Sámi Siida – Márkanbáiki (spring)
Márkanbáiki is an easily accessible, vibrant meeting place in Jukkasjärvi for visitors from near and far who want to engage their senses to experience Sápmi. Learn about 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.
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? 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 much more.
Our most appreciated companions, the reindeer, are grazing here at the shores of river Torne until 26 April. Up until then our knowledgeable guide will share some facts and stories about our reindeer and jointly feed them with you during the guided tour “Giđđaguossi”. At the end of April, the reindeer will move to other grounds where they can be visited during the special tour “Miessemánnu – Reindeer calf month May”. On 5 June the reindeer are back in Jukkasjärvi again when summer season kicks in.
OPEN DAILY: 11.00 – 15.00. 14 April – 4 June 2020. Café Sápmi’s lunch and coffee serving 11.00 – 15.00.
FREE ADMISSION 27 April – 4 June. Due to the spring thaw it can be a bit wet in the outdoor exhibition area, so access is limited, and the reindeer are away on their move towards the mountains. We still welcome visitors to explore the area on their own.
ADMISSION FEE 14-26 April: Adult: SEK 200. Student (with valid student ID): SEK 160. Child (3-12 years): SEK 100. 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).
GUIDED TOUR “GiĐĐAGUOSSI” 14 – 26 April: Appr. 30 min; included in the admission fee. Departure for drop-in visitors: 15.15 (after café and shop closing).
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: Nature’s Best Sweden, Sápmi Experience and Sustainable Arctic Destination certified.
GROUPS: Different group arrangements upon request.