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Karasjok is a town in Finnmark in Northern Norway. It is the capital of the Sami people in Norway, and home to the Sámediggi, the Sami parliament.


Landscape in Karasjok
Sámediggi, the Sámi parliament

Karasjok sits in the interior of the wide Finnmark county. The observation site there holds most of the record low temperatures in Norway, for instance the coldest ever recorded is -51,4°C. Even in the month of May -23°C has been recorded, and in August -9°C. Annual average is -2.4°C. Summer months are usually pleasently warm however with a July average 13.4°C. There is very little precipitation, annual average is around 300 mm making it one of the driest areas in Europe.

Get in[edit]

Karasjok is on Eseksen and road 92. The former takes you in from Narvik and Lakselv or from Tana, the latter from Enontekiö and Kautokeino or from Inari and Karigasniemi.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is at Lakselv

By bus[edit]

Get around[edit]

The town is small and possible to see by foot. For the surroundings some vehicle is needed unless you are a wilderness backpacker.



View from a tent site while trekking



Restaurant in the hotel, meals probably available also at some other lodgings.



  • Engholm's Husky Design Lodge, 9730 Karasjok, +47 91586625. This is an amazing place in the forests outside Karasjok.
  • Scandic Hotel Karasjok, Leavnnjageaidnu 49, +47 784 68 900, fax: +47 78468861. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. Hotel. Children welcome. Restaurant. Sauna. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. Bicycles to borrow. Standard and family rooms with en suite, economy rooms with shared facilities. Pets welcome in some rooms. Some services unavailable off season. From 890 kr.


Go next[edit]

  • Kautokeino in the middle of the Finnmarksvidda plateau.
Routes through Karasjok
NarvikLakselv  NW  NE  TanaKirkenes

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