You can load Sompio-app to your phone or tablet to guide you at the museum. App has basic museum tour in Finnish, English, France and German as well as some additional augmented reality to enhance your museum experience. There’s also an introductory tour of the museum exhibition available online. It let’s you experience part of the main exhibition from your own home.
Andreas Alariesto (1900–1989) was a great visual artist, recorder of folk tradition, photographer, craftsman and songwriter. His colourful, vibrant and naive paintings pull the viewer into the authentic feeling and romance of Lapland of yesteryear. You can find the Museum-Gallery Alariesto right in the heart of Sodankylä, between the church and the reindeer statue.
Museum-Gallery Alariesto was opened at the summer of 1986. Andreas Alariesto died in 1989.
Did you know? Andreas Alariesto was from the village of Riesto in northern Sodankylä. In the 1960s, Riesto was covered by the Lokka reservoir. You can find a monument to Andreas Alariesto in the centre of the beautiful little village of Lokka, on the southern shore of the reservoir.
Andreas was known for his hard-working attitude, and he had a gift for producing lots of things with his hands. After he married the love of his life, Riikka, his artistic skill suddenly found new dimensions and he began to paint. Unlike with many artists, Alariesto’s works began to be appreciated during his lifetime. His first art exhibition was held in Helsinki in 1976, and it was a success.
The area of Sodankylä, Savukoski and Pelkosenniemi is known as Sompio Lapland. At the Alariesto Museum and Gallery pictures, paintings and stories by the artist himself will help you peek into the Sompio life and culture of days gone by. The landscapes, reindeer and old Saami way of life are depicted in the works to brilliant effect.
Sodankylä Folk Museum’s virtual tour
Upstairs in the Museum-Gallery, right next to the main exhibition you can find a room for Sodankylä Folk Museum virtual tour. In there you can experience the summery weekend afternoon at the Folk Museum all year around through VR-goggles or on a big TV-screen. At summer time it’s highly advisable to visit the museum in person though as it’s just a stone throw away on the South side of the town.
Sodankylä Tourist Information Office
The Sodankylä Tourist Information Office operates in the same building as the Museum-GalleryAlariesto. Pop in to ask for the best advice on where to go when you’re in Sodankylä. At the shop at the Tourist Information Office you can buy gorgeous posters, postcards and shirts with Andreas Alariesto’s work, Midnight Sun Film Festival products, books about Lapland and many other high-quality, Lapland-themed products.