6 day Sami reindeer spring migration

in Northern Norway

About migration

Experience the Sami reindeer migration with a Sami family in Northern Norway. This is once in a lifetime experience where you can live the life of the Sami and explore the beauty of the Arctic wilderness. Besides the good time, you give back directly to the Sami host family with whom you travel. The Sami are the only indigenous people living in the European Union. Their fascinating way of life and culture are threatened as approximately only  2,800 Sami work full time as reindeer herders. Take this unique privilege, which is provided by few sami reindeer herder families.

A typical day 

For this adventure, we don't have an itinerary as everything happens in nature's speed. The Sami reindeer spring migration is a unique tradition in which reindeer move from winter pastures to summer pastures. The Sami and the guests joining the migration move on snowmobiles while following the reindeer. You sit on a sled pulled by a snowmobile. Be prepaid for the bumpy journey! 

This is a slow down experience. There is a saying that the Sami walk with the reindeer. The reindeer are semi-domesticated migratory animals that Sami people follow. Sometimes the reindeer stock can stop in one place for a few days and other times they can move faster. You need to be flexible to take the things as they happen as the reindeer rule the migration. 

On the
migration, you sleep around an open fire with your Sami host family in a tent which is set up in different locations while migrating further taking equipment, tents, and food to the next location. Your Sami host family serve you traditional Sami food. You have reindeer meat in different forms, fish, bread, potatoes, and Arctic berries. You can try traditional Sami skiing and ice-fishing when the reindeer herding duties allow
it. 

Highlights

  • Live close to the Arctic nature, reindeer, and the Sami

  • Experience life in the open wilderness in winter

  • Learn reindeer herding skills and immerse yourself with the Sami culture

  • Live the life of the Sami herder for 6 days

  • Slow down and focus on the moment 

Migration details 

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Time

The Sami reindeer spring migration is an annual tradition that takes place in April / May according to each Sami family's traditions. 

 

SEASON 2022
 

APRIL 15 - 20
APRIL 22 - 27

APRIL 28 - MAY 3

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Location

Nearest airport: Alta, Norway

You are picked up from Alta airport or your hotel in Alta by your Sami host. You join the reindeer and the other herders in Tundra. When the tour finish, the host drives you back to Alta in the afternoon. 

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Accommodation

Accommodation is in a big traditional Sami lavvu tent with the Sami family and fellow travelers. Sleeping bags and mattresses are provided by your Sami host. No shower, outdoor toilet (a portable trekking toilet). 

Food

The Sami Family cooks traditional Sami homemade food from local ingredients using Arctic berries, Arctic fish, reindeer meat, bred, and much more.

 

If you have a special diet please inform us before. The family can cater to all kinds of different diets. 

 

Price

Price: € 3690 / $ 4190 / per person (5 nights, 6 days).


The price includes:
 

  • Pick-up and return from/to Alta airport / Alta city

  • Local transport (car, snowmobile) 

  • Accommodation in a traditional Sami "lavvu" tent

  • All camping supplies including a warm sleeping bag and a reindeer skin mattress

  • All-inclusive food & beverages

  • Warm outwear clothing (overalls, a hat, mittens, and boots). 

  • A native Sami family as hosts and guides 24/

    The price excludes:
     

  • Flights to Alta

  • Travel Insurance

The minimum group size is 2 persons, and the maximum group size is 6. 

Impact

Our unique trips are managed and guided by the indigenous Sami reindeer herder families. In addition to providing an extra income for the family, we support an indigenous Sami language heritage program. 

The office

 

Tiilipojanlenkki 4 A
01720  Vantaa

Finland


 

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