The first Saturday of February my host sisters and I went to the annual Jokkmokk market. The Jokkmokk market has been held for an unbroken 400 year period (since the 17th century!)! I’m not sure how many people attended the market this year but on the fourth centennial anniversary in 2005 reached 80,000 people! How crazy is it to go to something that’s been going on for such a long time. Jokkmokk is located just an hour away from Gällivare, and it is of course also located in the Arctic Circle as well. This city is where you can find the Sami museum, and see the Sami culture in action (there are Sami people located all over the northern part (Lapland) not just in Jokkmokk). In the market itself you can find wonderful Sami craftsman work, things made out of reindeer antlers and beautiful bracelets and rings. There aren’t just Sami vendors though, there are also an assortments of other booths. Luckily at the time of the market it wasn’t so cold up here, only around -5C maybe, but it snowed a lot while we were there. It was fun to look around at everything and I finally get to cross petting a reindeer off my bucket-list!
Unfortunately these are the only pictures I got to take of reindeer. It was snowing really hard so I didn’t want to keep my camera out, and they came by so fast, only noticing them once they start to pass you, leaving no time to take out the Nikon. But nevertheless, I pet one as they walked by! This was my first time actually seeing one in person. Hopefully I get the chance to see another reindeer, they’re just so cute!
The market was a wonderful experience, I brought with a few things home with me: candy (as expected) and a birthday present for my mom back home. I would’ve liked to buy more but things were pretty expensive there, but that’s what someone deserves for making everything by hand!
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