Reindeer herding experience with a Sami family in Norway
Live real life of the Sami reindeer herders in Europe's last true wilderness in Norway. The Sami are the European Union's only indigenous people who are reindeer herders. The Sami family herd the reindeer in the tundra, in the middle of the most beautiful Arctic wilderness in Northern Norway. There is no electricity, and no roads, just pure nature. The Sami use snowmobiles for transportation and you will sit on wooden a sled that is pulled by a snowmobile.
Besides immersing yourself in fascinating and rich Sami culture, you will explore and live from the nature that is so pure that you can even drink straight from the stream. You can come alone or with family or friends, but the experience is always intimate and unique with a native Sami family. This stay is extraordinary and a rare possibility to experience a Sami way of life in Tundra.
A typical day with the Sami
We don't have a daily itinerary for this trip because everything happens by nature's speed at reindeer herder's life and unpredictable things can happen in reindeer herding. But a typical day with a Sami family may look like this:
8 am Wake up & breakfast
10 am Visit the reindeer stock by snowmobiles and reindeer herding activities (throwing a lasso, giving extra food to reindeer and much more)
2 pm Hot drinks and lunch
4 pm Daily tasks such as cutting firewood, fetching water, give pellets to reindeer, food preparations together
6 pm Dinner & yoik singing at the lavvu tent
10 pm Observe the sky & hunt the Northern Lights
Every guest is warmly welcome to participate in the daily tasks. The Sami family is happy to teach you all the reindeer herding tasks like how to tame reindeer to pull a sled or learn to hunt an Arctic grouse. In the cabin, there are traditional wooden Sami skiis that guests can use freely while exploring the surroundings. This is an off-grid and slowdown experience where things happen without a clock.