Day visit venue: Márkanbáiki – Sámi open-air museum(winter)
Márkanbáiki is an easily accessible day visit venue in Jukkasjärvi for people from near and far who want to engage their senses to experience Sápmi. Get up close with reindeer, stroll through the museum exhibition area and try traditional Sámi food in charming Café Sápmi. As a reminder of your visit, you surely find some special item in the on-site handicraft shop.
The term márkanbáiki means assembly or marketplace 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 with wide open spaces. Bures boahtin Sápmái – Welcome to Sápmi!
Explore the venue on your own and at you own pace by means of museum signs with easily readable information in Swedish and English.
In the outdoor exhibition area, you can learn about the culture, traditions, garments, different devices, nomadic lifestyle, and history of the reindeer herding Sámi people. Look at art works, walk along the short nature and culture trail and enjoy the scenery. The playground Mini Sápmi invites kids to play and learn.
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 and feed them. The reindeer is adapted to life in the Arctic environment with cold and snow, and there are a lot of facts and figures regarding this majestic animal that will astonish 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 is a traditional part 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 in form of smoked reindeer meat in mesmerising ambiance? Drinking a cup of freshly boiled coffee is then the icing on the cake. We also offer pastries and refreshments with a local touch. Some variation in supply may occur depending on the supply of food raw materials.
As a reminder of your stay, you can visit the 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 – 16.00: 1 Nov 2021 – 18 April 2022. 24 Dec open until 13.00.
Café Sápmi’s lunch and fika serving is open 11.00 – 15.00.
ADMISSION FEE: Adult: SEK 220. Small child (0-2 years): free in company of paying adult. Child (3-12 years): SEK 110. Student (valid ID)/Senior (65+): SEK 180. Entrance tickets are bought on-site in the handicraft shop (no entrance fee to shop and café).
REINDEER FOOD BAG: SEK 40.
ADDRESS: Marknadsvägen 2, 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 with bus stop “Jukkasjärvi Kyrkan”.
QUALITY: Nature’s Best Sweden, Sápmi Experience and Sustainable Arctic Destination certified.
GROUPS: Different events like guided tours for private circles upon request.