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Siida, Inari

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The historic pasture of the Siida feeds herds of Sami reindeer native to the area. The Sami are an ancient community of people who maintain the tradition of nomadic reindeer herding through the pastureland. Their practices are protected by law and so are the lands through which they move the reindeer herds. The attraction serves as a meeting place to learn about the arctic cultures whose way of life depends of the migrating herds. The National Museum of the Finnish Sámi and the Nature Centre of Metsähallitu work together to preserve the natural surroundings and culture at the site. An open-air museum as well as indoor exhibits display the artifacts of everyday life, such as textiles, clothing, and cooking utensils. At the on-site restaurant, sample the local mountain berries and reindeer meat--staples of the Sami diet. A visit to Siida represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Inari itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • After biking from Kirkenes, it was great to find this museum and have a reason to take a rest day in Inari. Exhibits are very text-heavy, but the translations are good. In particular I liked the exhib...  more »
  • Great museum focusing on the Sami people, their culture and history if you want to learn. The museum is very well organized and it’s very interesting as well. If you don’t speak Finnish, worry not. Yo...  more »
  • We were with a group & had a dedicated guide through the centre. She as not a Sami (which would have been nice), but she still was good. I liked the scientific related information, but others in our g...  more »
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  • Beautiful setting in the forest and very informative about the Sami culture. Our kids (1 and 6) loved it. Minus for not having any live reindeer.
  • This is the most northern Museum of World. Siida museum has some great collection of Lapland history, unbelievable picture art and nice souvenir shop. I have visited this place during our journey of Lapland. I have bought 3 Reindeer toys (each cost 13 Euro) and 5 pens (2 Euro each) from there. Expensive but the quality of product is truly fantastic and 100% authentic. Highly Recommend!!!
  • There is always something new to see and the permanent exhibition is worth the ticket price in itself. Friendly and helpful staff.
  • Great place to have some context about Sami culture and background. Covers not only Sami history, way of living, but also the nature that surrounds it.
  • Very interesting displays explaining the history of the Sami people and their relationship with nature. Excellent value cafe.