.
ADMISSION FEE: Adult: SEK 180. Student (with valid student ID): SEK 140. Child (3-12 years): SEK 90. Free for children under age 3 in company with adults.
Entrance tickets are bought on-site in the handicraft shop (no entrance fee to shop and café).
REINDEER FOOD BAG: 30 SEK.
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.
QUALITY: Sápmi Experience and Sustainable Arctic Destination certified.
GROUPS: Different group arrangements upon request.