The winter market in 1605 is also important. An ancient road, from the coast into Norway, passed the “river smoke” Jokkmokk. It became a natural gathering place for various Sami cultures to conduct trade. The road is gone, but the big event of the year remains. The 400th anniversary attracted 76,000 visitors.
” Duodji” is the collective name on the tools and clothes that the Sami have created from products in nature in all ages. Jokkmokk is one of the best places to discover both traditional and modern-day duodji. Despite a paltry 3,000 inhabitants, there are dozens of craft and design shops. Jokkmokks Tenn has a workshop and shop in one, with handmade jewelry and objects à la the sun wheel such as necklaces and symbol-laden candlesticks. A stone’s throw away is the crafts-oriented Hantverksbutiken, the home decorators ELD by Jokkmokk and the design stores Fjällriket and Stoorstålka.