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A couple in a sleigh pulled by a reindeer, held by a Sami man A couple in a sleigh pulled by a reindeer, held by a Sami man
Reindeer sledding in Finnmark.
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/ Visitnorway.com
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The Sami way of life

Join a dogsled expedition, learn to throw a lasso, and experience the Sami culture first hand in Karasjok and Kautokeino.

People watching the northern lights at Kautokeino, Finnmark
Northern lights in Kautokeino
Terje Rakke/Nordic Life - Visitnorway.com
Reindeer feeding, Kautokeino
Reindeer feeding in Kautokeino
Ørjan Bertelsen/www.nordnorge.com
Traditional Sami cooking in Lavvo, Kautokeino
Traditional Sami cooking in Kautokeino
Ørjan Bertelsen/www.nordnorge.com
Reindeers at the Finnmark mounatin plateau
Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Visitnorway.com
Sami culture in Finnmark
Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Visitnorway.com
Sami man with reindeer outside lavvo, Finnmark
Lavvo in Kautokeino
Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Visitnorway.com

Things to do in Karasjok and Kautokeino

Getting here and around

Get in-depth travel information on Northern Norway’s official website.

  • By plane

    By plane

    There are daily departures from Oslo to Alta Airport, which is the nearest major airport, although it’s also possible to fly to Lakselv Airport. Alta Airport is a two hours drive from Kautokeino, and two and a half hours from Karasjok.

  • By car

    By car

    The few roads between places on the Finnmark plain are of a good standard and pose few problems. Travel time from Karasjok to Kautokeino is around two hours.

  • By bus

    By bus

    There are only a few buses between places on the Finnmark plain, and all bus transportation must be planned carefully. Check out Snelandia’s website for timetables and prices.

Northern lights forecast

Read more about the northern lights.

Weather icon white Seasons and climate

  • In Kautokeino and Karasjok, the climate is cold and temperate.
  • During summer (June–August), daytime temperatures typically range between 10 °C and 25 °C.
  • During hard winter (December–February), temperatures can drop as far as -45 °C and beyond.
  • The yearly average temperature over the last 30 years is -2.7 °C.
  • During five weeks of summer, the sun doesn’t set, and during six weeks of winter, the sun doesn’t rise.
  • Average precipitation is 360 millimetres per year.
  • Get the latest weather forecast on yr.no.

Land of the Sami offers …

There is no need to wait until you’re here to find out what you’d like to do.



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