An unexpected blend

There are only a few things all of us use on a daily basis. Soap is one of them. The basic recipe has not changed much since the time of the Babylonians 2800 BC : water, alkali and fat. In Jokkmokk, there is plenty of pure water. And we have lots of forest. That makes…

Gathering in the run up for 2018!

Red Bull Nordensiöldsloppet is MORE THAN A RACE. It is about community empowerment, engagement and pushing the local economy. More than 500 volunteers (which makes about 10% of Jokkmokks inhabitants!) and more than 40 organisations and companies are engaged in the race to make it an unforgettable and professional event for our guests. Now we…

Small, beautiful & strong

When you come to Jokkmokk you will see them everywhere: lichen. A lichen is a symbiotic organism between algae or cyanobacteria and fungi. They are extremely powerful organism, which live in extreme environments and get very old, up to some thousand years! Lichens come in many colours, sizes, and forms. Lichen are an important part…

Do you like the extreme?

If you like the extraordinary Jokkmokk is something for you! Keen on some examples? Jokkmokk municipality is as large as the whole country of Slovenia or half of the Netherlands. While the Netherlands have 17 million inhabitants, Jokkmokk has 5000. Most of them live in the central village Jokkmokk, but when time allows many spend…

Being an explorer like Carl Linnaeus

You probably have heard about this guy: Carl von Linne, who invented a system of naming plants and animals by giving them two names each. He was nothing less than a boring paper-shuffler. He loved the beauty of nature, he was an explorer and he was a good writer. That we know because he kept…

Recipes for strength and health

Jokkmokk is a paradise for those who loves tasty berries. In autumn, people in Jokkmokk use their spare time for gathering the healthy fruits. Happily enough, one do not need to picking them all by hand but can use a berry picker device.  Simple to use it makes fruit picking fun and pain-free! The four most…

Travelling smooth in 2018!

Will you be on the starting line? On the 24th of March 2018 the third edition of the world’s toughest and longest ski race will be held in Jokkmokk, Swedish Lapland. For sure, you want to travel smooth before and after the world’s toughest and longest ski race. We have a solution for you: Luleå…

Overcoming distances in roadless land

The great forests and rivers in the Swedish North have for a long time been tremendously important for the whole region and for Sweden as a country. The exploration of the forest resources led to the transformation of the agrarian Swedish society into a rapidly developing industrialized nation. The rivers made great transport routes in…

Wanna try rotten fish?

Are you an adventurous traveller? Then you should definitely try fermented herring. The Swedish call it for ”surströmming”. At the end of August and beginning of September people in Jokkmokk meet for eating surströmming.  The picture above is taken this Saturday in Högträsk in the old school. It’s a great social event as the combination…

Get fit for ski season with Nina

In the 2017 Nordenskiöldsloppet, Nina Lintzén finishes as first female  completing the 220km long race in 13:01:01 and take an overwhelming victory. She told us after the race: ”I’ve aimed for the gold ever since last year when I finished third [in 2016]”. Now Nina is ready to share her experience with you – get…

Fields of gold at the Arctic Circle

Imagine living in the 19th centrury at the Arctic Circle in trackless land at the scores of the Skalka lake in the village of Granudden. You are one of the new settler which founded that place in 1823. You have a tiny piece of land and you will grow barley. It’s the only crop which…

Visit Purkijaur where it all began…

When Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld arranged his famous long-distance race, he chose to start at Purkijaurholmen outside Jokkmokk. This was 1884.  In 2016, the ski race came back to Purkijaurholmen and the 220 km race was organised for the 2nd time in history. This has been possible due to the extraordinary enthusiasts living in Purkijaur. For…