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.

Travel details

Time

Sami families welcome visitors from December to March in winter. All homestays start on Thursday and end on Sunday. December and January are months when it' s the magical polar night which means winter darkness when the sun never rises. Starting from February the days get more light and milder temperatures. 

Location

The location is in the middle of Tundra but the nearest town is Kautokeino. A free pick-up and return service by the Sami host is available from  Alta airport. Pick up from other airports (Tromso, Ivalo) is for an additional fee. 

The Sami host family picks up the guests from Alta and they drive to Kautokeino where guests receive their winter outwear. After loading the snowmobiles the journey continues into the wilderness. It takes about 1 -1,5 hours on a snowmobile to reach the cabin.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in a very basic wilderness cabin. There is no shower and the toilet is outdoors in a separate building that is not heated. The cabin is heated with firewood. There are 3 bedrooms, all with two separate beds. Travelers can also spend a night outdoors in a traditional Sami tent if they like. 

Price

€ 1990 / $ 2340 / per person  ( 4 Days, 3 nights,  from Thursday to Sunday) 

The price includes:

 

  • Transportation (car and snowmobile)

  • Accommodation in a basic reindeer herder's cabin

  • Traditional Sami food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 

  • Warm outwear clothing (overalls, boots, hat, and mittens

    The price excludes:
     

  • International flight

  • Travel insurance

    Please note that t
    he accommodation is very basic. In the cabin there is no shower and toilet is outdoors. Shared bedrooms (2 pp). 

Wi-Fi

Here you can go offline. We are happy to announce this a totally off-grid experience. In case of emergencies, there is a satellite phone. Here you can focus on being in the moment! 

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Are you interested to book this experience, but would you like to hear other people's experiences? Click here to read an article on Roam Magazine about a Sami & winter experience with us written by our customer Tim. You can also visit our Facebook page to read customer reviews. If you have questions, we are more than happy to help. Contact us here

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