Videos: Kitok live at Café Gasskas, February 6th 2016

2016-02-06 - Kitok, performing live at Café Gasskas on the last day of the Jokkmokk winter market 2016

On the last day of the Jokkmokk winter market of 2016, Kitok returned to Jokkmokk for a one-night performance at Café Gasskas. As expected, the café was filled to the limit, and the atmosphere was electric. Yet another great hometown gig by Kitok, and a perfect end to a very nice winter market week. The gig started half an hour later than planned,

Watch two of the songs, “Halleluja” and latest single “Norrsken i baren”, in the videos below:

Video: Reindeer race (filmed using a handheld GoPro camera)

I managed to film one of my two races today, using a GoPro Hero 4 Silver camera that I held in my hand (as opposed to having it mounted on my head, as I did last year). The result was a shaky video where snow constantly hits the camera. It is a different kind of video from the ones filmed last year, but it is more faithful to the actual experience that a participant gets. Watch it here, and if you like it, feel free to share the link to this post (or to the video) with friends!

Last minute shopping, just before closing time

The street market part of the winter market is over for this time. I did some last-minute shopping (chocolate, salmon, reindeer chips and a suovas roll), and went down to the Ájtte museum to meet some friends. Photos from the museum will be posted next, but there is no time to edit the photos now; I’m just about to go to Hotel Akerlund for a winter market dinner together with my wife Johanna.

This is what the closing hour looked like:

Photo album: The reindeer race

The last reindeer race for this year had a great mix of participants, including visitors from New York (a journalist for the New York Times), Germany and Australia, as well as locals. Four qualifying races, two semifinals and one final – and then we had a winner. I won my qualification race against Konstantin Tönnies from Germany and got to race against Gerald Bruce Thompson (the Australian ambassador to Sweden) in the semifinal. Mr. Thompson won the semifinal easily. He then won over Robin Holmbom in the final race, and was awarded with a reindeer horn trophy. When asked for a quick comment on his reindeer racing experience, Mr. Thompson concluded that he was happy about his participation.

Updated: I got a set of photos taken during the event today, by Björn Uglem. Thanks, Björn!

Photos from Saturday, February 6th 2016

Streets filled with people, snow falling from the sky, people speaking in more languages than I was able to count and a reindeer race that turned out well. In short, the first part of the last day of the 2016 winter market in Jokkmokk has been great. Here is a big photo album from the day so far:

Coming next: Photos from the reindeer race!

First report of the last winter market day of 2016

Today is Saturday, February 6th 2016, and it is the last day of the 2016 Jokkmokk winter market. Atleast when it comes to the street market; many of the exhibitions will still be open after the market closes. The weather is good, although with cloudy skies and snow. The temperature is -12 degrees Celsius.

After having left the camera (and its memory card) at the office yesterday, I have lots of material to publish today. I’ll do it whenever I get a break in the busy schedule, but first of all I’m going to visit the market area and the snow stage where the Sami National Day is celebrated today. At 14:00, I will participate in the reindeer race – competing in the first round against a visitor from Germany.

Here are some photos from earlier:

What would the market be…

…without a sudden change of plans caused by some unexpected thing happening? Well… To re-use a phrase from a previous post: That’s what the market is all about. Usually, it is a good thing. But today, it causes the blog to be a bit boring. Here is what happened:

I visited the Sami Education Center as planned, earlier in the afternoon. I saw the great exhibition made by the students, as well as lots of other people showcasing their work. As always, the amount of talent, creativity and tradition is amazing. And there were lots of visitors, even more than I had expected. I’m happy I went there today, because it will probably be even more people in the building tomorrow when the Sami National Day (February 6th) is celebrated. Afterwards, I made yet another full walk around the market area, and got some great photos. But as I got back to my office to publish the photos, I got a phone call from my father who was nearby – and I went out for a car ride around Jokkmokk with him. And when he had dropped me off at home, I realized that the camera (from which I had not yet copied the photos) was still in the office. So, this evening I’m left without the ability to post the photo albums I had in mind. But trust me, I’ll publish them tomorrow – along with highlights from the events tomorrow.

For tonight, I can once again recommend the #jokkmokk page, which features a lot of great photos from Instagram.

Friday: Another sunny day!

The second day of the winter market opened up to sunshine and a slightly colder temperature than yesterday. The thermometer shows -20 degrees Celsius, an improvement from the -25 degrees that we had early in the morning. There is not a single cloud in the sky, and once again the streets are full of people. Once again, my phone turned itself off because of the temperature, but I managed to get two photos of Storgatan (the main street).

2016-02-05 - Friday, 11:30

2016-02-05 - Storgatan by 11:30

In just a moment, the reindeer rajd will pass through the market area, drawing large crowds as it moves along the streets. It will make it a bit of a challenge to pass the spot where it is – but it is of course a part of what the market is all about. It is always nice to see the excitement the rajd causes, especially among visitors who have never been close to (or even seen) reindeers before. If my schedule holds up, I’ll be at the snow stage by this time tomorrow to take photos of this years rajd.

Evening photos from the market area

Photos of the street market after it had been closed for the day, and from the restaurant hut where Sara Ajnnak was signing copies of her new album “Ráhtjat“, just after having finished her last performance for this winter market.

Daylight recedes, but the day is still young…

Back after a second walk around the market area. Still great weather, although it is dark by now. And still a good amount of visitors. I did not bring the camera this time, as I had its battery in the charger, but I’ll make sure to get out again after the street market has closed for the day – as it marks the beginning of the evening and nighttime activities. There are events taking place all over Jokkmokk in the evening (just as during daytime), every day until Saturday.

I had originally planned to make an electronic music performance at the open-air historic museum tonight at 22:30, similar to what I did last year (note: Swedish post), but I’ve had to cancel the event because of technical problems. Instead, I will hopefully be able to do something music-related on Saturday. More about this later…

Saturday, by the way, will be a really exciting day. I have kept my schedule rather open for Friday in order to just do whatever comes to mind, but Saturday is planned hour by hour with things I’m going to do. Probably starting at 10:00 in the morning with the last event starting at 22:30, so it will be a long, long day. Among the things that will happen:

– Adventurer, life wanderer, musician and throat singer Björn Uglem visits the Jokkmokk winter market again! Last time was in 2014 when he hosted an event at Ájtte Museum, participated in the reindeer race and walked around the market area wearing a traditional Alaskan inuit dress. I’m hoping that he can join me for a music performance at the open-air historic museum on Saturday, but again, more about that will be posted later as the details are still not sorted out.

– At 14:00, I will participate in the reindeer race. See the video from last year to get an idea of what the race feels like for a participant!

– At 19:00, I will be heading to Hotel Akerlund for their third and last winter market dinner. Directly after the dinner, I will walk across the street from the hotel to Café Gasskas…

– At 22:30, Kitok, known for hits like “Paradise Jokkmokk”, “Halleluja” and “Norrsken i baren”, performs live at Café Gasskas. The trio made three performances during the 2015 winter market, with the third and last being at Café Gasskas (which was one of the true hightlights for me last year). This time, the Gasskas gig is the only one, and I am not going to miss it!

But that’s Saturday, and right now it feels far away. Now I’m heading out to visit the restaurant huts, meet some friends and find out what people think about the winter market so far. Another photo album will be posted later tonight, stay tuned…