Samiland is a part of the worldwide UNESCO Observatory Cultural Village program. Exhibition is located in the Levi Summit Congress Centre in the Levi ski resort in Kittilä, Lapland.
Samiland includes an indoor exhibition (500m²) and an outdoor exhibition (10,000m²), which present the history and present day of the European Union’s only indigenous people, the Sami.
In the indoor exhibition visitors can study the national costumes and everyday objects of the different Sami groups, which are described and illustrated with pictures. The indoor exhibition also introduces reindeer herding in greater detail. Visitors can read stories about old reindeer herders and observe, in real time, the movements of a reindeer with a GPS transmitter collar.
In the outdoor exhibition visitors follow a 300-metre path, along which different kinds of traditional Sami buildings have been built. The purpose of each building is described in detail. The buildings have been furnished in traditional styles, depicting how Sami people have lived during different periods. The outdoor exhibition also features a fence area where visitors can get close to reindeers and feed them lichen.
Samiland offers guided tours in Finnish and English, with traditional Sami joiku (yoik) singing as an optional extra. Samiland will offer different kinds of seasonal workshops where visitors can learn about Sami handicraft or suopunki (reindeer lasso) throwing.
Good to learn about culture of Lapland but just average for kids
We went to this as it had a small museum and reindeers that showed about the Lappish culture which we wanted to teach the kids. Was good from that perspective but it wasn't interactive enough for the kids and they quickly lost interest. I also think it was quite expensive at €10 for adults and €7 for kids for what you got. The kids loved the reindeers the most and actually just playing in the snow outside. The outside displays weren't really visible due to the snow and so didn't get our full monies worth. Good for a rainy day to do the inside section and then have a free juice upstairs overlooking Levi - very, very pretty and worth it - but maybe just do that instead of the museum unless you're kids are about 8+ and more prepared to stand and read written information...
- 3-5 years
- 6-9 years
Pros and Cons
- Great for rainy days
- Parenting room/facilities