Sápmi is what the Sámi call their land, an area that stretches over Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula in Russia. In Sweden, Sápmi covers the most northern part. It is a nation without borders but not without a history, culture and a language, very much entwined with the reindeer.
As far away as you can get from industrial foods, you’ll find Sámi food traditions. Nothing goes to waste. Everything has its own unique flavour. Meet Ingrid Pilto, a Sámi food creator. Read the full story.
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.
Many towns, mountains, rivers in Swedish Lapland bear the names given to them by the Sámi people, usually describing their characteristics. When reading a map of Swedish Lapland, knowing the meaning of some Sámi words adds another, fascinating dimension to the landscape. Read the full story.
In Swedish Lapland, nature plays an intrinsic role in our life and work, and the people here are highly sensitive to the small details of the changing seasons. Therefore, it seems only natural that the Sami people describe eight seasons instead of four.
Snow is something more than frozen water to the Sami people. It's a way of expressing the foundation of their existence – the migration of the reindeer. To a skier snow is also more than snow. It's the way you experience life.
The Sámi call it Badjelánnda – the Higher Land. It's part of Laponia and a favourite location for those who want to be on their own for a bit. In the beginning of autumn our co-worker Håkan Stenlund sets his sights on Consul Persson's cabin. A lonesome trek back.
There is a wind of change blowing through Sápmi, culminating in the first ever Sápmi Pride festival in Kiruna this weekend. Gathering hundreds of people in a colourful parade along the city streets, manifesting the right to be Sámi and queer. But getting to this day has been a four year long walk.
When going to visit Årstidsfolket, a destination offering Sami experiences, you will travel along winding roads through miles and miles of forest. Here, you will cross the line between past and present, old growth forests meet newly felled ones and old Forest Sami myths and traditions meet with Swedish society.
If it’s the first time you have ever met a pack of enthusiastic huskies, no wonder you would be a bit reserved. However, there’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of. Join the British couple Sabina and Pete for their first encounter with some of Skellefteå’s shaggy residents...
What happens when a father and son decide to spend a couple of days on the islands of Swedish Lapland? Well, first you have to promise that there will be mobile phone coverage and then keep your fingers crossed that you’re right. Then you can safely assume there’ll be no trace of the kid during the entire trip.