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The Summer in Northern Lapland and Siida Better than Last Year

Aug 18, 2014 08:44 AM

In this summer, the parking area of the Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida has often been packed, because visitors from both Finland and abroad have found their way to Siida.

Interesting exhibitions and our unique Open-Air Museum have attracted more visitors to Siida than last summer. In June and July, altogether 16,000 guests bought a ticket to the exhibitions. During these months, the total number of visitors to Siida was 34,121. In addition to those visiting the exhibitions, the number includes the tourists who visited Siida Shop, Inari Info and the Customer Service of Metsähallitus.

In the summer, Siida has, in addition to the permanent exhibitions, offered three temporary exhibitions. They have introduced the public to the canoe routes and the water cycle as well as the cultural environment of Northern Lapland. At the beginning of June, we opened the exhibition ”Gállok Protest Art” that consists of the material used in anti-mining demonstrations held in Sweden, in Gállok/Kallak. All the three changing exhibitions are also available for the public in the autumn, until late September.

The customer service that we provide for the public in summer is an important part of the services of the Sámi Museum and Metsähallitus. Visitors clearly find the nature huts of Metsähallitus in Utsjoki and Lemmenjoki interesting, as both service points had more than a thousand guests during June–July. Actually, Utsjoki Nature Hut had more than two thousand guests during the period. At the beginning of the summer, a new exhibition was opened at Utsjoki Nature Hut, which partly explains why the service point has had more visitors than last year. Both service points are open until September, so there is plenty of time to visit and have a look at for example the exhibitions of the nature huts.

The Skolt Sámi Heritage House ran by the Sámi Museum in Sevettijärvi also serves travellers until the end of September. More than a thousand visitors have acquainted themselves with the Heritage House and Skolt Sámi culture during this summer.

Siida is open for visitors every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. until September 19th; after that, we will switch to our winter opening hours. The restaurant Sarrit is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the summer season. After September 19th, both Siida and Restaurant Sarrit will be open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Metsähallitus Nature Centre, Siida, Inarintie 46, FI-99870 Inari, tel. +358 (0)206 39 7740, siida@metsa.fi, www.siida.fi, www.luontoon.fi

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