Day visit venue: Sámi Siida – Márkanbáiki (winter)
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. 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 with wide open spaces. Bures boahtin Sápmái – Welcome to Sápmi!
Explore the venue on your own and at your own pace. In our open-air exhibition venue you can learn about the culture, traditions, garments, devices, nomadic lifestyle and the history of the reindeer herding Sámi people. Look at art works, snowshoe hike our 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 winter 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 reindeer is adapted to a life in 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 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 in mesmerizing ambience? Drinking a cup of freshly 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 – 16.00: 1 Dec 2020 – 11 April 2021. 24 Dec open until 13.00.
Café Sápmi’s lunch serving is open 11.00 – 15.00, pastries and coffee are available the whole day.
ADMISSION FEE: Adult: SEK 220. Child (0-12 years): free per paying adult (1+1), otherwise 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 for private circles upon request.