The Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida in Inari is worth a visit
Empowering the Sámi identity and culture
The Sámi Museum Siida serves as both a national museum dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Sámi culture and a regional institution tasked with safeguarding cultural environments within the Sámi Area. Within their collections, they curate the rich tapestry of spiritual and material culture belonging to the Finnish Sámi community, which they proudly showcase through exhibitions and publications. Their primary mission revolves around nurturing and empowering the Sámi identity and cultural self-esteem. Collaboratively, they work alongside partnering museums across the Nordic countries and Russia, collectively preserving the essence of Sámi culture. Furthermore, as a proud member of the global indigenous people’s museum network, they actively contribute to the broader recognition and appreciation of indigenous heritage worldwide.
A glimpse into the Northern Lapland´s nature
Metsähallitus-maintained nature centers offer a diverse range of attractions and a wealth of intriguing information about the natural world. Their aim is to inspire people to actively engage with nature and find rejuvenation within its embrace. Among these centers, Nature Centre Siida stands as the northernmost outpost, diligently maintained by Metsähallitus, and operates in close partnership with the Siida Sámi Museum.
The permanent exhibitions at Siida, which delve into the wonders of Northern Lapland’s nature and the vibrant Sámi culture, are collaborative creations crafted in conjunction with the Sámi Museum and Siida Nature Centre. In addition to these enriching exhibitions, they provide an array of services under the Metsähallitus umbrella and offer valuable insights into the region’s travel and tourism offerings.
Restaurant Sarrit – a memorable dining experience
Indulge in a delectable buffet lunch experience at Restaurant Sarrit. Their spread features a mouthwatering selection, including a piping hot main course, a vibrant salad bar, freshly baked bread, refreshing cold beverages and a delightful dessert, all rounded off with a cup of aromatic coffee. For those seeking lighter options, the menu also offers an assortment of coffee, sandwiches, and freshly baked pastries.
At Restaurant Sarrit, they are equipped to cater to groups of various sizes, offering tailored dining experiences that can be adapted to your specific needs. Whether you’re planning group meals or coffee breaks for conferences, their dedicated team is at your service, provided you make your arrangements in advance.
Should you wish to host private events, Restaurant Sarrit is available for bookings outside of Siida’s regular opening hours. The restaurant is also fully licensed to serve alcohol, adding an extra dimension to your dining experience.
Where to find it:
The Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida is located on road E4 in the village of Inari on the north side of the River Juutuanjoki bridge.
40 km from Ivalo
50 km from Ivalo Airport
75 km from Saariselkä
Contact Metsähallitus Customer Services at Siida here