Since 1605, for over 400 years, Jokkmokk’s wonderful Winter Market has been held annually beginning on the first Thursday in February. Attracting tens of thousands of visitors from around the world, the market remains the foremost meeting place for Sámi peoples across the entire Sápmi region.
Aaahh … what a wonderful feeling it is to wander between the market stalls, listening to languages from across the globe reverberate into the pale-blue winter sky in a vaporous harmony of new encounters and experiences. Well known for unfailingly producing icy-cold conditions, merely being outdoors during the Winter Market is an adventure and experience in itself.
It’s not unusual for temperatures to plummet below the –30 degree mark. To get the most out of your market experience, it’s important to have the right clothing. Wear multiple layers of warm materials such as wool, or other functional fabrics, covered by a heavy-duty down jacket, and put on a sturdy pair of winter boots.
Add a fur cap and the warmest gloves you can find, and you’re all set for Jokkmokk.