Guovdageaidnu / Kautokeino Travel Guide

  • Kautokeino in the distance (View from Juhl's)
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Guovdageaidnu / Kautokeino Things to Do

  • Saami Easter Festival

    Easter is a time of the year when all Sami gather home and share with their families a cheerful time. At Easter time, in Kautokeino, everbody goes to the Reindeer Race and to the Music Festival.

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  • Høstfestivalen / Autumn Festival

    A major event is the mid-August Autumn Festival. Not quite as big as the Easter Festival, but it does feature something as dramatic as snow scooter racing on the river. Since snow scooters are rather heavy (built to run on snow, not on water), they must have good speed unless they wish to sink. And the river has many turns. This event has also...

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  • Påskefestivalen / Easter Festival

    The Easter Festival is probably the cultural highlight of the year. Every Easter, the festival brings the town to life with reindeer-racing, ski-doo-racing and live music, including the Sámi Grand Prix, which is a Sámi version of the Eurovision Song Contest.2006 event is set to April 10-17.

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  • Juhls Silvergallery

    This is more than just a silvergallery. The house contains the first small collection of older Lap utensils. They display a fine selection of Nordic art in a variety of materials which are offered for sale. They also display their collection of arts and crafts from a global perspective. The house is a architectonic jewel with a very special...

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  • Mountain Cabin

    The 'mountain cabins' in the Kautokeino area are not what one might imagine thinking of high peaks and pointed rocks. These cabins are used by the reindeer herders as a 'base' for their herd watching trips and often become a 'party party' location for the whole family or for guests during the winter and especially Easter time, when the holiday...

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  • Sami History, Arts and Crafts

    A beautiful museum of Sami traditional handicrafts and books about the Sami, combined with an exciting exibition of art and carpets from Afghanistan, a coffee shop, a chicken 'zoo' (inside the museum! not joking!), an arts and crafts shop, a silver workshop... So many things combined into one! And so cosy! And such a wonderful view over the...

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  • Annual Kautokeino bicycle run

    Approximately in the middle of june every year, the entire village "and then some" take their walking stick and/or bicycles to the annual hike/bicycle run. You register at the start (yes, this costs money), have your card stamped at the end station, and return the card back at the starting point. Hikers go a total of 8 km (4 km each way), bicyclers...

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  • See the church

    Although "just a church", the church in Kautokeino has become known for its architecture. Truly, it is beautiful.

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  • Aurora Borealis

    With its stable and dry climate, and pretty much the correct latitude, Guovdageaidnu is probably THE prime spot for watching the northern lights. Imagine my surprise when I could see the sky covered by this beautiful phenomena when I came out of Alfreds Kro in the beginning of September!This shot was taken on an ASA 200 film at 20 seconds. I hear...

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Guovdageaidnu / Kautokeino Restaurants

  • Warm your tummy in the Arctic winter

    Centrally located, and offering a great variety of warm drinks, you will never freeze at Kaffegalleriet, even when it's -40C outside. Unless, of course, you order a milkshake. But no matter what you buy, you will not regret it! Hot chocolate. But that's because I'm trying to quit drinking coffee... oh, heck, I'll have another cup of that espresso!

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  • Reindeer Herders' Favorite :)

    Maybe the food (they were serving pizza as far as I remember) is not the best you've ever tried, but the place is definitely worth more than one visit: this is the best place in Kautokeino to meet the locals and make friends!

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  • Big taste, big price!

    The place is something between a café and a restaurant, with traditional wooden café interior that makes for an excellent atmosphere. The dishes I have tried so far have been excellently prepared, the steak was made to perfection, exactly the way I like it. Alas, the price tag for a good meal reflects the quality of the chef's craft.The daytime...

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Guovdageaidnu / Kautokeino Nightlife

  • A little louder, please!

    NOTICE!The word "Nasti" does not mean nasty. It is the Sámi word for "Star", hence this is the "Star pub."MY FIRST VISITIt might be by chance, but at the time I visited Nasti, there were a lot of young people joiking (traditional Sámi singing). So if you wish to experience live joiking, this is the place to go.The atmosphere was a little more...

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  • Laid back and happy

    Tables. People eating, drinking and chatting. And occationally, they play darts. Sounds like your average pub, except sounds of Norwegian and Sámi dialogues will be heard.Maras is definitely my favourite pub in Kautokeino, as the atmosphere is laid back and cosy. And word has it, that they have an excellent pizza.

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Guovdageaidnu / Kautokeino Transportation

  • Snow Scooters

    I am impressed with the way people ride their snow scooters up here, the way they jump on and off their sledges when the sledges get stuck in the snow and the way they know exactly how cold you are going to be even with three layers of clothes if they are not the right type and quality designed for the Northerner's lifestyle.My fondest memory of...

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  • The Road

    Kautokeino is "in the middle of nowhere", so for the average person there's only one way: the highway. National road 93 runs from Alta to the Finnish border. It's 130 km to Alta (north of Kautokeino), 40 km to Finland (south of Kautokeino), 70 km to Hetta (Enontekiö), Finland.If you're not driving, and don't want to spend tons of money on a rental...

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    by SMILLA76 Updated Apr 30, 2005

    A beautiful museum of Sami traditional handicrafts and books about the Sami, combined with an exciting exibition of art and carpets from Afghanistan, a coffee shop, a chicken 'zoo' (inside the museum! not joking!), an arts and crafts shop, a silver workshop... So many things combined into one! And so cosy! And such a wonderful view over the neighbouring area!

    N.B. During Easter there is always a classical music concert with free entrance in Juhl's Gallery!

    What to buy: Jewellery, glass, Afghan carpets, ceramics, hats, gloves, jumpers, bags, aprons, chess board, lamps, toys...

    What to pay: A fortune :)

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Guovdageaidnu / Kautokeino Local Customs

  • Norwegian national day

    While the Norwegian national day might not be the most popular day in Sápmi (it is, after all, a symbol of their oppression), a number of people still celebrate the day in a half-Norwegian half-Sámi way. This means that you get to see a traditional Norwegian style parade from the Church, across the river, up the hinn, ending at Baktaharji, the...

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  • Greetings!

    People in Kautokeino are very friendly. Sitting down in the local pub, some might just walk over to you and say "Bures" before asking you about where you're from and becoming your best friend ever.The word "Bures" sounds like the Russian name "Boris", but it actually means "Good day" and is said when shaking hands. The proper response is "Bures...

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  • Easter Reindeer Race

    It's a 'must see'. Among other things you can admire the gakti (traditional costume) of the Sami from various areas and buy reindeer products in the small market. Local knowledge: the wildest reindeers prove to be the best in races.In the spring of 2005, the entrance was 65 NOK.The racing area is quite a distance from the centre, so it's best to...

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Guovdageaidnu / Kautokeino Tourist Traps

  • The Ice Theatre

    The Kautokeino Film Festival, which usually overlaps the Easter Festival, features the worlds first, and so far only snowmobile drive-in, built entirely in snow and ice. The movies tend to be of Native interests from around the world, and as such it is very interesting to watch. It does get a little chilly, however. Wear several layers of clothes....

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  • Juhls' Silver Gallery

    This is where everyone stops (and I need to go, apparently) - Juhls' Silver Gallery not only features beautiful silver jewelry and sculptures and whatnot, but even the buildings seem like a fairytale. http://www.juhls.no

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Guovdageaidnu / Kautokeino Off The Beaten Path

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    by SMILLA76 Written Apr 18, 2005

    At Easter time, the best thing to do is to go on a scooter ride, make a fire and fry sausages :) Yummy! We've had our beer too! ;)

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Guovdageaidnu / Kautokeino Favorites

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    by gardesque Written Jul 17, 2005

    Favorite thing: The tourist radio transmits information in several languages on 105 MHz. The service is a product of the local radio station, GLR, who also produces Sámi radio content for the commercial national radio network P4.

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