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The cathedral was the most beautiful thing I have seen in Jokkmokk the very night when we arrived. The darkness, the snow all over the place and the lights on the white walls of the building offered a mysterious sight. Although of fairly small size compared to Western cathedrals (such as Notre Dame or Sacre Coeur in France, for instance), the wooden Jokkmokk cathedral sent a shiver down my spine and filled me with expectations.
The next day we have tried to visit and... surprise! It was closed to the public. I wonder why, since during the Winter market week the town receives so many visitors and the locals should be proud to welcome them in the cathedral. (At least that was my frustrated thought.) Maybe they are trying to protect it from the waves of tourist. I don't know the reasons behind the decision, but I felt it like a personal loss. I hope I can give it a second try some other time...
Unique Suggestions: Visit by night!
Fun Alternatives: The Ajitte Museum across the road.
Written Jun 13, 2005
Miscellaneous: There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: -2 – 9°C ( 28 - 49°F ); min: -14 - 0°C ( 7 - 32°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 18 – 20°C ( 64 - 68°F ); min: 9 - 11°C ( 49 - 51°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: -4 – 12°C ( 25 - 53°F); min: -10 - 4°C ( 14 – 39°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: -10 – -8°C ( 14 - 18°F); min: -18 - -15°C ( 0 - 5°F )
In winter Jokkmokk is one of the coldest places in Europe.
Updated Nov 23, 2003
The Arctic Circle runs just a few kilometers south of Jokkmokk. It is marked by a line of white-painted stones.
Written Nov 23, 2003