Árran, meaning hearth or fireplace, is the name of a cultural centre devoted to one of Northern Scandinavia’s smallest ethnic groups. At Drag in Tysfjord, you can get to know the Lule Sami.
The centre, which was established in 1994, houses a museum, language centre, teaching, kindergarten etc. and is a centre with a national responsibility to safeguard the Lule Sami culture, language and society. The museum displays a permanent exhibition about the way of life of the Lule Sami people, in addition to other exhibitions of art, culture and current affairs. Sami products, books and CDs are on sale at the reception.
The Lule Sami language is one of the smallest Sami languages and is spoken in a belt spanning both the Norwegian and Swedish sides. The Lule Sami costume differs from the Northern Sami and Southern Sami costumes. Various costumes are exhibited in the museum. The traditional livelihood was characterized by the harvesting of natural resources, especially from the sea. Today, the Lule Sami people are employed in all types of industries.
The centre is located in Drag in the Municipality of Tysfjord. It can be reached via route no. 827, which is an alternative to the E6 highway through Nord Salten.
In summer the centre has longer opening hours and knowledgeable, English-speaking guides are present. At other times of the year, the centre is open during office hours.