A culture several thousand years old, a language like no other, a lifestyle between traditional and modern, and some beautiful and distinctive cultural expressions; Sami culture is alive and well in large parts of Northern Norway.

1. Sapmi Park in Karasjok has reindeer, turf huts and lavvo tents, and presents traditional Sami coastal and inland life. Joik singing and mythology feature in the multimedia film, and you can see duoddji handicrafts.

2. Arran (which means ‘fireplace’) in Tysfjord is the cultural centre for the small group of Lule Sami, who have their own, rare language. The exhibition depicts their way of life, traditional costumes and handicrafts, but also relates how the Lule Sami have fought to keep their language and culture alive.

3. Juhls Silver Gallery in Kautokeino makes jewellery for the Sami kofte outfits. The silversmiths also make modern jewellery, and even the building, high above Kautokeino, is an oasis of art and creativity on the Finnmark plateau.

4. Grenebua in Manndalen keeps up the ancient tradition of woven grene rugs. It also produces Lyngen kofta costumes and unique knitwear patterns. Grenebua has kept important cultural heritage alive.

5. Sametinget is the Sami Parliament. The beautiful building nestles discreetly in the pine forest in Karasjok, but a closer look reveals its bold and beautiful architecture.