Fairy tale exhibition about the Outdoor Etiquette

An artist, children´s author and cartoonist Ninka Reittu has written and illustrated five Outdoor Etiquette stories for children. The purpose of the fairy tales is to inspire children into the nature, and at the same time to tell them how to respect the nature and other hikers while moving around in the nature. The fairy tales will also be translated into the Sami languages.

The Outdoor Etiquette helps the hikers to appreciate the nature. The Etiquette is designed to make the life easier, both in everyday life and during the party times. Important basics are respect for nature, moving around, camping, firefighting and litter-free hiking – when You have understood these rules, You are ready to hike in the nature.

“I don’t see all the stars that the map says should be seen now. It’s like there’s a curtain in the sky between me and them. Myrsky said upset.

– It’s true, it’s called light pollution. Saana said knowingly from her hammock.

– Gross. Myrsky huffed. “How do you get rid of it?”

With a fairy tale book Park & Wildlife Finalnd wants to ensure that the future generations are raised for nature-respective hiking and attracts interest and love for nature, which carries up to adulthood.

The exhibition is organised by Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida.

Following Erkki Mikkola’s footsteps – Landscapes 100 years ago and today

How has our environment changed in 100 years? We will find out when we place next to each other photographs taken from the same landscape 100 years ago and today. The photograph exhibition shows the landscapes that Erkki Mikkola immortalized a century ago and the same objects that Tapio Tynys photographed over the last few years.

Geographer, geologist and photographer Erkki Mikkola photographed Inari and Utsjoki region and Sompio villages in the 1920s and 1930s. Photographers Tapio Tynys from Ivalo found the pictures in the Finna.fi -digital archive, and he was excited to find and photograph the same sceneries together with Pertti Turunen.

Finding the places that Mikkola photographed has been an adventure and partly detective work. Pairs of pictures tell how human activity and the current warm climate period have changed the landscape.

The exhibition is organised by the Upper Lapland Nature Centre Siida.

Outi Pieski: Rematriation of a Ládjogahpir—Return to Máttaráhkká

The ládjogahpir, a popular and striking Sámi women’s hat in the 18th and 19th centuries; forbidden, forgotten, and disappeared in the 19th and 20th centuries; revived and revitalised in the 21st century.

The exhibition is part of an art and research project Máttaráhku ládjogahpir – A Foremother‘s Hat of Pride (2017-2020). The project is a collaboration between artist Outi Pieski and researcher Eeva-Kristiina Nylander (formerly Harlin). With their project they explore and make manifest the meanings and values of cultural artefacts―such as the ládjogahpir―for Sámi people, individually or personally and socially or collectively.

The exhibition Rematriation of a Ládjogahpir—Return to Máttaráhkká can be visited at the Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida from 6th February 2023 till 24th September 2023.

Capercaillie of the Taiga forests

The kingbird of the old forests, capercaillie, has always had a special place in the heart of Martti Rikkonen, who is a nature photographer from Inari. Capercaillie of the Taiga forests -exhibition takes the visitors to the lands and lek areas of the capercaillie. It shows the largest hen bird in our forests as the target of a nature photographer’s camera as well as of a hunter’s gun.

In Rikkonen’s pictures, Metso is a northern taiga specialist, a survivor, which adapts to harsh and changing conditions. It is also known for its spectacular spring lek.

Rikkonen has had time to accumulate encounters with the capercaillie over many decades, as he has been photographing the species since 1986. The exhibition consists of photographs taken in the northernmost habitats of the species, in the coniferous forests of Inari.

The exhibition is organized by Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida and it was produced by the Hunting Museum of Finland.

Mu áiggis, du báikkis -In My Time, In Your Place

The works of the In My Time, In Your Place exhibition reflect on the relation with place and surroundings, in which the natural environment of the north and the reindeer herding culture have a strong presence. The works are stories on canvas and paper that combine elements of the seen and the heard, experienced and imagined.

The artist, Elina Länsman, was born in Oulu and now lives in Nuorgam as the spouse of a Sámi reindeer herder. The exhibition features paintings and stone lithographs. The work on the exhibition was supported by the Kone Foundation and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

The exhibition In my Time, In Your Place can be visited at the Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida from 1 June 2022 till 17 January 2023.

The organiser of the exhibition is Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida.

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Zero Arctic

Zero Arctic -exhibition deals with a research project that examined how to benefit from traditional knowledge and the ideas of traditional construction in designing climate-friendly buildings. Studying traditional buildings makes it possible to create guidelines for the present and future sustainable construction.

The topic was studied under the Arctic Council in the research project Zero Arctic – Concepts for carbon-neutral Arctic construction based on tradition (2018–2020). The research focused on Northern Finland, Canada and Japan, with an emphasis on co-operation with the indigenous peoples of the regions. The case examples of the project show that it is also possible to build functional homes that warm their users, not the climate, in Arctic conditions.

The Finnish part of the pr oject was realised by the Ministry of the Environment, Aalto University, Livady Architects and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

God’s Children – Duodji Textiles in Space

The exhibition is Maarit Magga’s second artistic production of her doctoral thesis on duodji (Sámi craft), which she is doing for the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of Lapland. Magga works as a doctoral researcher of duodji at the Sámi University of Applied Sciences. 

God’s Children – Duodji Textiles in Space is the second exhibition of Magga’s artistic research on duodji (Sámi craft). It consists of the duodji textiles she has made for Hetta Church in her home region Enontekiö. 

“My textiles are based on duodji, the Sámi view of beauty, harmony and suitability. My works of duodji are characterised by such themes as simplicity – that less is more – and decorative minimalism, both rising from my notion of beauty. I convey a tradition, adapting my skill to new types of works, in the context of a public space”, Magga explains. 


I leave room for thoughts. 

I let the plan live, 


until I see it in my soul. 

I understand, 

make my vision come true. 

Maarit Magga 


The exhibition is on display simultaneously with Magga’s previous exhibition “Sámi Ceremonies”. The exhibition is open at the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida in Inari 21.1.2021 – 30.4.2021.The exhibition has been produced by the Sámi Museum Siida. 


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Karen Jomppanen: A Creative and Experimental Artisan

Sámi Museum Siida’s pop-up exhibition showcases creative and experimental Sámi artisan Karen Jomppanen’s (1923–1996) handcraft collection. The heirs of Karen Jomppanen donated her Sámi handcraft collection to the Sámi Museum Siida on September 30th in 2020. Large collection of 220 objects consists of Sámi clothing, dolls, bags, and purses as well as material examples. Connected to the collections there is also archive materials such as slides and patterns along with how-to instructions. Pop-up exhibition produced by Sámi Museum shows a part of this collection.

Preserving Sámi Heritage

The pop-up exhibition of the Sámi Museum Siida introduces Museum’s collections items that were conserved and restored by the students of the Conservation Study Programme of the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in autumn 2019 as a part of their conservation course on indigenous artefacts.

Through the conservation and restoration of Sámi artefacts, the textile and artefact conservators become acquainted with the special features of Sámi objects. The materials of Sámi artefacts mostly come from nature, and the preservation and management of items made from organic material require cultural knowledge and knowledge on how to work the materials.

The diverse cooperation of the Sámi Museum Siida and the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences has been going on for twenty years.


River Teno, one of the greatest streams in Sámi people’s homeland, is over 200 km long. River begins at Karigasniemi village and ends at the rocky landscape of Teno Fjord in Norway. There the River flows into the Arctic Ocean. Teno is the border river between Norway and Finland, and Teno units Sámi people living on both shores.

Northern nature wakes up into great spectacle in the spring, when the ice cover of river Teno breaks up with great power. Spring is followed by bright summer. When the salmon returns to spawn in the river, life is sparkling everywhere. Then the days get shorter, nature is calming down during the colourful autumn. Boats used for salmon fishing are stored for the next summer. In the midst of the winter, only the moon and the northern lights shed light to the cold twilight of the polar night.

The photographs taken by Pertti Turunen from Ivalo exhibit the River Teno, the best salmon river in Europe, its seasons and people living along this great river.

Photo: Pertti Turunen