Sˆmi Easter Festival

Sˆmi Easter Festival

March to April, depending on the date of Easter
The Sàmi Easter Festival takes place annually during Easter week in Kautokeino, Norway. The Sàmi people are the indigenous people of the northernmost Nordic regions, including northern Norway. Festival activities include tours by reindeer-drawn sleigh, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. There are art exhibitions and several concerts, with some featuring traditional yoik, as well as modern music of the Samis. The festival is also host to the annual reindeer-racing world-cup race. A highlight of the event is an outdoor drive-in cinema for snowmobiles, known as the Ice Cinema. A film festival runs every year in conjunction with the Sàmi festival, with a variety of films on offer for viewing indoors or out. The main festival launched in 1972, with the film festival debuting in 1997.
CONTACTS:
Saami Easterfest
www.saami-easterfestival.org/index.html
Norwegian Tourist Board
P.O. Box 4649
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163
212-885-9700; fax: 212-885-9710
www.visitnorway.com