Reindeer herding experience 

Live a life of the Sami reindeer herders in Europe's last true wilderness. The Sami family herd the reindeer in the tundra, in the middle of the wilderness in Northern Norway. Besides the immersive 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.

A typical day with the Sami

We don't have a daily itinerary for the guest because after all, everything happens by nature's speed as this is a real-life experience and unpredictable things can happen in reindeer herding.  But a typical day may look like this:

8 am Wake up & breakfast

10 am Visit the reindeer stock by snowmobiles

2 pm lunch

4 pm Daily tasks such as cutting the firewood, fetching water, food preparations

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. In the cabin, there are traditional wooden Sami
skiis that guests can use freely while exploring the surroundings. This is a slowdown experience.

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. Other airports (Tromso, Ivalo)  for an additional fee. 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 which 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 local transportation (car, snowmobile), accommodation, food (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and warm outwear clothing (overalls, boots, hat, and mittens). The 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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