Rivers full of Salmons

Some rivers of Lapland are full of salmons. I’m not going to say a lot of things about this fish species, I’ll just tell an interesting little story. As salmon is a popular food and sportfish, many tourists in Lapland and Finnmark (the northernmost region of Norway) are interested in catching salmon from those rivers. Only licensed fishermen can do it, but there is a possibility to hire such a fisherman as an assistant. So, that’s a good business in the lands of Sami.

Reindeers and… salmons.

I don’t even need to repeat that typical local food of Lapland are reindeers and salmons. If you have never imagined to try it, while travelling around here you will.

The local Museum of Sami Culture (SIIDA) has a lot of fun exhibits so you can get a lot idea about local way of life. The whole design is creative and modern, and the Museum is fairly small. You’ll enjoy it, not more than a real life experience with real Sami people, but at least a little bit.

A beautiful Salmon
This salmon has just been captured… 🙂

The picture above looks like a real photo, taken on a traditional river fishing boat, when a giant salmon has just been captured. However, this is in a museum. Here you can figure out how big is a salmon – have you ever seen an entire salmon in a supermarket, or on a fish market? Let me know if you did 🙂

Salmon in a Museum
…nside the Sami Culture Museum 🙂

A full size fishing boat is situated right along the entrance to the exhibition space, and you’ll walk some meters alongside.

The salmon might be artificial, but this snow isn’t. It’s a real snow. These items are not for sale. They are exhibited as little pieces of the Sami folklore.

The real snow

Have you read about the other 5, amongst 6 Amazing Discoveries in Finland?


  • This place reminds me so much of the museum I work at here in Canada – the Fraser River Discovery Centre. We have an exhibit about traditional fishing practices and the cultural importance of Pacific salmon to the indigenous people of the Fraser River. So cool to see the Finnish version!

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